The Autograph of William Shakespeare: With Fac Similes of His Signature as Appended to Various Legal Documents; Together with 4000 Ways of Spelling the Name According to English Orthography

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P. E. Abel, 1869 - 32 pages
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Page 15 - We have been told, indeed, in print,* but not till very lately, that two large chests full of this great man's loose papers and manuscripts, in the hands of an ignorant baker of Warwick, (who married one of the descendants from our Shakspeare) were carelessly scattered and thrown about as garret lumber and litter, to the particular knowledge of the late Sir William Bishop, till they were all consumed in the general fire and destruction of that town.
Page 8 - ... and is so different from the others that we doubted whether it was his handwriting. He appears to have been very ill and weak when he signed his will, for the hand is very irregular and tremulous. I suspect he signed his name at the end of the will first, and so went backwards, which will account for that in the first page being worse written than the rest, the hand growing gradually weaker.
Page 8 - The will is written in the clerical hand of that age on three small sheets, fastned at top like a lawyer's brief. Shakspeare's name is signed at the bottom of the first and second sheet, and his final signature, ' by me William Shakspeare,' is in the middle of the third sheet. The name, however, at the bottom of the first sheet, is not in the usual place, but in the margin at the left hand, and is so different from the others that we doubted whether it was his handwriting.
Page 13 - LXXXII), which has been reversed, so that it is to be taken from left to right instead of from right to left, as in the original.
Page 5 - England begin with the speiling of his name. The three signatures to his Will are so obscure that it is difficult to determine whether he wrote his name Shakspere or Shakspeare.
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Page 6 - Here we have another orthography—Shackspeare—and the latter part, eare, the a appearing iike u, is so simiiar to that portion of the name in the two last signatures in the Will, that it is at once an argument in favor of the appropriation of the above to Shakespeare, and of the correctness of reading Shakspeare in these two autographs.
Page 5 - Stratford registers of his own baptism and buriai, and of the baptism of his children, it is Shakspere. In the folio of 1623 it is Shakespeare. The most usuai mode in which the name was written appears to have been Shakspere.

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