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Poser 298 - Inventory of William Robertson

This week's poser is a passage from the inventory in the testament of William Robertson, the historian and former principal of Edinburgh University, included in the Commissary Court records for Edinburgh, 1802 (National Records of Scotland CC8/8/133 page 523).

The hand is fairly typical for a hand at the end of the eighteenth century. The clerk has a tendency to flourish his capital letters. Watch out for the similarity in his letters s and f and the flourish on his letter d.

Extract from the testament testamentary of William Robertson, 1802 (National Records of Scotland CC8/8/133 page 523).

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This week's question: which item was given to Robertson by Catherine the Great?

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18th century alphabet
Letter s
Letter f
Letter d
Capital letters

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