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PROOF

THAT

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 :

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They are all such signatures as an illiterate person, unaccustomed to write, would be likely to scrawl ; and

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