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SHAKSPERE COULD NOT WRITE.
No bandwriting of Shakspere has ever been discovered except five autographs. In March 1613, when he was nearly 49 years old, he signed his name to a mortgage, and again to a deed relative to the same transaction. Three years later he subscribed his name to three briefs or sheets of his will. The five facsimiles are here reproduced :
They are all such signatures as an illiterate person, unaccustomed to write, would be likely to scrawl ; and