These 18th century documents do not always conform to modern spelling rules, which can make searching difficult. You might not think of spellings like "nabor" or "afeckshonat" or "prittey."

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Future Plans

We have been compiling a list of variant spellings in the Franklin papers, and we plan to use this list to improve our searching in the future.