Bastard Secretary preceded Secretary and was generally used in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries;
Bastard Secretary was a more angular script than the later Secretary script; and
some particular characters are different in form from their Secretary counterparts (see below).
lower case a [ here
upper case D [here
upper case E
lower case g
upper case N
arabic 2-r with a tail [here
upper case T
upper case W
1 Note that the lower bole is closed, not a tail.
2 Note that lower case w also has a large footprint as in