Q: "coned", v. (past tense), 1741

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Nov 27 00:35:06 UTC 2008

What is "coned" in the following,a written by an intelligent and
well-read 20-year old South-Carolinian miss in1742, describing her
study of law from a book and writing wills for a few neighbors?

"I know I have done no harm for I coned my lesson very perfect and
know how to convey by will Estates real and personal and never forget
in its proper place, him and his heirs for Ever ..."

The editors of her journal do explain a few other words unusual to us
today, but don't say a word here.


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