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Canon Fodder

The smoking gun, proving who did and who didn’t write Shakespeare, has been found in the hand of Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford.

Edwards Extinguisher

Is that an authorship candidate who just bit the dust? 

Ironically, it is de Vere himself who administers the fatal shot to Oxfordian claims he was the secret and hidden true author.

Exclusive use of the transcripts of de Vere’s original letters, without adding any extraneous words, proves beyond doubt that:- 

  • He was aware of his own literary ineptitude
  • He admired and respected superior talent
  • He received help from a better educated and successful writer
  • He couldn’t afford to pay for the lessons1 but wanted more
  • He confirms recognition of his mentor’s achievement
  • He defended his idol against slurs and invented the secret code which identifies him

Literary ineptitude and desire to improve

“To be more plausable vnto yow then her to fore, and desirowes and diligent to seke welconceiuinge of me, and from those lothsume (I can not tell how to terme them,) but as bakfriendes vnto me, I most ernestlye desire yow to beleiue misfortune hether to I haue donne of myne owne wrightinge.  

Sithe I haue bene behouldinge to senister reportes of induringe defectes, ordinarie accomplishment and badd succes whiche certefie I pretendethe of qualite. Althoughe feringe the worst in my selfe, I doo aspire towardes beinge lyghtned and disburdned”.

Obsequious admiration for a superior writer

“Yowr wrightinge which I have ys in the contrye, for I hadd suche care thearofe as I carried yt with me in a lyttell deske. Wythe all alacrite, and this I boothe speake and wright bouldly vnto yow from my hart, yow haue beene fyrst sett forthe in woordes whatt I the more desyre to show. That at which of yt selfe hathe brought forthe so fayre blossumes and by yowre meanes the onlye moover whiche hetherto hathe cause to burye my hoopes, in the diepe Abis [of] and bottome of dispayre2.

Yt weare reasone deceyved, throwgh ignorance of myne owld style after so many tryales made in vayne, and as a man syklye neglectinge the effects of fayre woordes and so many hopes, as yowr bookes haue giuene me cause to imbrace”.

Help from a better educated and successful writer

“Muche bound as I am to be leke yow before any els in the world, I doo most hartely desyre yowre furtherance of good woordes yow gaue me whiche I finde in ye style of yowre letters, makinge aquainted therwythe to effectuallye imbrace moore yowthefull frutes.

Yf yow have forgotten, yt ys for me to remember I have bene an ernest suter vnto yowre  kind disposition as a man yat hathe bene well browght vp, fayre conditioned, and hathe many good partes.

I know well inowghe that wythe a lyttell helpe there passethe to mee gowlden promise. And I know not by whatt better meanes I shalbe able to stand nedles of others”.

Desperate to pay lesson fees, de Vere sells his granny

“I crave pardon for troblinge yow as I haue not sent an answer to yowre laste letter, as yow myght expect, and desyre yow too [=to] hould me for exscused, sythe ever sythence the receyt therof by reason of my syknes I have not been able to wryght.

 I most ernestly desyre yow to styke to me in this cause, for yt ys a thinge wherof I make great account, and yt ys a friendship whiche yow have done me aboue thankes. The whiche thinge, to allwayes obtayne, I morgaged a near kinswoman of myne thus therfore dravinge powndes of redye monye to discharge the dept and for supplye of my present wantes.

I will not vse more iuglinge woordes, for they may rather argue mistrust then confidence in stiken [=sticking] by me”.

Recognition of his mentor’s achievement

“I hope by thes feve [=few] lynes yow will conceyve myn opinione frely sett downe. A booke mentioninge precidentes to yowre content and my quiet, signefie clere lickinge and lovinge by yowre ryghtly informed followers.

Yt ys nere my harte simple and vnfayned, that notes therin weare so happie to conceyve betwiene bothe mee & so many vayne adversaries of yowrs, to fynd and yelde supplicatione, acknowleginge yowr woordes in faythefull myndes to be sealed vp in an aeternall remembrance to yowre selfe. And thus wishinge all happines to yow”

Defending his idol against slurs, de Vere invents the Shakespeare authorship code

“I am bowld to impart my mynd in paper, the lokinge to which I haue obscured in strange and forren places, which beinge obserued by letter makes sumwhat moore playner”.

It is not vnknowne for shyftes and knaveries so grosse and palpable, that doutinge his partes bringe hurtfull fancie wherin I wyll temper or moderat”.  

Note: Nothing extraneous has been added to de Vere’s original letters. No mathematical formulas are required to ‘prove’ the existence of the obvious identification of Shakespeare as the man whom Oxford reveals and reveres as the superior writer. The first paragraph is the indicator for the blatantly apparent and none too cryptic message that followed in the second paragraph above.  

“I thowght yt fytt to show the wronge don to him whiche myght be stalled yf eyther throwghe fables whiche are mischeuous, or conceyt, whiche ys dangerous, yow thinke otherwis of him then humanite requyrethe..

Whearas yow doo bestowe his speche vpon sume one or other wythe ought any mistruste, the moore to praesume sumthynge agaynste my friende, I stande indebtid vnto him and hopinge that oportunitie of tyme so fyttinge, it wowld pleas yow for my sake to stand not becarried away vpon suche vnconstant ballence.

The datte signefieth a fyve yeares agone, at whatt tyme I thinke yt had bene nothinge. Not wythstandinge that strangnes, yow shall se at last of whatt fancies are compounded.

Althothe ymposyd of conceyt and smalle vnderstanding, sume whiche are inclyned to preiudice doothe giue good eare to cullers grauntinge his esteminge vnto an other sedule. I doo asssure yow ther ys no suche thinge deserue so ill a thowght in they that were ill bestowed.

Doo not dowt yt is mearly fals whearin yf they hath hadd any cause to have complayned, it showld then have bene agaynst my self.

I willingelye goo well wishinge too performe good turnes throwght my parte3.

Yowre assewred and louinge friende"


1. The first correspondence course?
2. Pinched from Richard III ?
3. A very adventvrovs statement !
With permission and thanks to 17th August 2013
Oxford's astrological birthchart with the new cipher. When overlaid in a spiral, every letter exactly matches a point on his chart. Absolutely no room for doubt, now! 
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