Missed this one – Philip Howard to Boris Johnson spd

From The Times last Friday. Follow the link if you really need a translation. (Note: Magistratus is genitive)

To Boris Johnson, who apparently favours Latin as the official language of City Hall…

Philip Howard

Ad Borem Johannis Filium:

Ad te, puerum gratum, epistulam hanc gratulabundam Temporum Servi mittimus.

Salve, Faba Vetus.

Praefecti Londinensis proposita tametsi ioca Latine reddere, hic labor, hoc opus hominis litterati est. Nihilominus – Num Magistratus est? Si Latine ordine loqui in animo habes instituere in decurionum conciliis, linguae gymnnasium Latinae componere oportet. Urente Troia, Hecuba ad Priamum aetate provectum alloquebatur. “Non tali auxilio nec defensoribus istis tempus eget.” Te tamen, iuvenis, eget tempus. Sed in consilio multo diutius sedebis. Atque miserere scribas actorum diurnorum quos verba tua reddere cogunt et ars scribendi et Domini Nostri asperes.

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