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Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011, 01:29 pm
lotustea: I recommend me unto you

Hi everybody, Happy New Year!

I have a question - I have been reading a lot of primary sources from 15th and 16th century, and the phrase I come by often is "I recommend me unto you." I found the expression not only in Catherine Howard's infamous letter to Thomas Culpepper, but also in Henry VIII's letter to Wolsey and in one of the Paston letters, etc.

What does it exactly mean to "recommend oneself"? I think I kind of get the meaning, but not entirely - perhaps it is because English is not my first language. Can anyone tell me what the modern equivalent of this expression is? Thanks! 

Thu, Jan. 13th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)

It's like saying "I'm applying for membership in your social circle, please accept me"

Mon, Jan. 24th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)

Thank you! Now I get it.