Ummm….holy cow?! Could this note to the Earl of Southampton be the first thing we have from Shakespeare in his own actual handwriting?
Doe notte esteeme me a sluggarde nor tardye for thus havyinge delayed to answerre or rather toe thank you for youre greate Bountye. Gratitude is alle I have toe utter and that is tooe greate ande tooe sublyme a feeling for poore mortalls toe expresse O my Lord itte is a Budde which Bllossommes Bllooms butte never dyes.
What’s up with all the double consonants? That’s weird. The details are still coming in, but apparently a whole trunk of the stuff has turned up, including references to “Anna Hatherrewaye” and even apparently pieces of King Lear!!? I’m bouncing off the walls over here. I hate when this stuff happens while I’m at the day job :(! Nobody seems to have any pictures yet, but I’m looking!!! Has Stratford Dig Uncovered Unknown Shakespeare Papers?