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A Note on Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation

Category: Miscellaneous

Image result for Old Feather PESFollowing are a few comments on the style of documents offered across the website:

Notes on Spelling

Prior to approximately 1800, there was virtually no uniform standard for spelling across United States. Accordingly, any given word could be spelled in a number of ways. In fact, one may find the same word spelled differently in the same document. An example from the Mayflower Compact of 1620 demonstrates this condition:

We whose names are underwriten, the loyall subjects of our dread soveraigne Lord King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britaine, Franc, & Ireland king, defender of the faith, &c., haveing undertaken for the glorie of God, and advancemente of the Christian faith, and honor of our king and countrie,...

We have maintained, as best we can, the original spelling as it appears in the original document.

Notes on Capitalization and Punctuation

Similarly jarring is the early use of capitals and commas. For an example of the copious use of commas, refer to the above example. Regarding the excessive use of capitals, the following example extracted from a 1794 letter by Robert Trent Paine, a signer of the Declaration of Independence is illustrative. Words underlined would not be capitalized today:

I Believe the Bible to be the written word of God & to Contain in it the whole Rule of Faith & manners; I consent to the Assemblys Shorter Chatachism as being Agreable to the Reveal'd Will of God & to contain in it the Doctrines that are According to Godliness.

We have maintained, as best we can, the original capitalization as it appears in the original document.

 

 

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Notable Quotes

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always count on Paul’s support.

George Bernard Shaw


Founder's Quotes

"I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared."

Thomas Jefferson to William Plumer, July 21, 1816


Did You Know?

Gouverneur Morris (1752-1816), a signer of the Constitution from Pennsylvania, was appointed by President George Washington as the United States Commissioner to England (1790-1791) and the United States Minister to France (1792-1794). He became a United States Senator (1800-1803), and was the chairman of the Erie Canal Commission (1810-1813). His last elected position was that of president of the New York Historical Society (1816).


A Government of Laws...

Article V - Amendment Process - United States Constitution

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.


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A Book You Should Read

Original Intentions: On Making and Ratification of the United States Constitution, M.E. Bradford (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1993)