Joshua Rex
ROBESPIERRE’S LAST SIGNATURE, 1794 AMERICAN COLONIAL CURRENCY c.1760-1790   LINCOLN PROCLAMATION TO MOBILIZE TROOPS AGAINST THE SOUTH  TWO PAGES FROM EINSTEIN’S ZURICH NOTEBOOK, 1907-1913  DRAFTS OF WINSTON CHURCHILL’S “THEIR FINEST HOUR” SPEECH FIRST-CLASS MENU FROM THE BRITISH LINER “TITANIC”  MOZART HANDWRITTEN SCORE FOR THE REQUIEM MASS IN D MINOR (K. 626)	DRAFT OF SYLVIA PLATH POEM “STINGS” FROM “ARIEL”  HANDWRITTEN SUICIDE NOTE OF KURT COBAIN, 1994  MARIE ANTOINETTE FAREWELL NOTE TO HER CHILDREN
PRIMARY SOURCES
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.
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