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Thomas Spence honoured by The Thomas Spence Trust

Thomas Spence, the well-known land reformer, utopian writer, and advocate of men and women’s rights, was honoured last week during the Spence Mini-Fest, organised by The Thomas Spence Trust. Here are some pictures from the unveiling of the commemoratory plaque, followed by the oration delivered by Keith Armstrong. Read more »

The Thomas Spence Trust and Spence Mini-Fest June 2010

It’s good to welcome the establishment of The Thomas Spence Trust, founded by a group of Tyneside activists intent on celebrating and promoting the life and work of that noted pioneer of people’s rights, pamphleteer and poet Thomas Spence (1750-1814), who has born on Newcastle’s Quayside in those turbulent times. Read more »

Next HiSoN conference to be held at the University of Leiden

The research project “Brieven als Buit/ Letters as Loot” will be organising the next Historical Sociolinguistic Network Conference at Leiden University in June 2011. This time, the theme of the conference will be: "Touching the Past: (Ego)documents in a Linguistic and Historical Perspective". Scholars interested in any aspect relating to the HiSoN Conference theme are invited to submit abstracts for papers and to propose suggestions for workshops or panel sessions. More information can be found on the conference website:

Monthly Lunch Meeting March 26th, 2010

As part of the Monthly Lunch Meeting series organized by "The Codifiers and the English Language", Casper de Jonge will be giving a lecture entitled "Between Grammar and Rhetoric: Ancient Linguistic Theories in the Context of Rhetorical Theory." The lecture will be held on March 26th, 2010 from 12:00 to 13:00 in the 1168 building, room 004. All welcome!

Robert Lowth website online

In commemoration of Robert Lowth’s 300th birthday, the well-known author of "A Short Introduction to English Grammar" and Bishop of London, 2010 may rightly be called the Robert Lowth Year. The Robert Lowth website ( is now online, including information on Lowth, various related links, an MA Thesis Prize, as well as numerous events taking place in 2010 (for example, a symposium on Robert Lowth to be held from 17-18 December 2010, at the University of Leiden). For more information, please visit

Looking for ‘Wild’s’ grammar…

At the moment I am transcribing and analysing nineteenth- century family letters from New England. In one of the letters a schoolboy mentions Wild’s grammar. So far I have not succeeded in finding details about this book. It may have been printed in America, but at the time grammars were also often imported from Great Britain. If anyone can give me more information about this book I would be much obliged.

Bas van Elburg

Next Monthly Lunch Meeting

The next session of the Monthly Lunch Meetings will start in September. They are tentatively scheduled for Friday the 25th of September, October 30th, November 27th, and December 18th. More information will follow shortly on the speakers and location.