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08 November 2014

In the Beginning There was an Ending

When transcribing a document keep in mind that there are some letters that are made in different ways depending up on their placement within a word, what the preceding letter is, etc. In the image that accompanies this post, the letter "s" is made one way when it is the first letter in a word and another way when it is the last letter in the word.


  1. Interesting observation. I have noticed in a lot of old documents a final "d" typically looks like a backwards 6.

  2. Entitled under the act
    officers and soldiers
    military service of the
    18th 1850
    James Kile

  3. Notice also the terminal 's' in James. Signatures often have differences in letter forms when compared with the standard cursive text.