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guage of a fluent speaker; nor should he hence infer, that the system is incomplete, or the art unattainable, for with the same propriety might the young reader condemn and abandon the use of the common alphabet, (because he cannot at once read elegantly,) the inusician his notes, or the young mathematician his Elements of Euclid. Let him therefore persevere in practice, and be will soon attain the object of pursuit.
To turn this necessary practice to the best possible account, the learner who is desirous to improve in useful knowledge, should record in a common place book from day to day, such facts and items of information as may be considered immediately interesting or worthy of future perusal,—these notes should be read while the subject is familiar. By this course, the writing and reading of short-hand are rendered in a few days easy, useful and amusing; and the art cannot fail to become a potent Jabour and time saving engine, not only for the actual accumulation and preservation of knowledge, but for the cultivation and expansion of the mind. For by judicious exercise, this faculty can be trained to receive more, and retain longer, whatever may be worthy of its attention.
This improvement, however, does not depend on the substitution of one faculty for another, but on their mutual co-operation, as auxiliary, cach to the other. For though we are able by short-hand, to preserve a literal copy of any particular subject, for our future gratification and instruction, and thereby increase our stock of knowledge; yet, if memory be left to languish in sickly inactivity, and thus gradually lose its energies, and be. come enervated for the want of proper exercise, the loss is equal to the gain.
The memory, then, whilst it should not be overbur. dened with unnecessary verbiage, should never be released from that habitual exertion on which its own preservation and usefulness depend. The great secret of preserving and improving the memory, consists in giving it a sufficient quantity of the right kind of aliment, affording due time for its digestion, and no more relaxation than is absolutely necessary to its health
The person who can write rapidly, does not as a consequence substitute writing for memory, but employs it as an assistant; and every person when committing words to paper for future instruction, should endeavour to fix in memory at least the leading features of the subject, leaving to short-hand, only that which memory cannot retain, and referring to notes, for details which mental association cannot recall; or of which, reminiscence presents but a meager skeleton.
When the memory is thus properly exercised, it can not fail to be improved; and the mind being released from the unnecessary incumbrance of words, will find more time to grow and expand, by reflecting, or comparing and analyzing the ideas which words may have conveyed; for the memory should be rather the repository of ideas than of words, which are the mere vehicles of thought, and always at hand.
Although the preceding system is in itself complete, so far as intended for correspondence and general use, yet for the gratification of those who may wish to make other abridgments, and particularly those of the learned professions, who may think proper to engraft upon the established system, certain technical or other abbrevia. tions adapted to their own respective professions, the following hints are superadded.
T'he lawyer or judge may, with much propriety, even if writing short hand, substitute in place of certain words which are known to occur very frequently, the initial common hand letter as P. for plaintiff, D. for defendant, W. for witness, C. for court, T. for testimony, V. for verdict, J. for judgment, &c.
The physician may, with like propriety, use P. for patient, pulse, or perspiration, F. for fever, I, for inflammation, R. for respiration, &c.
The clergyman may find it convenient to use H, for heart, or heaven, S. for sinner or salvation, R. for redemption or resurrection, J. for judgment, C. for conscience, condemnation, &c.
Young gentlemen who attend lectures on cheniistry, anatomy, or other subjects, may save much labour and time, by using the initials of certain technical terms, which occur frequently in the course of their study.
Albany, Jan. 14, 1823 "Dear Sir---Having examined the system of Short Hand, which you are about to publish, 1 am satisfied that it possesses merits, which ought to recommend it to the attention of the public. The improvements which you have made, in relation to the facility of writing and legibility of the hand, are obvious; and your design of introducing it into schools, appears to be peculiarly happy, and well calculated to bring into public estimation an accomplishment, which cannot fail of being admired, when its unbounded utility is compared with the trifling time and means necessary to its acquisition.
“The plan of exhibiting your theory upon a card, at a single view, to a whole school, (and thus reducing the expense of furnishing schools, from dollars to cents,') is so admirably adapted to economy, and the general extension of the system throughout our country, that it must meet the approbation of every lover of science, and receive the patronage of the community, ever alive to the prosperity and happiness of the rising generation ; and I shall most cheerfully recommend it to the notice of our legislature, now in session, and to the public in general.
