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Re: "strange letters" and the Castle of Mey




I think there must be some sort of variance in the email software people 
are using.  It does happen quite often unfortunately (as a technician and 
tech support person you see this all the time).   Yes, the message you've 
quoted here John, is getting to a lot of people, but not to 
all.  Personally, I get this:

"> <><> <> <> <><> <> <> <><>DDoonnaalldd::&&nnbbsspp;; II hhaavvee aa S"

and nothing else... others seem to be getting some html references within 
the message...

It's not unusual for this kind of thing to occur within varying email 
software, but it can be disconcerting for those who are not as 
"technically" savvy as others.

Thanks for inserting the message within yours - I wouldn't have been able 
to read it otherwise! :)

Margaret



  At 11:31 AM 19/06/99 -0500, you wrote:

> >Is there some sort of "bug" at work.
>
>Not in the list software.
>
> >  I am getting these strange letters also
>
>The specific line from that message that people keep quoting has explicitly
>encoded in it a letter y with umlaut and a letter thorn.  Those letters do
>not occur in (modern) English words, and are probably typographical errors.
>They are nothing to get upset about.
>
>The rest of Richard Lower's message is clearly legible, and says:
>
>     Dear Donald: Andrew Sinclair says they were: Hubert Sinclair, Earl
>     of Rye, and four of his sons, Radulph, Hubert, Adam and Eudo.
>     Walderne, Earl of St Clare with his three sons, Richard, Britel and
>     William.  He adds the Earl of Senlis, then notes that ``he was a
>     Frenchman and not a Norman'' He says that ``it is not improbable''
>     that Senlis added his name with his sons on the Roll of De Sancto
>     Claro, but there is no record to support this.  Note that Hubert
>     and his sons were Englishmen from East Sussex, while his brother
>     and nephews were Norman. This and much more from Andrew's
>     book The Sinclairs of England.
>
>Several people have replied to the content of Richard's message, so
>I'm not the only one who can read it.
>
>Regarding Jenny-Louise Coster's web page about the Castle of Mey,
>it *is* a photograph of a newspaper article; that's why you see
>a photograph when you look at
>  http://www.geocities.com/CollegePark/Lounge/2916/sunqueen.htm
>
>Personally, I found it quite interesting, and I thank Jenny for preparing it.
>
> >Laurel
>
>John
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