DANTE!PEL (pitselly) wrote in little_details,

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regency period letter writing.

Oh, hey. I need to write something taking place in the early 1800s, during the Napoleonic wars. It will involve letter writing, in period-style.

Basically, how does I write in this style? From what I can tell of examples presented, Regency Era letter writing is really strange has a system that makes sense to someone, and that someone is not me. Largely, it's the Random Capitals over Nouns of which I have No Idea why They are Capitalized and also strnge abbrv. in odd plac.s, odd smatterings... of ellipses... not to mention period specific spelling which I cannot hope to replicate here.

I am not looking for how to write in a period-specific voice, mind, I have confidence in my ability to pull that off convincingly enough, but a guide or lexicon or even a rule of thumb on which words are capitalized or abbreviated, or how certain words were spelled, or a note about where ellipses go would be much appreciated.

My internet searches have given me a large heap of absolutely nothing, besides a lengthy overview of how Regency Period letters were written, but nothing as to their content. Any input would, again, be appreciated, and thank you kindly for it.
Tags: 1800-1809, uk: history: regency period, ~handwriting

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