Penmanship, Illustrated. Examples of Writing contains penmanship exercises and short essays copied by a number of writers in East Hartford, Connecticut, in 1814 and 1815. The book has copied quotations and basic penmanship exercises, several of which are accompanied by instructions on how to form different letters using a set of strokes. One of these examines in some depth the physicality of writing, including the effects of using excessive pressure. The essays, each one page in length, focus primarily on aspects of virtue and religion, including a brief Christian view of the Earth's creation and an extended definition of the subject of geography. Though unattributed here, many of the essays originally appeared in contemporary schoolbooks.