October 13, 2019 0

Calligraphy in the Western World : Calligraphy in Evaluating Historical Documents

Calligraphy in the Western World : Calligraphy in Evaluating Historical Documents


And I know that everyone recognizes this as
an important document. But I see something a little bit further along, than most people’s
perception. Which is the tremendous value of this as a manuscript. And the tremendous
value of the treasure map that is on the front of the Declaration of Independence. O.k.?
It’s not on the back, it’s on the front. It has to do with not only the verbal message.
But the handwriting, itself. The scribe, Matlack. I think was his name, was the one who actually
penned the Declaration of Independence. I think Thomas Jefferson wrote the words. But
Matlack was the one who used the pen to get it down there. And what you’re going to see
on there, is a really beautiful piece of calligraphy. A beautiful piece of penmanship. And what
it attests to is a tremendous conviction. This man knew what he was writing, he knew
who was going to sign this thing. And he had enough concentration and enough heart, mind.
To make a beautiful document. And then there was the ceremony. At which point, all of these
very important people signed this document. So the signatures on this thing are another
great treasure to us. I’m going to talk a little bit more about this, next.

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