In a message dated 09/27/2001 8:38:59 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
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<< some of the most interesting graffiti I have seen is in the choir
 loft of Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA.  Are the initials "TJ"
 carved into the bench in the loft worth preserving as history?  I believe so
 since they have been authenticated as Thomas Jefferson's from when he was a
 student at William & Mary. >>

John, how are such initials authenticated?

Christopher Gray
Office for Metropolitan History
246 West 80th Street, #8, NYC  10024
212-799-0520  fax -0542
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