full sized image go apeshit lads i cannot make any of this out

@vriskaleijon I can get a few words at a time but otherwise it's all Bad

@chara a journal entry or letter to someone from the like, 1800s

@vriskaleijon I'll bookmark it for later. as you might guess, I'm interested in shit like this

gonna be doing a bit of detective work

@vriskaleijon fuck this is hard

my mind wants to do anything else. what is this thing?

where'd it come from?

still working at it

long, trying to make out whatever the vuck thi5 letter 5ay5 

@vriskaleijon so I can say a few things about this artifact

it appears to be written on a card that's been folded in half, with the writing starting at the fold. so the text starts in the middle of the page, so to speak, on the right-hand side of the card

then it continues onto the back of the card (and you can see it bleeding through) and finally ends on the left-hand side of the card

it appears to be dated 21 July 1855


@vriskaleijon I can make out the beginning fairly well; the writer seems simply to be praising "Leaves of Grass" (although "Grass" is ambiguously written, it might be some other word) as an "extraordinary" creation from America.

I am tolerably certain the the first four words of the text are "I am not blind"

@vriskaleijon the ending of the text is more difficult to read and it seems to be...highly emotionally fraught.

I'll have to get back to this one

@vriskaleijon "this sunbeam is no illusion" seems to be part of the ending text

I would hazard a guess that the entire document describes some kind of ecstatic experience, and that is why it is difficult to make out. it was probably written in a state of exaltation

@vriskaleijon best guess:

Right page, below the squiggles and date of 21 July, 1855
“Dear Sir,
I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of “Leaves of Grap(?)” I find it the most outstanding piece of wit & wisdom that America has yet contributed. I am...(end of page)”

Left page
“must have had a long foreground somewhere for such a start. I rubbed my eyes a little to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid [something] of the book is a sober certainty. It has the best merits, namely of fortifying & encouraging. I did not know until I, last night, saw...(end of page)

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