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An essay towards an history of the English tongue. The fourth edition with additions. Divided into five preliminary dissertations; And Giving an Account, I. Of the Roman or Latin Tongue, as once spoken in Britain. II. Of the British or Welsh, and its antient, and present Limits. III. Of the Pyhtas, corruptly called Picts, by the Romans; their Settlement in the North of Britain: The Original of the Name, and the Nature, Extent and Duration of their Language. IV. Of the Scots from Ireland; and the Extent of the Erse Language; in order to distinguish it from the English in Scotland. V. Of the Aera of the Language properly called English. By John Free, D.D.

  • Free, John, 1712?-
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London : printed for the author; and sold by W. Brown, Essex-Street, in the Strand; W. Ash, Little Tower-Street; and the pamphlet-shops south of the Royal-Exchange, [1788]

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xxxiv,[1],30-147,[3]p. ; 8⁰.


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Electronic reproduction. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Thomson Gale, 2003. (Eighteenth century collections online). Available via the World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreements.

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ESTC T84595



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