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70. 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.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.