To my fellow transcribers of the Freedmen's Bureau papers:
The special instructions for the Freedmen's Bureau documents instruct that:
"+ or & or &c. = et cetera, etc. [[Please transcribe this as & or “and”]]". (I'll link that document here:
Does this mean that "&c." should be transcribed as "&" or "and" -- or should I transcribe it as it appears in the document?
my own impression is that that is the way folks back then wrote "etc." but I am happy to be proven wrong. Since the instructions are to type what you see I would write "&c" as being most accurate.
But I trust someone with more expertise than I will chime in.