Vestigial second “l” in the handwriting of Elizabeth Vesey

This example of vestigial second "l" was sent to me by Anni Sairo. It is from a letter by Elizabeth Vesey (1715–1791). It shows a vestigial second "l" the word "shall" in the last line "I shall have a letter…"

example double 'l' Elizabeth Vesey

Anni describes Vesey’s hand as dynamic and very careless, features that would certainly also adequately describe Priestley’s. He was known to dash off letters to fellow scientist right after the completion of an experiment and this haste shows in the handwriting.

In Priestley’s case however, the feature also seems to occur in letters that do not appear to have been written hastily and appear to be written in a fairly neat hand.

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