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William Brown William Brown's School Writing Book. .Newburyport, MA.1799-1800
William Brown William Brown's School Writing Book. .Newburyport, MA.1799-1800

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Price: $375.00

Product Code: 29003100

This book was used by William Brown of Newburyport, MA to practice is penmanship. While the quality of his script is always outstanding, as the notebook progress, William's script gets smaller and smaller. He practices his writing by repeatedly writing short phrases over and over again, or by copying down entire poems or short passages from political reports. Some of the phrases he uses are "You'll soon improve, if learning you love" and "Riches are but uncertain". Some of the poems he copies are rather well known, such as a section from The Vicissitudes of Life, A Canterbury Tale, or the below excerpt from Alexander Pope's Essay on Man: "Heaven forming each on other to depend, A master, or a servant, or a friend, Bids each on other for assistance call, Till one man's weakness grows the strength of all, Wants frailties, passions, closer still ally The common interest, or endear the tie." Along with practicing his script William often writes his numbers as well. In addition, on the bottom of each page his signs his name. He does this in a variety of different ways, often but not always including the town (Newburyport) and the year. Some of these signatures are embellished with  flourishes. On one of the last pages, is written Welsh's School. This is most likely in reference to Schoolmaster Michael Welsh, who ran not only a grammar school for the town of Newburyport in the late 1700s but also his own private school. It is unclear which school of his is referenced in this note. The notebook is contained in a unattached piece of craft paper, of which has a note pinned onto it. The note says "School Writing Book, 1799. Loan by Mrs. Thos J Allen." Stitched binding. 24 pages. Measures 8 1/2" x 7".