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Jensen, Merrill (ed.) / Ratification of the Constitution by the states: Delaware, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut
(1978)

Editorial procedures,   pp. 19-23


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Editorial Procedures
Literal Reproduction of Official Documents
Official documents such as the Constitution, resolutions of the
Confederation Congress, state acts calling conventions, forms of rat-
ification, and proclamations are reproduced as literally as possible.
A few other documents, because of their character or importance, are
also reproduced as literally as possible. The literal reproduction of
such documents is indicated by the symbol "LT" (i.e., literal tran-
script) in the footnote citation to the source.
Those who took part in the debate over the Constitution often
quoted official documents in their writings and speeches. All such
quotations, whether accurate or not, have been printed literally. If
misquotations are merely verbal, attention is not called to them, but
if they amount to a distortion of the document quoted, that fact is
indicated in an editorial note.
Reproduction of Newspaper, Pamphlet, and Broadside Material
Eighteenth century printers sometimes used several varieties of type
in a single item-large capitals, small capitals, and italics, as well
as ordinary type. No attempt is made to reproduce varieties of type
except when capital letters and italics were evidently used for emphasis
by the author or the printer. In a few cases we have reproduced, so
far as possible, the format of newspaper items.
Newspaper items are usually printed as separate documents, but
occasionally more than one item from a single issue is printed under
the title and date of the newspaper. In such cases the items are sep-
arated by asterisks.
Notes by Contemporaries
Contemporary footnotes and marginal notes are printed as foot-
notes after the document and immediately preceding editorial foot-
notes. Eighteenth-century symbols, such as asterisks, daggers, double
daggers, etc., have been replaced by letters ("a," "b," "c," etc.), while
Arabic numbers are used for editorial footnotes. Notes inserted in the
text by authors remain in the text and are enclosed in parentheses.
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