Talk:Mary Katherine Goddard
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Lack of clarity about businesses
An earlier editor posted the following unreferenced information as a reference, which didn't make sense:
- Mary Katherine Goddard was 24 years old in 1762 when she took an interest in her brother William's business, the Providence Gazette and Country Journal. She next partnered with her mother to start a business they named the Gazette. The Gazette printed almanacs, pamphlets, and books.
Katharine vs Katherine
Generally speaking, we go with what the preponderance of sources say, and based on the references, I see more spelling it with an "e" than an "a".
However, if you look at the image in this source, it is clearly spelled with an "a".
Given the alternative spellings, and the possible fact that Katherine with an "e" is more common today, I think many of the sources are simply mistaken and think we ought to override our usual rules given the original document.
- Addendum. It occurs to me that the spelling on the declaration of independence could itself be a mistake, which would be awkward. I haven't read all of the references so don't know whether it has been discussed. I'm also far short of an expert on spelling in that era but I've read few things that suggest that alternative spellings when phonetically identical are common, so perhaps it is possible she herself spelled it both ways at different times. The OED notes: In ordinary handwritten documents, however, even those of well-educated people, spelling continued to vary noticeably until well into the eighteenth century.