. As used in The Adams Papers
, an endorsement is a notation (normally by the addressee but sometimes by a clerk
or other person standing in the place of the addressee) at or near the time of receipt.
A docketing, on the other hand, is a notation (usually but not invariably by someone
other than the addressee) at a later date, as in sorting or filing letters. Thus any
given letter may bear both an endorsement and one or more docketings, and we have
indicated such cases when they occur, as we have indicated variations from the standard
patterns here described. But we should point out: (1) that the distinction between
an endorsement and a docketing, while ordinarily clear, is not always so, because
the notations may be so brief as to give little clue to the handwriting; and (2) that
in the early stages of editing we did not rigorously apply the distinction stated
above, and so, although a number of corrections have been made, some imprecise and
possibly inconsistent language in the descriptive notes on the earlier letters in
this volume may have escaped us.