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The Romans used a peculiar method (to modern eyes) of numbering the days, which survived into period.For each month, three principal days were defined (each term is a plural noun, used as singular): Dates are counted back from the Kalends, Ides or Nones (including the starting day).The usual notation for the Society year is: , he moved the beginning of the year to January 1.However, the early Anglo-Saxons began the new year on December 25th.As a result, a late-period traveller from France to England could celebrate the new year twice within a few months. Click here for a table of Society years versus Current Era years. Old English (Anglo-Saxon) is scarcely recognizable to the modern reader.
Another Latin convention in English correspondence concerns the relationship of a month to the present.
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Ultimo, instant, and proximo meant "of last month," "of the current month," and "of next month" respectively.
A letter written on June 15th might refer to May 19th as "the 19th ultimo," to June 30th as "the 30th instant," or to July 1st as "the first proximo." However, I have not been able to identify when these terms came into use, and I don't know if their use is period.