THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JOHN SHEPARD KEYES, TRANSCRIBED
Page Numbers and Line Spacing
- Following JSK’s practice, page numbers are centered top of each page.
- Line spacing is set to exactly 17 points, which has allowed us to get most of JSK’s pages on one page. Occasionally (as in pp. 44, 45, 46, and 47), line spacing is set to exactly 16.5, 16, 15.5, and 15 respectively.
- Emendation practice is conservative, with JSK’s words emended only in cases where meaning would not be clear; as a result, only two words have been emended:
- page 20, line 24 “machniry”à“machinery”
- page 38, line 10 “gullid” à“gullied”
- All conjectural or indiscernible readings, including those resulting from damaged MS, are noted in square brackets [ ].
- JSK’s on-line corrections of his text are not noted. For example, on p. 4, line 11, JSK originally wrote “from” but wrote over it with “for.”
- All strikethroughs and cancellations shown as in MS (i.e., “brother”).
- Only obvious paragraph indents are shown.
- MS line endings and page breaks are followed.
- JSK occasionally inserts a “½” page number, but the sense/context of this page is interrupted, i.e., see pp. 34, 34½, and 35, where page 35 seems to pick up from page 34 rather than from 34 ½. This is not a consistent practice, however. We have therefore followed JSK’s pagination, regardless of sense. To review all of these, the best method would be to search for “½” page numbers and then read the context of the preceding and following pages. When searching for these, be sure to use the automatic formatting for fractions, or the items will not come up using MS Word's 'find' command. Additionally, sometimes the “½” pages should be inserted somewhere in the midst of the preceding page (as in pp. 92 and 92½).
- Noted in square brackets are a few instances where JSKnumbers two consecutive pageswith the same number (i.e., [JSK numbers two consecutive pages 166], 166” “[second paged numbered 166] 166”).
- On p. 152, JSK talks about “the great gale” in the year 1814. When researching this, Jennifer found that a “great gale” occurred instead in New England in 1815, but we did not change the MS.
- In several instances, we cannot be sure whether JSK’s spelling of proper names and historical events, etc., is correct. All of these questionable spellings are shown in square brackets, if our research did not resolve the problem.
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