Earlier this month Seth of Ohio YM uploaded two signatures of later Friends (including John Wilbur’s), and it struck me that seeing someone’s signature often gives you a tiny visual hint at their personality — which is especially nice when there are no portraits of the person available. Fox’s initials (above) and writing, for example, seem like the man: bold, creative, a little freewheeling. Barclay’s signature by contrast looks firmer and more logical. There are also James Nayler, William Penn, Margaret Fell, Howgill, Burrough and others at the bold link above.
Where did I get these? While reading about Quaker business method, I came upon an interesting quote from an epistle sent out in 1659 by a meeting of Friends at Skipton. The reference was to a book called Letters, &c., of early Friends, edited by Abram Rawlinson Barclay and published in 1841. I wanted to see the whole epistle, and was able to locate a copy. It contains hundreds of letters, and interspersed in a few places are the above signatures, which I scanned.
In other news, it looks like I will be unable to attend Canadian Yearly Meeting as planned, so I expect to be attending New England YM instead.