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The Oxford English Dictionary lists both spellings with equal status. “Dispatch” is by far the more common spelling, uniquely so in the 16th, 17th, and 18th-century examples. “Despatch” seems to have become fashionable in the late Victorian period, which might explain why we see “Despatch” on freight cars in that timeframe. (above info from internet) The word “dispatch” (and “despatch”) derives from the Spanish “despachar”, meaning to expedite or hasten.]
Until I learn how to cut some of the "thread" material out of messages, I'll make this separate.
Looking around in the SRHA digital files for additional info on the SR Arrow monogram, I found the attached stencil scheme for
Southern vent box cars from 1897. The "billboard" stencil uses new "SR" initials but also includes "R&D Despatch" negotiated
Aug 1, 1887. (Contract No 28, the cover and page 1 are attached. I can post the other six pages if anyone is interested.)
One question I cannot find an answer for.....why is "dispatch" spelled "despatch" here and on "Atlantic Coast Despatch" (PRR/ACL)? from the same period?
Note the cover and first page of the contract use "dispatch" spelling.
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