evidence. Almost every persons handwriting has something
whereby it may be distinguished from the writing of others, and this
difference is sometimes intended by the term.
2. It is sometimes necessary to prove that a certain instrument or name
is in the handwriting of a particular person; that is done either by the
testimony of a witness, who saw the paper or signature actually written, or
by one who has by sufficient means, acquired such a knowledge of the
general character of the handwriting of the party, as will enable him to
swear to his belief, that the handwriting of the person is the handwriting
in question. 1 Phil. Ev. 422; Stark. Ev. h. t.; 2 John. Cas. 211; 5 John.
R. 144; 1 Dall. 14; 2 Greenl. R. 33; 6 Serg. & Rawle, 668; 1 Nott & MCord,
554; 19 Johns. R. 134; Anthons N. P. 77; 1 Ruffins R. 6; 2 Nott & MCord,
400; 7 Com. Dig. 447; Bac. Ab. Evidence, M; Danes Ab. Index, h. t.
Source: Bouviers Law Dictionary 1856 Edition