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    in a late number

    What is the meaning of the underlined expression? Is it about more recent issue (publication)?
    "The "Chirurgical Journal," of Leipsic — a periodical, of high authority and merit, which some American bookseller would do well to translate and republish — records, in a late number, a very distressing event of the character in question."

    And what do you think about "character"? Does it mean "matter" or "topic here"? http://poestories.com/read/premature

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    Re: in a late number

    It means "in a recent issue" but is not current usage. The usage is 19th century. This is confirmed by "Chirurgical", "surgical" in modern usage, and "Leipsic" nowadays spelt "Leipzig."

    The "character" could have multiple modern meanings. I suspect that "type" is the most likely.

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    Re: in a late number

    Character could mean person.

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    Re: in a late number

    I got the "late number" meant recent issue, but I hadn't caught on to "chirurgical" and "Leipsic" being terms no longer in use. Learn something everyday, I suppose.

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    Re: in a late number

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Character could mean person.
    If character means person than why nothing is said about the supposed person before it? I think that when talking about something in question, we naturally assume that we already mentioned it previously.

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    Re: in a late number

    It could possibly mean "another event of the character (type) just mentioned."
    He has used 'character in this way several times before: "I might refer at once, if necessary to a hundred well authenticated instances. One of very remarkable character, "

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