Idiosyncratic letters

When a clerk left the schoolroom his basic handwriting deteriorated. Without the benefit of a writing master standing over him, the average clerk departed from the formal way of writing certain letters, much as people today write certain letters in a strange way. The result was the development of individual eccentricities in personal handwriting, so look at the way a clerk has written letters (especially capitals) and keep these in mind when you come across a letter you cannot read.

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Capital letters
Superscript marks
Double letters
Ligatured letters
Bad writing

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