I will examine Margaret's first surviving letter, from Edinburgh in 1503; scribal letters from Margaret during her years as Queen Consort (1503-1513); Scots holograph letters immediately following Flodden, during her first regency; holograph letters written during and shortly following her return to the English court (1515-1517) that witness a change back to English forms; then Scots holograph letters from around the time of a significant political realignment (away from the English court, in 1519) and into her second regency (1524-1525); and finally what appears to have been a final shift back to English forms once her role as regent had ended (evidence for which survives in letters written in the 1530s) (for further summary of Margaret's life, see Eaves 2004).
Holograph letters would have provided a more personal glimpse into Margaret's court experience, and also allowed for a more nuanced view on the development of her written idiolect over time.
But even more significant is the fact that Margaret's holograph letters from this period are also written largely in Scots.
Those letters written using an amanuensis are less likely to be either as personal or as spontaneous as holograph letters. Just as there were certain matters one might not have shared with a third party, so too were there certain types of emotions or intimacies that one would have been ill at ease in sharing with those outside the family, or even outside a particular relationship.
There is an obvious freedom of expression in the countess's holograph letters, which is also found in other letters women wrote themselves.
If there is a clue to be found in Surrey's holograph letters that Mary Fitzroy was copying his original, it does not lie in this highly defined set of idiosyncracies.
Her name is entered in her own hand: many holograph letters survive, one from 1536 in the British Library (Vesp.
1 Since Surrey's surviving holograph letters are all 'suits', i.e.
Faulkner wrote the last holograph letter shortly after he was "allowed" to resign from his position as fourth-class postmaster for the University of Mississippi on October 31, 1924: the letter's last sentence implies it was written in either early November or early December.
Letter 2: Xerox of HRC Undated Holograph Letter from Faulkner to Wasson.
Twenty-Seven New Holograph Letters
published letters from Hazlitt to 9 publishers in Edinburgh, London, and Paris: namely, John Murray, Charles Oilier, Thomas Cadell, Henry Colburn, Charles Cowden Clarke, Henry Leigh Hunt, Owen Rees, Archibald and David Constable, and Jean-Antoine and Guillaume Galignani.
The extent to which Perrin subsequently restored such improprieties can only be guessed at on the basis of the few holograph letters