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This document is written in a late example of Chancery hand. Chancery hand was the set style of handwriting used in the royal chancery at Westminster. Its use continued for the enrolment of acts of Parliament until 1836.
In this document you should watch out for:
There are few abbreviations in this document: the main difficulty comes from the very distinctive letter-forms. The letters are very spiky and angular, and 'biting' (the running together of adjacent letters) occurs between contrasting curves of adjacent letters. Refer to the Alphabet to help you.
The capital letters are very hard to work out, for example:
There are two forms of lower case 'r', the '2' shaped one which occurs after 'o', and the long 'r' which descends below the line. The long 'r' can consist of no more than a single downstroke, with no horizontal stroke at all. This can make it quite hard to distinguish, particularly when combined with a preceding 'e'. See for example very, line 11.
The lower case 'e' tends to not have a central stroke, so can look more like a 'c', or an 'o' if it is biting with the next letter.