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Double Letters

Æ, oe, , SH ligature, and several others cast on one shank, are called double letters: ſ and f have several ascending letters joined to them, because their beaks hanging over their stems would (were they not cast on one shank) ride upon the tops of the stems of the adjoining ascending letters. — M.

By discarding the ſ, we have lessened the number of our double letters, which are now reduced to the diphthongs æ and œ , and to , , ,ffi ligature, and ffl ligature, which are so termed by printers.

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