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A page of examples of forgeries of the signatures of Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, the Earl of Southampton and John Heminges by William Henry Ireland

Written underneath and on reverse: "Thys writynge I didd give untoe mye worthye ande esteemedde freynde Maisterre Jordanne as a proofe thatte I coulde wryte the hande ascrybedde toe the greate Willye Shakspeare as Witnesse mye sign manuelle thys 14 Decemberre 1833 William [Shakespeare] otherwise W H Ireland"

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    CC-BY-NC-ND Image Courtesy of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust