evidence. Almost every person’s 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.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
The chirography of a person; the cast or form of writing peculiar to a person, Including the size, shape, and style of letters, tricks of penmanship, and whatever gives individuality to his writing, distinguishing it from that of other persons. In re Hyland’s Will (Surr. Ct.) 27 N. Y. Supp. 963. Anything written by hand; an instrument written by the hand of a person, or a specimen of his writing. Handwriting, considered under the law of evidence, includes not only the ordinary writing of one able to write, but also writing done in a disguised hand, or in cipher, and a mark made by one able or unable to write.