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|Happens in other source material too
Written by Tracy W
(8/30/2005 11:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Uppercase letters, penned by Maisy
When I was studying the Australian convict system for history I read quite a few letters that were original source material and they did the same thing. There seemed to be a general tendency to capitalise when the word was particularly important but I couldn't make out any definite rule.
The convict time period went from the 1780s to roughly the 1860s so it covered the same time period. Sorry, a quick search can't find any links to convict's letters with original punctuation on the web, but I recommend Robert Hughe's _The Fatal Shore_ as a fascinating history book.
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