Tag: Long S

  • Moses Coulter Tombstone, Bethany Cemetery

    who departed this life
    Dec 6th 1828 Aged 55 years

    Bleſsed are the dead who die in the
    Lord they rest from their labours; and
    thir [sic] works do follow them

    Broken in two but otherwise well preserved, this is a very good example of a ledger-type horizontal marker. The epitaph is an abridged version of Revelation 14:13. Note the long S in “Blessed”: although the long S was for all practical purposes extinct in print by the 1820s, it was still taught in handwriting copybooks that the first S in a double-S pair should be a long S.