The ten documents reproduced here span 250 years of Western history. Some of the works deal with goodbyes, send-offs into history and in most cases, infamy. Others speak of an unavoidable and impending doom, or a great burst of creative outpouring; sketches which became bigger and further reaching than their authors could have imagined.
These documents impact the observer in a human way. However significant or insignificant they may be to the realm of historical research, they in no less way communicate a great storm encircling their authors at the time of their creation. They connect us to those who have long since departed this life in a way that secondary sources cannot- through ink and wear, through tears and blood.