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John Saxon copybook


Held at: University of Delaware Library Special Collections [Contact Us]181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE 19717-5267

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Overview and metadata sections

John Saxon lived in the Northern United States, presumably in Boston, Massachusetts, during the 1860s.

Biographical information derived from the collection.

This copybook presumably owned by John Saxon, possibly of Boston, Massachusetts, was used to practice penmanship. It also contains pasted-in newspaper clippings on the topics of farming, flowers, handwriting, frogs, Civil War battles, and women.

The cover of the copybook features a stylized seal of the United States and information stating that the book was manufactured by James French and sold at his Book and Stationery Store in Boston, Massachusetts. It is further advertised that store sold other writing supplies "at the Lowest Cash Prices." The name John Saxon and date October 25th are written in ink on the upper right corner of the cover.

On each page of the copybook is a single saying or quotation repeated multiple times as writing practice. There are twenty-four sentences, each, such as "Justice should characterize all our actions," having to do with virtue or self improvement. Newsclippings on various topics are pasted to some pages, partially or completely covering the writing in several cases. The back cover of the book features an advertisement for "French's Victoria and School Pen" as well as a multiplication table and four small illustrations.

The volume is paper bound and hand sewn. With the exception of paste having been applied to the pages, this copybook is in good condition.

  1. Item 0111: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0097

Gift of Robert Fleck, May 1979.

Processed and encoded by Evan Echols, April 2009.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2009 April 16
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

John Saxon copybook, approximately 1860s.
Item 0111

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