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
@vriskaleijon that hurts to read
what is this?
@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 I can read it with my left eye closed
do you want a transcript?
@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
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mu5t have had a
long foreground 5omewhere
for 5uch a fea5t. I
rubbed my eye5 a little
to 5ee if thi5 5unbeam
were no illu5ion; but
the ?] ten5e of the book
i5 a ?] certainty.
It ha5 the be5t ?],
namely of 5ati5fying
I did not know
until I la5t night 5aw
?] 21 July
?] 1853 (un5ure)
I am not
?] to the ?] of
the wonderful gift of
"Leave5 of ?]." I find
it the mo5t extraordinary
that America ha5 yet
contributed. I am very
@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
@chara oHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH YOU ARE A GENIUS THANK YOU
@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
@chara OOOOOOO GOD THATS SO INTERESTING.....
@vriskaleijon best guess:
Right page, below the squiggles and date of 21 July, 1855
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)”
“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)
@SelfsameSynonym TAHTS SO INTERESTINGGGGG THANK YOU
@vriskaleijon no prob
Apparently I can read bad 19th century handwriting.
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