A Note on Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation


Author: sheky9202 posted in Miscellaneous

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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.