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N. G. - New Granada; Noble Grand.
N.H. - New Hampshire; New Haven.
N.H.H.S. - New Hampshire Historical Society.
Ni. pri. - Nisi prius (law).
N. J. - New Jersey.
n. 1. - Non liquet, It does not appear.
N. lat. -North latitude.
N.Mex. - New Mexico.
N. N. E. - North-Northeast.
N. N. W. - North-Northwest.
N. 0. - New Orleans.
No. - Numero, number.
Nol. pros. - Nolens prosequi, Unwilling to prosecute.
Nom. or nom. - Nominative.
Non con. - Not content; dissenting (House of Lords).
Non cul. - Non culpabilis, Not guilty.
Non obst. - Non obstante, notwithstanding.
Non pros. - Non prosequitur, He does not prosecute.
Non seq. - Non sequitur, It does not follow.
Nos. - Numbers.
Nov. - November.
N.P. - Notary Public; New Provi dence.
N. T. - New Testament.
N.u. - Name, or names, unknown.
Num. - Numbers; Numeral.
N.V.M. - Nativity of the Virgin Mary.
N. W. - Northwest.
N.W.T. - Northwestern Territory.
N.Y.H.S. - New York Historical Society.
Ob. - Obiit, He (or she) died.
Obad. - Obadiah.
Obj. - Objection; Objective.
Obt. or obdt. - Obedient.
Oct. - October.
O.F. - Odd-Fellow, or Odd-Fellows.
O.F.P. - Order of Friar Preachers.
Old Test. or O.T. - Old Testament.
Olym. - Olympiad.
Ont. - Ontario.
Opt. - Optics; Optical; Optional.
Or. - Oregon.
Ord. - Ordinance; Order; Ordnance; Ordinary.
Orig. - Originally.
Ornith. - Ornithology.
O.S. - Old Style (before 1752).
O.S.F. - Order of St. Francis.
O.T. - Old Testament.
O. U. A. - Order of United Americans.
Oxf. - Oxford.
Oxon. - Oxoniensis Oxonii, of Oxford, at Oxford.
Oz. - Ounce.
P. - Pondere, by weight.
P. or p. - Page; Part; Participle.
Pa. - Pennsylvania.
Pal. - Palaeontology.
Par. - Paragraph.
Par. Pas. - Parallel passage.
Parl - Parliament.
Pathol. - Pathology.
Payt. - Payment.
Pb. - Plumbum, lead.
P.B. - Philosophic Baccalaureus, Bachelor of Philosophy.
P. C - Patres Conscripti, Conscript Fathers; Senators.
P.C. - Privy Council; Privy Councilor.
P. D. - Philosophies Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy.
Pd. - Paid.
P.E. - Protestant Episcopal.
P.E I. - Prince Edward Island.
Penn. - Pennsylvania.
Pent. - Pentecost.
Per or pr. - By the.
Per an. - Per annum, by the year.
Percent. - Per centum, by the hundred.
Peri. - Perigee.
Pet - Peter.
P. G. - Past Grand.
Phar. - Pharmacy.
Ph. B. - Philosophiae; Baccalaureus, Bachelor of Philosophy.
Ph. D. - Philosophiae Doctor, Doctor of Philosophy.
Phil. - Philip; Philippians; Philosophy; Philemon.
Phila. or Phil. - Philadelphia.
Philom. - Philomathes, Lover of Learning.
Philomath. - Philomathematicus, A lover of the mathematics.
Phil. Trans. - Philosophical Transactions.
Phren. - Phrenology.
P.H.S. - Pennsylvania Historical Society.
Pinx. - Pinxit, He (or she) painted it.
Pk. - Peck.
Pl. or plur. - Plural.
Plff. - Plaintiff.
P.M. - Post Meridiem, Afternoon, Evening; Postmaster; Passed Midshipman.
P. M. G. - Postmaster-General; Professor of Music in Gresham College.
P.O. - Post-Ofnee.
Poet. - Poetical.
Pop. - Population.
Port. - Portugal; Portuguese.
Pos. - Position; Positive; Possession.
P.P. - Pater Patrice, Father of his
Country; Parish Priest. P. P.C. - Pour prendre conge, to take leave. Pp. or pp. - Pages. Pph. - Pamphlet. Pr.-By. P. R. - Populus Romanus, the Roman
People; Porto Rico; Proof-reader;
Prize Ring. P. R. A. - President of the Royal
Academy. P. R.C. - Post Romam conditam,
After the building of Rome. Pref. - Preface. Prep. - Preposition. Pres. - President. Prin. - Principally. Pro. - For; in favor of. Prob. - Problem. Prof. - Professor. Pron. - Pronoun; Pronunciation. Prop. - Proposition. Prot. - Protestant. Pro tern. - Pro tempore, for the time being. Prov. - Proverbs; Provost. Prox. - Proximo, next (month). P. R.S. - President of the Royal Society. P. S. - Post scriptum, Postscript. P.S. - Privy Seal. Ps. - Psalm or Psalms. Pt. - Part; Pint; Payment; Point;
Port; Post-town. P.Th.G. - Professor of Theology in
Gresham College. Pub. - Publisher; Publication; Published; Public. Pub. Doc - Public Documents. P. v. - Post-village. Pwt. - Pennyweight; pennyweights. Pxt. - Pinxit, He (or she) painted it. Q. - Queen; Question, q. - Quasi, as it were; almost. Q. B. - Queen's Bench. Q. C. - Queen's College; Queen's
Counsel. q. d. - Quasi dicat, as if he should say; quasi dictum, as if said; quasi dixisset, as if he had said. q.e. - Quod est, which is. q.e.d. - Quod erat demonstrandum, which was to be proved. q. e. f. - Quod erat faciendum, which was to be done. q.e. i. - Quod erat inveniendum, which was to be found out. q.l. - Quantum libet, as much as you please. Q. M. - Quartermaster. qm. - Quomodo, how; by what means. Q. M. G. - Quartermaster-General.
q. p. or q.pl. - Quantum placet, as much as you please.
Qr. - Quarter.
Q. S. - Quarter - sessions; Quarter-section.
q. s. - Quantum sufficit, a sufficient quantity.
Qt. - Quart.
qu. or ay. - Quare, inquire; query.
Quar. - Quarterly.
Ques. - Question.
q.v. - Quod vide, which see; quantum vis, as much as you will.
R. - Recipe, take. Regina, Queen; Rex, King. River; Rod; Rood; Rises.
R.A. - Royal Academy; Royal Academician; Royal Arch; Royal Arcanum; Royal Artillery.
RC. - Rescriptum, a Rescript, rewritten.
R. E. - Royal Engineers.
Rec - Recipe, or Recorder.