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672 By {heauen} <Heau’n,> Ile make a ghost of him that lets me,1.4.85
1765 john1 R3
672 lets] Johnson (ed. 1765, 5:236 n. 9), on R3 1.2.37 (232), “I’ll make a Coarse of him that disobeys”: “So in Hamlet, I’ll make a ghost of him that holds me.”
Ed. note: Johnson misremembers Ham.
This note is interesting because I rarely find JOHN x-referencing other plays. Also, he cites it from memory, it seems, because he uses the word “holds” rather than lets. Does he have that emendation in his Hamlet? If he does, I missed it. Recheck. No. For now, I have added it to the collation at the top. Checking JOHN1, he definitely has lets.
1773 v1773
672 lets] Steevens (ed. 1773): “To let among the old authors signifies to prevent, to hinder. Steevens.”
1773 gent
gent = v1773 without attribution
672 lets] Gentleman (ed. 1773): “for hinders.”
1780 mals1
672 lets] Malone (1780, 1:351), says “To follow Steevens’s note.]] So, in No Wit like a Woman’s, a comedy by Middleton, 1657: ‘That lets her not be your daughter now.’”
672 lets] Malone (1780, 1:492 n. 3), on Luc. 328 Who with a ling’ring stay his course doth let,” “To let, in ancient language, is to obstruct, to retard. So, in [672, and he quotes]. .Malone.
672 lets] Malone (1780, 2: 26 n. 9) on Per. 1.2.61-2: “—and heaven forbid That Kings should let their ears hear their faults hid.” “To let is here, to hinder. So, in [672, and quotes]. Again, in Tancred and Gismund, 1592: ‘Nor base suspect of aught to let his suit. Malone.
1785 v1785
672 that lets me] Reed (ed. 1785): see 1:188
1787 ann
ann: standard without attribution
672 that lets me] Anon. (Annotations 1787, 6: 36): “That hinders, or stops me. ***”
In a couple of instances ANN has the signature 3 asterisks. In this case, since others had the same def. I am not sure why the anon. signature. Or Maybe it means the editor? But a few notes are signed “Editor.”
Since Gentleman has this same def., it is perhaps he? But still, why the anonymity?
1790 mal
mal = v1778; = mals1 1:351)
672 lets] Malone (ed. 1790): “To let among out old authors signifies to prevent, to hinder. Steevens.
“So in No Wit like a Woman’s, a comedy by Middleton, 1657: ‘That lets her not be your daughter now.’ Malone.
1790- mTooke
672 lets] Tooke (ms. notes in ed. 1790): “and new.”
1791- rann
Rann mals1; john1 on R3 without attribution +
672 lets me] Rann (ed. 1791-): “obstructs me. — ‘I’ll make a corse,’ &c. [R3 1.2.37 (232)] Glo. ‘What lets’ [TGV 3.1. 113(1182)]. Val.”
1793 v1793
v1793 = v1773, mals1, +
672 lets] Steevens (ed. 1793): “It is still a word current in the law, and to be found in almost all leases.”
1803 v1803
v1803 = v1793
672 lets]
1805 Seymour
Seymour: standard +
672 lets] Seymour (1805, 2:158): “To let, undoubtedly, signifies ‘to hinder,’ but I cannot help considering this expression as the offspring of that preposterous disposition which often prevails in these works, to ‘palter with us in a double sense’.”
1813 v1813
v1813 = v1803
672 lets]
1819 cald1
cald1: standard
672 lets] Caldecott (ed. 1819): “Obstructs.”
1821 v1821
v1821 = v1803 + john R3 without attribution
672 lets] Blakeway (apud ed. 1821) notes the parallel: “‘Villains set down the corse, or by St. Paul, I’ll make a corse of him that disobeys.’ [R3 1.2.37 (232)].”
1826 sing1
sing1: 1st john R3 without attribution, then ≈ Steevens’s v1773 def. without attribution , v1793 on leases, without attribution.
672 lets] Singer (ed. 1826): “To let, in old language is to hinder, to stay, to obstruct; and still a current term in leases and other legal instruments.”
nothing new
1832 cald2
cald2 = cald1
672 lets]
1833 valpy
valpy: standard
672 lets] Valpy (ed. 1833): “Hinders.”
