A Glass of Cold Water

Paul Denton was a fictionalized account based on the life of John B. Denton, a pioneer Methodist preacher from Tennessee who went to Texas in 1837 and became a lawyer. In 1841 he went on to engage in Indian fighting; but unfortunately he was unsuccessful in this endeavor as he was the only Texas resident killed in the battle with the Indians. The city and county of Denton, TX bear his name. This small sermon (attributed to Paul) exalting the virtues of cold water was published in many newspapers of the era. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg for the blog.

Attachment: a-glass-of-cold-water.pdf

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  1. Your standard of penmanship is always very high, but I think this particular example is exceptionally fluent and clear.

    I’m sure you’ve done so before, but can you clarify the materials you use to produce a specimen like this? I don’t think I have a writing instrument that will produce that kind of consistent fine line.


    1. Thank you! I have been writing the plates with a Pilot High-Tech C, 0.3 mm. It is marketed as a drawing pen and have been using it since it was recommended to me at an art store about 4 or 5 years ago. Before that, I used a Pilot C-2, Extra Fine. Like any gel pen, you need to prime it to get good flow by scribbling on scratch paper or you can removing the old ink from the tip with your fingers.

      Also you have to consider the paper you’re using. Pens will scratch with cheap 20 lb paper, and if you scan the paper, the writing can look jagged in some spots. I have been using 28 lb paper and it is good most of the time, but probably I will eventually need to bump to 32 lb or higher to get an even smoother line.

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