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Conventions in Transcribing

The following conventions have been used during all transcripts in the Thomas Bowker project.

Lettering:  The transcription shows the letters and spelling of the original documents except where more recognisable letters are now in use, e.g.

th for y

s for f and ss for ff

u and v were interchangeable so the modern spelling is used

Where it has not been possible to recognise a letter, * has been used.
Abbreviations:  These are commonly used in historical documents. The original entry is replicated in the transcription followed by a suggestion in square brackets as to the meaning of the abbreviation.
Punctuation:  Note that in many historical legal documents there are no commas, full stops or any other punctuation marks.  Consequently, the transcription reflects this.