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Is there anyone who can read and transcribe these letters to Lincoln from 1861?  I've been told that they are in an "old" German script.   https://crowd.loc.gov/campaigns/letters-to-lincoln/1861-secession-inauguration-start-of-civil-war/mal0910200/  … (Show more)
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Hello! Thank you for taking the time to explore History Hub, the discussion space for the Library of Congress' latest crowdsourcing initiative.   We'd love to hear from you about what brings you to the project, how you're using crowd.loc.gov in the classroom or for your research, and the interesting things you've discovered while transcribing.… (Show more)
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For people working on 19th century collections, such as Letters to Lincoln, it might be useful to know that back then, the capital Q was written like the numeral 2.  This comes up a lot in Letters to Lincoln because the Army had a Quarter Master Department.  It also comes up when headquarters is spelled as two words Head Quarters.  The first line… (Show more)
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From the How to Transcribe page:  "Preserve original spelling, punctuation, grammar, word order, and any page numbers or catalog letters or numbers. ... If a misspelling will impact the searchability of the document, use a tag to add the correct spelling."   Just a reminder about this because I had to fix a transcription that started with: … (Show more)
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Sometimes, writers would put a loop at the bottom of a capital "C."  Transcribers have occasionally seen it as a number 6, or the letters "Ce." The third line of this letter has the name John C Cox.  Both capital Cs have that loop.… (Show more)
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I'm posting this example, because I realize that some transcribers are not familiar with cursive.  I will post similar examples as I come across them.   This letter contains an example of the way a small "t" is sometimes written in cursive.  If it's at the end of a word, the "t" is not crossed.  Look at the word "Chestnut" in the address of this… (Show more)
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