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Abbreviations and Acronyms
 
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A/c Account or accounts
A.C.G. Assistant Commissary-General  
A.D.C. Aide de camp  
Affect. Affectionate  
Actg. Acting  
Adjt. Genl. Adjutant General  
Allce. Allowance  
Am. American  
Amb. Ambassador  
Arty. Artillery  
Asst., Assist. or Assts. Assistant or Assistants  
A.Q.M.G. or Asst. Qr. Mast. Genl. Assistant Quarter Master General  

Bd.

Board

Blk. Black  
Br. North America British North America  
Brig. Genl. Brigadier General  
Br. Brother  
Bt. Brevet  
B. W. Big wigs  

C.A.D.

Charlotte Augusta Drake

C. A. D. D. Charlotte Augusta Dring Drake  
C.B. Companion of the Bath  
C.C. Commissariat Clerk  
C.G. or Comy. Genl. Commissary-General  
The C.G. Either William Henry Drake’s father, retired C.G. John Drake, or William Henry Drake’s superior officer, William Filder, depending on the context  
Capt. or Capts. Captain or Captains  
Cav. Cavalry  
Cd. Could  
Chas. Charles  
Ck. Or Clks. Clerk or Clerks  
Co. or Coy. Company  
Col. Colonel  
Comg. Commanding  
Commdt. Commandant  
Comr. or Comndrs. or Commrs. Commander or Commanders (Royal Navy)  
Commr. in Chief Commander in Chief  
Comm. or Commt. or Commisst. Commissariat  
Comy. or Commy. or Comssy Commissary  
Comps. Compliments  
Contd. Continued  
Sir C. T. Sir Charles Trevelyan  
Cwt. Centum weight or hundredweight  

D.A.C.G.

Deputy-Assistant Commissary-General

D.A.Q.M.G. Deputy Assistant Quarter Master General  
D.C.G. Deputy Commissary-General  
d. Dead  
dd. Died  
Decr. December  
Dep., Dept. or Depts. Department or Departments  
Depy. Deputy  
Det. Detachment  
Div. Division  
D.G. or Dn. Guards Dragoon Guards  
Do. Ditto  
Doz. Dozen  
D.V. Deo volente (God willing)  

E. I. Co.

East India Company

Empd. Employed  
Establishmt. Establishment  
Evg. Evening  

Feb.

February

Fh. French  
Fr. From  

Gds.

Guards

Genl. General  
Genl. Commg. General Commanding  
Gib. Gibraltar  
Gk. Greek  
Govr. Genl. Governor General  
Govt. Government  
Gren. Gds. Grenadier Guards  
Gulln. I have not worked out what this means  

Hd. Qrs.

Head Quarters

Highlds. Highlanders  
H.M. or H.M.S. Her Majesty’s Ship or Steamer  
Hon. or Honl. Honourable  
H.P. Half pay  

Inc.

Including

Inst. Instant (this month)  
Isld. Island  

K.C.B.

Knight Commander of the Bath

Knts. Knights  

Ld.

Lord

lb. or lbs. Pound or pounds  
Lt. or Lieut. Lieutenant  
Lt. Col. Lieutenant Colonel  
Lt. Dragoons Light Dragoons  

M. Genl.

Major General

Mily. Military  
Mily. Secr. or Mil. Secy. Military Secretary  
Morng. Morning  
Mos. Months  

N.

North

N.E. North east  
No. Number  
Non Coms. or Non C. Officer Non Commissioned Officer  
Nt. Night  

OCk.

O’clock

Offr. or Offrs. Officer or Officers  
O.S. Old Style calendar  

p.

Past

p.a. Per annum (per year)  
Paymr. Genl. Offr. Paymaster General’s Office or Officer  
p.d. Per day  
p. qt. Per quart  
Post Mast. Genl. Post Master General  
P.P.C. visits Pour prendre congĂ© – to take leave  
Pr. Pair  

Qn.

Question

Qr. Mr. Quartermaster  
Q.M.G. Quarter Master General  
Quant. Quantity  

R. & Noir

Rouge et noir

Recd. Received  
Regt. Regiment  
Resd. Resigned  
R.A. or Rl. Artillery Royal Artillery  
R.E. or Rl. Engr. or Royal Engr. Royal Engineer or Royal Engineers  
R.N. Royal Navy  
Russ. or Russs. Russian or Russians  

Satisf.

Satisfied

Sd. Said  
Sd. & Shd. Should  
Secy. Secretary  
Sen. Senior  
Sovs. Sovereigns  
S.S.E. South south east  
St. P. St. Petersburg  
Storekrs. Storekeepers  
St. Sight  
Suff. Sufficient  
Str. or Stear. Steamer  

Tempy.

Temporary

Tot. Total  
Transpt. Transport  
Ty. or Treasy. Treasury  

Ult.

Ultimate (the previous month)


V.D.L.

Van Diemen’s Land


Wd.

Would

Wh. Which  
W. H. D. William Henry Drake  
Wt. coat Waistcoat  

Yds.

Yards

Yr. Your  
 
 
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