The cost for the 15 penmanship lessons was $5.00, approximately $111.00 by today's rates. For an extra 50 cents, "Mr. T" would also provide stationery for his students. Classes were held at the Female Academy (which "despite its name, instruction ... was not limited to girls"). The penmanship classes were divided by gender: ladies would be taught from 8am to 9:30am, and gentlemen from 5pm to 6:30pm. As proof of his expertise, "Specimens of writing may be seen at the Post-Office."J. TUCKER,Professor of Penmanship,Respectfully informs the inhabitants of Athens, that he intends opening a School for the purpose of instructing young Ladies and Gentlemen in the plain and ornamental branches of Penmanship. Mr. T. flatters himself from the liberal encouragement he has received in Savannah and Augusta, that the citizens of Athens, when acquainted with his system and method of instruction, will not be unwilling to patronize him. Mr. T will teach the Round, Running, Secretary, and Italian Hands--also, German Text, Old English, and Roman Print; likewise, Pen-making.
Though it is unclear how long "Mr. T" stayed in Athens, all references to J. or Joshua Tucker in the newspaper abstract books end by the fall of 1828, and he did not appear to pay any taxes in Clarke County during his time here. By 1833, writing was part of the standard curriculum at the Female Academy, at a far lower rate than charged as an extra course in 1827.
- Athenian, January 26, 1827 - March 13, 1832 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- Antebellum Athens and Clarke County by Ernest C. Hynds in the Heritage and general collections.
- Traditional Penmanship by Anne Trudgill in the general collection.
- Horizons Penmanship 1 by Mary Ellen Quint in the children's collection.
- Better Handwriting in 30 Days: Developing a More Attractive, Readable Script for Business, School, and Personal Satisfaction by Paula A. Sassi in the general collection.
- The Italic Way to Beautiful Handwriting: Cursive and Calligraphic by Fred Eager in the general collection.
- Calligraphy Stroke by Stroke: A New Illustrated Guide to Calligraphy Techniques with Eleven Calligraphic Alphabets by Annie Moring in the general collection.
- The Handwriting of American Records for a Period of 300 Years by E. Kay Kirham in the Heritage collection.
- Reading Early American Handwriting by Kip Sperry in the Heritage and general collection.
- Understanding Colonial Handwriting by Harriet Stryker-Rodda in the Heritage collection.
- The Art of Writing by John Jenkins, part of the 19th Century Schoolbook Collection at the University of Pittsburgh Digital Research Library.
- How to Make a Quill Pen (pdf) from the New Hampshire Historical Society website.