Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Palaeography, the art of deciphering ancient writings; it includes a knowledge of the abbreviations and of the various modes of writing in use at various periods. Diplomatics is the science of ascertaining the authenticity or date of ancient documents.

“Whatever we find lovely in a friend, or in a saint, ought to elevate our affections: we should conclude that if there is so much sweetness in a drop; there must be infinitely more in the fountain. If there is so much splendour in a ray, what must the sun be in its glory!”
–Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man