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what day of May, please?
« on: Thursday 03 September 20 08:42 BST (UK) »
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Re: what day of May, please?
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 03 September 20 08:49 BST (UK) »
Hi Gadget,

As you know, I'm no expert at this  ;D, but could it be eighth?

Edit: It looks as though it starts with "e", but the "i" is back-to-front for secretary hand (I think). The last 2 letters could well be "th", though...

Let's see what the experts say.  :)

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« Reply #2 on: Thursday 03 September 20 08:52 BST (UK) »
Thanks, Karen - you're much better than me!

I can see an e in there!
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« Reply #3 on: Thursday 03 September 20 08:53 BST (UK) »
Sorry - I edited while you were replying and I didn't get a red message, for some reason...
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« Reply #4 on: Thursday 03 September 20 08:59 BST (UK) »
 I can make out an e and th but not the other letters  :-\
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Re: what day of May, please?
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 03 September 20 09:03 BST (UK) »
I'd say the 'xxiijth day of Maij', so that would be the 23rd of May.

The last '1' of a number was always written as a 'j'.
I've seen months ending in 'ij' before, but I can't remember why!
Perhaps someone can enlighten us.  :)
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« Reply #6 on: Thursday 03 September 20 09:05 BST (UK) »
Surely it says xxiij, i.e. 23?

Edit red message but I'll still post it  :-X
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« Reply #7 on: Thursday 03 September 20 09:10 BST (UK) »
Thanks.   

I did think if roman numerals  at first sight  but I still don't see xx - the first two look like e and a lose o or e.
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« Reply #8 on: Thursday 03 September 20 09:12 BST (UK) »
Isn't it strange how we see things differently - I can't see anything but an 'x'  :)
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