Since ELL is primarily aimed at English learners (not native speakers) and the guide lines state
If you have questions about the following topics, you may want to visit other Stack Exchange sites to see if they would be a better place to ask your question … historical English You may get a more detailed answer at english.stackexchange.com
Should we be trying to gently steer such questions to other SE sites? For example there is a user on ELL who is valiantly trying to plough their way through "The Wrecker" by Robert Louis Stephenson which was written over 130 years ago and contains many constructs and references that would be easily understood by a late Victorian reader, but have now fallen out of use. Consequently they have posted numerous questions about the meanings of various obscure passages. What should we do about this?
- Shrug our shoulders and answer the questions to the best of our ability (as we are doing now)?
- Vote to close as, technically, the questions are break the rules? - harsh
- Get the questions moved to another site?
Does anyone have any views on this?