Beautifully incomprehensible

The Paget collection includes undated shorthand notes (presumably on religion) by Joseph Priestley. The writing is quite beautiful, in the way of scripts in unknown alphabets. The many colons and dots bring Arabic to (my) mind. Occasionally there is a recognizable cursive word: dominion, silver, extent, oblation, genuine, etc. The script looks like it belongs chiseled into the set of a sci-fi movie or scrawled across blood-spattered pages in a thriller.