An historical account of compendious and swift writing

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Printed by J. Bettenham for the author, 1736 - Shorthand - 60 pages
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Page 55 - Completed, or the art of Shorthand brought to perfection; being the most easy, exact, lineal, speedy, and legible method extant; whereby can be joined in every sentence at least two, three, four, five, six, seven, or more words together in one, without taking off the pen, in the twinkling of an eye; and that by the signs of the English moods, tenses, persons, participles, etc., never before invented.
Page 30 - Quis, quaeso, quis me prodidit? quis ista iam dixit tibi, quae cogitabam dicere ? quae furta corde in intimo 25 exercet ales dextera? quis ordo rerum tam novus, veniat in aures ut tuas, quod lingua nondum absolvent ? doctrina non...
Page 38 - These characterical words thou art to get by heart, and therewith the making of the figure of the character, so as to do it readily and clean : then to be able to join every character to the word pronounced, without book, or sight of any pattern before thee. This done, thou art farther to proceed, and to learn how to refer either words of like signification, or of the same kind, or contraries, unto those that be called
Page 41 - Charactery * that ever was set forth. Since which time, '* many others, taking their fundamental rules ' from this book, have sought to better the '', invention, by changing the figure, power, or places of the literal characters, and by the various affixing of them one to another...
Page 37 - ... invent a speedy kind of writing by character, and that he, upon the consideration of the great use of such a kind of writing, had invented the like, of few characters, short, and easy, every character answering a word. His invention, too, (he observes,) was mere English, without precept or imitation of any : and he hoped it wanted little to equal it with the old device of Cicero but Her Majesty's allowance and Cicero's name.
Page 42 - There was no alphabet, but there was a Table of Words with characters annexed, which (said the author) "thou art to get by heart." We am told 34 that " it required such understanding and memory that few of the ordinary sort of people could attain to the knowledge thereof.
Page 54 - ┴urea clavis, or a golden key to the cabinet of contractions, unlocking all the mysteries (and seeming difficulties) of an engraven sheet of short hand lately published, entituled A regular and easy table of natural contractions, &c.
Page 55 - Never before invented. By this New Method any, who can but tolerably write their Names in Round-hand, may with ease (by this Book alone without any Teacher) take down from ye Speakers Mouth, any Sermon, Speech, Trial, Play, etc.
Page 32 - . . . verum accito notario, aut statim dicto quodcumque in buccam venerit: aut si paululum voluero cogitare, melius aliquid prolaturus, tune me tacitus ille reprehendit, manum contrahit, frontem rugat, et se frustra adesse, toto gestu corporis contestatur.
Page 39 - Then he proceeds to shew how the needful letters of all words are to be expressed. This he does distinctly, with respect to words of one, two, three, or more syllables ; and particularly as to monosyllables, that are produced, that is to say, pronounced as having in them a long vowel or diphthong. He points out a mode of distinguishing them from words written with the same letters, whose vowels are short; viz.

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