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Kaminski, John P.; Saladino, Gaspare J.; Leffler, Richard; Schoenleber, Charles H. (ed.) / Commentaries on the Constitution, public and private. Volume 6: 10 May to 13 September 1788
18 (1995)

Editorial procedures,   p. xvi


Page xvi

Editorial Procedures
With a few exceptions all documents are transcribed literally. Ob-
vious slips of the pen and errors in typesetting are silently corrected.
When spelling or capitalization is unclear, modern usage is followed.
Superscripts and interlineated material are lowered to the line.
Crossed-out words are retained when significant.
Brackets are used for editorial insertions. Conjectural readings are
enclosed in brackets with a question mark. Illegible and missing words
are indicated by dashes enclosed in brackets. However, when the au-
thor's intent is obvious, illegible or missing material, up to five char-
acters in length, has been silently provided.
All headings are supplied by the editors. Headings for letters contain
the names of the writer and the recipient and the place and date of
writing. Headings for newspapers contain the pseudonym, if any, and
the name and date of the newspaper. Headings for broadsides and
pamphlets contain the pseudonym and a shortened form of the title.
Full titles of broadsides and pamphlets and information on authorship
are given in editorial notes. Headings for public meetings contain the
place and date of the meeting.
Salutations, closings of letters, addresses, endorsements, and dock-
etings are deleted unless they provide important information, which
is then either retained in the document or placed in editorial notes.
Contemporary footnotes and marginal notes are printed after the
text of the document and immediately preceding editorial footnotes.
Symbols, such as stars, asterisks, and daggers have been replaced by
superscripts (a), (b), (c), etc.
Many documents, particularly letters, are excerpted when they con-
tain material that is not directly relevant to ratification. When longer
excerpts or entire documents have been printed elsewhere, or are
included in the microfiche supplements, this fact is noted.
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