[PW] ? Victoria Quote (Quotation Query #753)

Dennis Cunniff dcunniff at bellatlantic.net
Fri Oct 28 00:40:50 PDT 2016


> On Oct 28, 2016, at 3:32 AM, Sylvia Milne <sylviamilne at btinternet.com> wrote:
> 
> Would she have said "was".  
> 

Well, we’ve no idea, because, as an article from The Spectator on the subject (<http://www.spectator.co.uk/2008/11/mind-your-language-215/>) points out, “Queen Victoria was no model of orthopraxis.”

Even had she been, the use of the subjective was, I think, in some degree of flux at the time in question.

That article may be of use to Fred as well.


- Dennis J. Cunniff

>> On 27 Oct 2016, at 19:03, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Wikiquote attributes the well known quotation by Queen Victoria (about William E. Gladstone), "He speaks to me as if I was a public meeting." to the following:
>> 
>> 
>> "Memorandum to her private secretary Gen. Sir Henry Ponsonby (1874-11-18)"
>> 
>> 
>> Can anyone help me to locate a reliable source for this memorandum?
>> 
>> 
>> Fred Shapiro



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