Autograph Book, Page 11
James M Bennett
Sep 4 1879
Come on, James. What the hell month is this? I think it’s September, but it looks like “Iee” or “Lee.”
The more of these pages I scan and transcribe, the more I tend to really appreciate the notes and comments. Finding names and dates might be exciting for genealogists, but they’re just so terribly dry. It’s like someone signing a receipt or bill.
I bet James M Bennett has at least a handful of good stories to tell. I want to know what the “M” stands for. I love the slight flourish he uses to finish out his last name, a swooping ligature that crosses both T’s and completes the signature like a man throwing a scarf across his shoulder.
There’s a lot more to James M Bennett than merely his name. I just wish we could see that more.