Kate's Examination Results

More searching has turned up the vellum certificate that Kate earned in her examination in June 1917. Her brother John had written to her giving advice on how to prepare for it. (He was a school teacher before he became a clergyman.) I'll link to the scan and transcript of the letter.

The language and termininology are quite entertaining. Could the "Royal Sanitary Institute" exist today? "Inspector of Nuisances " is a wonderful job title.

Intriguingly, Jack signs the letter to his sister "with best love J. E. Lamin" not "Jack" or even "John"!

Was this just from habit after writing letters as a clergyman? Was he being a little pompous? Who knows?

8 comments:

Richard london traveller said...

The Royal Sanitary institute is now the Royal Society of Health and Hygiene

Anonymous said...

The Royal Sanitary Institute is now the Royal Society for the promotion of health

James said...

Hmmm: I would think that The Royal Sanitary Institute, essentially what we would term our modern day environmental health practitioners, is now the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

Tino said...

God saw theirs sentiments while they were on war,God bless them

Anonymous said...

Having seen several other letters from the same time period, I can say that it was not entirely unusual for people to sign their full names or do as Jack did even to people they knew intimately, e.g., a mother writing to a daughter.

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Jacaranda said...

He's not being pompous.
This was the done thing in his day.
You can verify this by reading other correspondence from the same period.

mad4books said...

Nuisance Inspector? How COOL! My neighborhood could use an "Inspector of Nuisances" or two. lol

I'll bet Kate would soon set things right!