Before Envelopes, People Protected Messages With Letterlocking

9 November 2018. By Abigail Cain. Atlas Obscura. For centuries, senders used folds, slits, and wax seals to guard correspondence from prying eyes.

 Photograph: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi for the Guardian

Photograph: Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi for the Guardian

Scurrilous manuscript that could have undone John Donne discovered

2 November 2017. By Maev Kennedy. The Guardian. A manuscript of an early work by John Donne, a scurrilous academic joke that could have cost the poet his reputation – and maybe his head – if it had fallen into the wrong hands, has been discovered in a trunk in the archives of Westminster Abbey. Daniel Starza Smith, of King’s College London, John Donne expert and Matthew Payne, who holds the historic title of keeper of the muniments at the abbey, share their account of the discovery.

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Revealing the text and folds in 17th-century locked letters

1 June 2017. Presentation by Jana Dambrogio and Dr David Mills The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, Research and Technical Studies Specialty Group Session.