A reader of mine named Clay left the following comment on my post Ocular Proof and the Authorship Crazies:
Ocular proof that Bacon was Shakespeare: http://www.flickr.com/photos/68555176@N06/6723608697/
I clicked on the link and here’s what I found:
This is what is known by Baconists as the Northumberland Manuscript:
In 1867 in Northumberland House a manuscript folder was discovered which at one time had been in Francis Bacon’s possession. The folder contained a list with some of Bacon’s well-known works along with two of the Shakespeare plays.
It is the only Elizabethan document that has both the names Shakespeare and Francis Bacon written together. The Northumberland Manuscript is a valuable contemporary document which, although somewhat damaged by a fire in old Northumberland House, survives to prove that “Shakespeare’s” Manuscripts of Richard II and Richard III were once tied up in a portfolio with Francis Bacon’s Conference of Pleasure, some speeches, Nash’s Isle of Dogs and an old play that is lost.
The fact remains that on the old parchment cover is written the names of Bacon and Shakespeare in the list of contents and scattered sentences from the Shakespeare plays including the unusual word from Love’s Labour’s Lost, honorificabilitudini. On the back side of the cover are the words “put into type.”
If the Baconists are correct and this document proves that Bacon was the true author of all of the works attributable to William Shakespeare, the following document – known simply as The Manuscript – proves that I am the true author of the works of Philip Roth: