Dear Alan, Dawn and others,
I've been mulling over both of your reponses to my query, and decided to have a look
at my facsimile copy of the HTG Vols. ! & !!, 1816 - 1817, and I think I've
answered my own question. It appears that: Capital S is 'S', the final S is our
lower case 's', and everything else is the f-like letter s. There is a small
number of exceptions...a tiny minority of words begin with our normal lower case
's'...I believe that this was due to the well documented shortage of type that the
Gazette experienced in its early years.
So, though I miffed feeing the pattern you fpoke of Alan at firft,my queft was a fuccefs,
thanks yet again to all of you fuperb people on this lift!