LOSS OF UNSTRESSED FINAL "E"

During the Middle English period and into Early Modern English, unstressed final /'/ (normally spelled -e) was lost.

Often, however, the final -e was retained in spelling into Present-Day English..

In Chaucer's time (ca. 1400), the pronunciation of final /'/ in standard London English was apparently optional: that is, some conservative speakers would pronounce the final /'/, and others would omit it.