Reply To: The united States (Bizarre Capitalization)


Jefferson capitalized oddly in private correspondence and unpublished manuscripts, often using the lower case throughout a paragraph after capitalizing the first letter. In public documents of his day, one often finds old-fashioned capitalization more akin to German capitalization, in which nouns were capitalized and other words weren’t. In general, however, one should not read any significance into capitalization of 18th- and early 19th-century writings