Basil L Gildersleeve to Donald Gay Baker, letter, 1908

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Basil L Gildersleeve to Donald Gay Baker, letter, 1908

The American Journal of Philology

Basil L. Gildersleeve

Baltimore Nov. 9 1908
Dear Professor Baker:
I have never made Greek or Roman slang the
subject of a special study. Not long ago in pursuing this
and tropes of ancient Greek and modern American life, it
occurred to me that it would be interesting to compare
the tropes that underlie modern slang with the range
of the figures involved in the Greek equivalent but I
have not followed up the matter. The commentators have
touched on this period and that —attempts have been made to
get at a [catastropie raisonne / radonnee?] of comic effects — and some of
my own men I hope and [Peffer?] for instance have made
contributions to the study of the comic vocabulary but
I cannot recall any separate thematic? on the subject -
The field seems to be still open for the explorer and
I am sorry that I cannot be of any help to you
in the prosecuting of studies — which are much more [a/ for?]
our friend [must aid? / Mustaio’s? ] him than it mine.

With deep appreciation of the compliment you
have paid me in asking my assistance.

I am

Yours sincerely
B. L. Gildersleeve


Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve
Donald Gay Baker
Date written
November 9, 1908
x in x x in
Penmanship Style
joined-word writing; (I have coined this myself, until an existing term is found, or another better term can be created.) While he served in the Civil War, and in theory could have learned to write in the style of telegraph operators, this is not something that I have found to be true.
Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, Pennsylvania
MS 851

File name
Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve 1831-00x-00x-00x
Wikipedia[1], WorldCat [2]

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