Declaration of trusts, 1659

Fine Secretary Hand with one word in a humanistic hand


Note the profusion of ligatures, particularly on sh and st, but also on sc and se, which form a flourish at the head of the long s in the ligature:

Note also the random use of different forms of letters in the same word and throughout the document:

random use of reverse e and two-part e;
oblique ascender of d without looping;
oblique ascender of d looping back over the whole or most of the word;
looped ascender of d.

Contractions and suspensions

christian - the first element is the chi-rho xp
poundes - the
-es suspension
horizontal stroke for omission of minim(s) - here
wth - the superscript th represents the omitted i