From 'Vocabulary' part of The ABC Of Plain Words by Sir E Gowers (1951)

Peruse has no advantage over read, and has the disadvantage that it gives a stiff old-fashioned air to a document:

I suggest therefore that you forward the correspondence I am enclosing to Mr. X so that he can peruse same and take the matter up.

" Read it " is more natural and friendly than " peruse same ". See also Same.

As a perusal of the Act will reveal . . .

Here again it is more natural and friendly to say "as you will see by looking at the Act".

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