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Shakespeare's Will
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1350  Friday, 19 August 2005

[1]     From:   Jan Pick <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Aug 2005 17:47:29 +0100
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1342 Shakespeare's Will

[2]     From:   John W. Kennedy <
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        Date:   Thursday, 18 Aug 2005 14:16:03 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 16.1342 Shakespeare's Will


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From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Aug 2005 17:47:29 +0100
Subject: 16.1342 Shakespeare's Will
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1342 Shakespeare's Will

Depends on his health at the time.  Often a clerk would write the will
as it was dictated, which also might give a reason for the later
additions as it would be read back before signing.  The signature
belonged to the person making the will - as we know Shakespeare changed
his will not long before he died, so the first one might well have been
in his hand.  That would have been destroyed as the later one took
precedence.  Pity Shakespeare didn't realise how famous he was going to
be - I bet he would have been more careful with his MSS etc!

Jan

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From:           John W. Kennedy <
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Date:           Thursday, 18 Aug 2005 14:16:03 -0400
Subject: 16.1342 Shakespeare's Will
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.1342 Shakespeare's Will

Louis W. Thompson <
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 >I refer you to Charles Hamilton's "In Search of Shakespeare."  He looked
 >at the will and came to the conclusion that it is in Shakespeare's
 >handwriting.

Unfortunately, Charles Hamilton was outside his field of expertise, and
came to many conclusions anent Shakespeare's handwriting that are
generally regarded as somewhere between questionable and risible.

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