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Letterform Comparisons

Aa Bb Cc Dd Ee Ff Gg
Hh Ii/Jj Kk Ll Mm Nn Oo
Pp Qq Rr Ss Tt Uu/Vv Ww
Xx Yy Zz & 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 0


 Three distinct minuscule forms of e, apparently in free variation in word-internal and word-final positions: the 'closed' italic and secretary forms are most common, but occasionally an 'open' epsilon-form is found. The 'closed' secretary form is sometimes written in a way which resembles a minuscule i. (cf. Sewall) John Hathorne
 Only two distinct minuscule forms of e, apparently in free variation in word-internal and word-final positions. Unlike in Hathorne's hand, now the 'closed' italic form is clearly the dominant one in comparison to the secretary form. The open 'epsilon' form does not seem to be used at all as a minuscule letter. Stephen Sewall
 Minuscule e often appears to have been executed in two strokes, so that there seems to be a gap between the upper loop and the lower part of the letter Jonathan Corwin
 The 'open' epsilon-type e is not used as a minuscule form George Herrick
Minuscule e tiny; resembles the modern minuscule r Andrew Elliot
 distinctive capital E Edward Putnam
 In capital E the upper part of the stroke forms a loop unidentified (scribe thatt)
 In word-internal and word-final positions, the secretary variant of e is used almost exclusively; the 'epsilon' variant very rare unidentified (scribe y)
 Word-internal and word-final e is of the 'epsilon' variety; it is also used in the ye abbreviation unidentified (scribe fourthnight)
 In E the upper half of the letter forms a loop unidentified (scribe tilde)
 Minuscule e is always of the 'epsilon'-type (Tannenbaum 38, no 4) unidentified (scribe foar)
Minuscule e is of the secretary type but usually without a loop (a bit like Tannenbaum p. 38, 11.20); confusion with u or a possible John Ballard
 Minuscule e of the 'open' variety, formed with two separate curved strokes Simon Chapman
 Uses the 'epsilon' form for e/E (See Tannenbaum p. 38, No. 4) Dudley Bradstreet
 For minuscule e both the modern closed form and the open epsilon variety are used James How Sr.
 For minuscule e both the looped secretary variant and the epsilon form are used Joseph Neall
 For minuscule e both the modern closed variety and the open epsilon type are used Edward Payson
 One form of minuscule e resembles modern r<; another similar to a tiny modern w Samuel Phillips
 Minuscule e mostly of the epsilon variety, with few instances of the normal secretary form. John How
Distinctive capital E with several loops unidentified (scribe beta)
 minuscule e invariably of the italic (ie modern) variety Isaac Addington
 epsilon "e" word initially Unidentified (MMB #1)
 modern "e" word medially and finally Unidentified (MMB #1)
two line e (Tannenbaum p. 38, #7) Unidentified (MMB #3)