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A page from the first draft of Roget’s Thesaurus

First draft created by Dr. Peter Mark Roget in 1805 and released to the public on 29 April The original edition had words. The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum houses the original manuscript in its collection.

Beatrix Potter | The best get-well note ever! (A postcard I … | Flickr

Beatrix Potter - Letter written to Noel Moore, the son of Beatrix's last governess and life-long friend, Annie Carter Moore.

White salmon trout, 1806, Lewis & Clark Journals, Meriwether Lewis

This is a drawing from the collection of stunningly beautiful field notes by Meriwether Lewis. I'm so fascinated by the whole Lewis & Clark story. This is amazing.

Galileo GALILEI.  Autograph notes on the satellites of Jupiter, 14–25 January 1611

centuriespast: “ Galileo Galilei Autograph notes on the satellites of Jupiter, January 1611 On this scrap of paper (an unfolded envelope), Galileo recorded the positions of four.

"Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm — love me — today — yesterday — what tearful longings for you — you — you — my life — my all — farewell. Oh continue to love me — never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours."  ~Beethoven to Immortal Beloved

15 Famous Love Letters That Will Make You A Romantic

From Ludwig van Beethoven to an unidentified "Immortal Beloved" ending: "What longing in tears for you — You — my Life — my All — farewell. Oh, go on loving me — never doubt the faithfullest heart Of your beloved L Ever thine. Ever mine.

Manuscrit de Leibniz (1679) première page sur trois.

Manuscrit de Leibniz (1679) première page sur trois.

Mary, Queen of Scots last letter written before her execution. Click for the translation.

Letters of Note: last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, written just 6 hours before her execution on February 1587 (full view, French transcript, and English translation included)

A page from Alexander Pushkin's manuscript for Eugene Onegin, featuring his sketch of painter & aristocrat  Count Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy (not to be confused with the Leo Tolstoy).

russiangrammar: The great Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, often sketched out his characters in his rough drafts, alongside their descriptions. This picture was taken from a rough draft for the second canto of possibly his finest work: “Eugene Onegin”.