1839 knt1
knt1 = cald2
672 lets]
1843 col1
col1 standard
672 that lets me] Collier (ed. 1843): “i.e. that hinders or prevents me. See [6:409]. The word hardly requires a note.”
1844 verp
verp: standard
672 Verplanck (ed. 1844): “Of him that hinders or obstructs me; a common sense of the word in the reign of Elizabeth, though now obsolete.”
1854 del2
del2 standard
672 lets] Delius (ed. 1854): “Sh. [gebraucht] to let in der in him geläufigen Beduetung = ‘hindern,’ eigentlich ‘unterlassen machen.’” [Sh. uses to let in the familiar meaning ‘to hinder,’ really ‘to cause to be omitted.’]
1856 hud1
hud1 = sing1 minus (struck out) without attribution; col1 in magenta without attribution
672 lets] Hudson (ed. 1856): “To let, in old language is to hinder, to stay, to obstruct; and still a current term in leases and other legal instruments or prevent.
1856b sing2
sing2 = sing1
672 lets]
1858 col3
col3 = col1 (subst.)
672 that lets me]
1860 stau
stau standard
672 lets] Staunton (ed. 1860): “That hinders, or obstructs me.”
1861 wh1
wh1: standard
672 lets] White (ed. 1861): “that stays or hinders me.”
1868 c&mc
c&mc: standard
672 lets] Clarke & Clarke (ed. 1868): “‘Hinders,’ ‘prevents.’ See [TGV 3.1. 113 (1182), n. 11].”
1870 rug1
rug1: Mätzner; Wedgwood
672 lets] Moberly (ed. 1870): “According to Mätzner and others, ‘let’ in the sense of hindering is derived from the A. S. ‘letjan,’ ‘to retard;’ and differs from the ordinary ‘let,’ which is from læten (lassen). Mr. Wedgwood considers the first to be simply the causative of the second; as to hinder a person means to make him leave a thing undone.”
1872 cln1
cln1:standard gloss + analogues
672 lets me] Clark & Wright (ed. 1872): “hinders me. Compare Romans 1.13, and 2 Thessalonians 2.7.”
1872 hud2
hud2 = hud1
672 lets]
1873 rug2
rug2 = rug1 minus Wedgwood
672 lets]
1877 v1877
v1877= Steevens v1793; cln1
672 lets]
1877 col4
col4: standard
672 lets]
1881 hud3
hud3 ≈ hud2
672 lets]
1883 wh2
wh2: standard
672 lets]
1885 mull
mull : standard
672 lets]
1938 parc
672 lets] Parrott & Craig (ed. 1938): “hinders.”
1939 kit2
kit2: standard
672 lets] Kittredge (ed. 1939): "hinders."
1947 cln2
cln2: standard
672 lets] Rylands (ed. 1947): "hinders."
1957 pel1
pel1: standard
672 lets] Farnham (ed. 1957): “hinders.”
1970 pel2
pel2 = pel1
672 lets] Farnham (ed. 1970): “hinders”
1980 pen2
pen2: standard
672 lets] Spencer (ed. 1980): “hinders.”
1982 ard2
ard2: standard
672 lets] Jenkins (ed. 1982): “hinders.”
1985 cam4
672 lets] Edwards (ed. 1985): "hinders."
1987 oxf4
oxf4: standard
672 lets] Hibbard (ed. 1987): "hinders, tries to stop."
1988 bev2
bev2: standard
672 lets] Bevington (ed. 1988): “hinder.”
1992 fol2
fol2: standard
672 lets me] Mowat & Werstine (ed. 1992): “holds me back”
2006 ard3q2
672 make a ghost] Thompson & Taylor (ed. 2006): “Hamlet speaks as if he or someone else has just used the word ghost: see R3 1.2.36-7 : ’Villains! set down the corse or by Saint Paul / I’ll make a corse of him that disobeys!’”

ard3q2: standard
672 lets] Thompson & Taylor (ed. 2006): “prevents. This otherwise obsolete sense survives in the formulaic phrase ’let or hindrance’.”