At the time a great deal was made of penmanship. A fine hand was the mark of an educated gentleman and was practiced and refined to an art. It was common to keep an autograph book in which one collected the signatures and momentos of one's friends. Those who were sufficiently skilled would add a calligraphic drawing, often of a bird, which demonstrated the skills of the writer. There are quite a number of these in Mr. Christian's autograph book, of which I will post a few examples.
My middle son, David Christian Miller, was named for this gentleman who had no children of his own, and it will pass to David when I am no longer the holder.