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S. Congress in September 1780, John Adams underlines the increasing geopolitical importance of the Anglo-American world: In the last Century, Latin was the universal Language of Europe. Correspondences among the learned, and indeed among Merchants and Men of T H E P RO G R E S S O F E N G L I S H 41 Business and the Conversation of Strangers and Travellers, was generally carried on in that dead Language. In the present Century, Latin has been generally laid aside, and French has been substituted in its place; but has not yet become universally established, and according to present Appearances, it is not probable that it will.

Who increas’d its Praise, Rich in bold Compounds, & strong-painted Phrase, To WALLER! Sweet’ner of its manly Sound:— To DRYDEN! — While these couplets invoke Chaucer and the other authors, the subject they celebrate is “the English Tongue” and its refinement to “full Perfection”— a progression that is presented as only being consummated in Dryden’s age. 18 While the engraving depicts the English corner in the Temple of Apollo, it is clear that this is but one part of a larger structure. The Temple of Apollo, as it is pictured here, is a commodious structure.

Who the English Tongue design’d: To SPENSER! who improv’d it, and refin’d:— To Muse-fir’d SHAKESPEAR! who increas’d its Praise, Rich in bold Compounds, & strong-painted Phrase, To WALLER! Sweet’ner of its manly Sound:— To DRYDEN! — While these couplets invoke Chaucer and the other authors, the subject they celebrate is “the English Tongue” and its refinement to “full Perfection”— a progression that is presented as only being consummated in Dryden’s age. 18 While the engraving depicts the English corner in the Temple of Apollo, it is clear that this is but one part of a larger structure.

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