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BEING THE MOST CORRECT, EASY, SPEEDY AND
LEGIBLE METHOD EVER VET DISCOVERED,
More may be written in one hour, than in eighty
distance of time after it is written.
Compiled and improved from the latest London and
BY ISAAC STETSON
Professor of Stenography.
HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
1877, Oct. 4. Gift of
of Bostor. 75.26.1860)
EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA, to wits
E it remembered. That on the thirtieth
day of June, in the forty-eighth year of the Independence of the United States of E America, A. D. 1894, ISAAC STETSON, of
the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims
as Author, in the words following, to wit. « The Universal Writer, or Short-Hand shortened; being the most correct, easy, speedy and legible method ever yet discovered, whereby more may be written in one hour than in eighty niinutes by any other system hitherto published: An attention to which, by this method, any person may qualify binself, in a short time, to note down the Language of a public speaker in a style both beautiful and legible, word by word, as fast as delivered, and may likewise read it distinctly, at any distance of time, after it is written. Com. piled and improved from the latest London and American publications. By Isaac Stetson, professor of Stenography."
Io conformity to ap Act of the Congress of the United States, intituled, "An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned ; and also to the act, entitled, “An act supplementary to an act, entitled, “An act for the encourage. ment of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned," and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
THE ART OF SHORT-HAND, after struggling with the prejudice or indolence of more than a century, has at length become an important object of general education, and is regarded as a .necessary acquisition to the scholar and the gentleman. The value of its attainment is indeed sufficiently, testified by the namber of competitors who have endeavoured to obtain the public attention by the publication of their peculiar systems. The readiness of professors of stenography, to communicate their discoveries and improvements to the world, has been in proportion to the encouragement afforded them by the community; and the result of competition in this as in every other branch of human knowledge, has been its gradual advancement to perfection.
It does not appear, from the writings of the Ancients, that they were acquainted previous to the Christian æra with any regular system of abbreviation by which they could embody the eloquence of their orators, or promote the convenience of private composition. Yet some imperfect attempts at regular abbreviation were made by the Clergy and the Monks of the bar