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Cursive exists in many languages, including Greek, Russian, and Chinese, but this article will concentrate solely on English cursive, which is the practice of writing conjoined letters. Although it was originally used to increase writing speed, cursive is also valued for its aesthetic qualities.
Its exact origins are difficult to pinpoint, but it’s certain that English cursive existed in some form before 1066. By the 16th century it was quite popular, but tended to vary from person to person and defied standardization. When Thomas Jefferson committed the Declaration of Independence to paper, he joined most -- but not all -- of his letters. By the time Abraham Lincoln wrote the Gettysburg Address, cursive had developed into a more modern and recognizable form.
|The original draft of the Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson on July 4, 1776.|
|A draft of The Gettysburg Address written by Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863.|
A family member had the honor of attending a wedding last month that made use of a Pilot Hi-Tec-C Gel Ink Pen to create a gorgeous "tree" guest book.