A Short-hand Legible as the Plainest Writing: And Requiring No Teacher But the Book. With a Simplified System of Verbatim Reporting

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William Elias Scovil
1871 - Shorthand - 74 pages
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Page 55 - Come hither, young and active scribe. Prepare thy tablets to record In quick flying dots and strokes, What I shall dictate, word for word. O wondrous art! though from my lips The words like pattering hailstones fall, Thine ear hath caught them every one, Thy nimble pen portrayed them all. Quick darts thy hand across the page, No other movement scarce is seen; Yet in its track a thick array Of signs instinct with meaning gleam My words, no sooner are pronounced Than on thy tablets they appear; My...
Page xii - ... ADDISON . . . Addison is now to be considered as a critic, — a name which the present generation is scarcely willing to allow him. His criticism is condemned as tentative or experimental, rather than scientific, and he is considered as deciding by taste rather than by principles. It is not uncommon for those who have grown wise by the labor of others to add a little of their own, and overlook their masters. Addison is now despised by some who perhaps would never have seen his defects but by...
Page xii - Farewell ! and if a better system's thine, Impart it frankly, or make use of mine.

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