It is of the greatest importance that the Capital Letters be used correctly and in accordance with some fixed rules, or otherwise the manuscript will have a very untidy appearance, and confusion in meaning may arise in the mind of the reader. The correct use of Capitals in letters is an art easily cultivated and will often be the means of securing favorable consideration for the one who pens the letter.
We here give the most important rules which, if followed, will secure correct use of Capital Letters.
The Small Letters of our Alphabet constitute the great bulk of all kinds of printed or written matter. Capitals, however, are employed in certain cases at the commencement of words, for the purpose of attracting special attention.
(3) All adjectives formed from proper nouns; as, Roman, Spanish, Elizabethan.
(4) Adjectives denoting asect or religion, whether formed from proper nouns or not; as, Catholic, Protestant, Universalist.
(5) Common nouns when spoken to, or spoken of, in a direct and lively manner, as persons, that is personified.
(6) The first word of every line of poetry; as, " Should certain persons die before they sing."
(7) All appellations of the Deity, and the personal pronouns he and thou when standing for His name.
(8) The first word of a direct quotation ; that is, one that forms a complete sentence by itself and is not connected with what precedes by that, if, or any other conjunc-tion, as, "Remember the old maxim: ' Honesty is the best policy.'
(9) The pronoun I, and the interjection O, must always be written with Capitals.
(10) Begin with a Capital every noun, adjective, and verb, in the titles of books and headings of chapters ; as, " Hervey's ' Meditations among the Tombs.' "Ernest Seton Thompson's ' Wild Animals I Have Known.' "
Observe the difference between the interjections O and oh. The former is used only before the names of objects addressed or invoked, is not immediately followed by an exclamation-point (!) and must always be a capital; the latter is used by itself to denote different emotions of the mind, has an exclamation-point after it, and begins with a Small Letter, except at the commencement of a sentence.
Use a Small Letter in all cases where one of these rules does not apply. When in doubt, use a Small Letter.