I am yours, with respect and esteem,
J. V. N. YATES." Secretary of State, and acting Superintendent of Common Schools, in New York,
From one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of New York.
« TO THE PUBLIC. “ I certify with great pleasure, that Mr. M.T. C. Gould is a gentleman of excellent reputation and of highly respectable attainments : of his professional skill, from what I know, and have heard from competent judges, I have no hesitation to say, that be stands deservedly high.
“W. W. VAN NESS," Albany, 4th of April, 1821.”
Judge of the Supreme Court, State of New York. “ We the subscribers, most heartily unite with the honourable W. W. Van Ness, in recommending to public patronage, Mr. M. T.C. Gould, with whom we have been for many years acquainted.
“ SQUIRE MANRO,
From the Clerk of the Assembly of the State of New York. "Mr. M. T. C. GOULD,
“ Albany, March 15, 1821, “ Sir---As you have terminated your course of six lessons in short hand writing, which I desired you to instruct me, and having justly deserved my decided approbation for the skill and ability with which I know you teach that science, I take this opportunity to put you in possession of my sincere recommendation.
“of the utility, importance, and great value of short hand writing, no one can doubt, who understands it. I confess I am astonished to find so little time, so little labour, and above all, so little money, necessary to the acquisition of a knowledge of this delightful and convenient art. Did all classes of men reflect upon and consider the subject, I doubt not they would soon become masters of it. I hope you will continue your instructions --I hope you will explain your system, particularly its simplicity, to our public teachers and their pupils, and I believe you will be liberally patronized. I sincerely wish you success.
“I remain your humble servant,
“ AARON CLARK." (And two hundred others.)
From the State of New Jersey. " Whave been personally acquainted with Mr. Gould, for some years; and I have no hesitation in recommending him, as a Stenographer, eminently qualified for his profession, and a person worthy of confidence and encouragement.
“ Rev. JOHN DE WITT, " New Brunswick, Sept. 16, 1823."
Professor in Theological Seminary. " As a Stenographer, Mr. Gould stands at the head of his profession in this country, of this I am satisfied, both from the publications which I have seen concerning him, and the recommendations in his possession, and I most cheerfully recommend him, to those who may be desirous to acquire a knowledge of short hand. " Elizabeth Town, Aug. 28, 1824.
"Rev. JOHN M'DOWELL." “I cheerfully concur in the above recommendation, as well from the general reputatior
From Union, Williams, and Hamilton Colleges. " Having attended Mr. Gould's instruction in Short Hand writing, we fully concur with others in opinion, that his experience in this art has placed him at the head of his profession, and that his system of writing, and method of teaching, richly entitle him to public patronage. Our progress in the art has fully answered
and is a sufficient testimonial in favour of the system here recommended.' (Signed by more than one hundred.)
" I have attended to Mr. Gould's method of teaching Short Hand, and most cheerfully recommend it and him to the encouragement of every one. ** JÓEL B. NOTT, “Union College, Scheneclady, July 16, 1822."
Professor of Chemistry, &c. From Union College. "The undersigned states with pleasure, that he has examined the principles of Stenography as taught by Mr. M. T.C. Gould, and has witnessed the success with which the young gentlemen in college have attended to the acquisition of this art, under his instruction. The sys tem is remarkably simple; the art is acquired with great facility, and is worthy of the atter tion and patronage of all literary men.
ANDREW YATES, “Union College, July 16, 1822."
Professor of Moral Philosophy, fc.
BY M. T. C. GOULD,
No. 6, North Eighth Street, Philadelphia.
At the above establishment, ladies and gentlemen may acquire, by a few practical lessons, a complete knowledge of the art of short writing, for the following prices, viz. A course of private lessons,
$10 00 Lessons in a class,
5 00 Persons less than 15 years
3 00 Short hand book,
50 Mr. Gould having visited the principal cities, colleges, and legislative bodies in the United States, as teacher and reporter, has acquired a name, which supersedes, in part, the necessity of testimonials, as to character or qualifications; still, as some may be ignorant of these facts, it is thought proper to add the following, with a respectful reference to his numerous volumes of sermons, trials, legislative debates, &c. and to the unparalleled sale of six successive editions of this work, and an extensive demand for the seventh.
RECOMMENDATION. TO THE PUBLIC.
Washington City, July 1825,
M. T.C. Gould, Esq. has been, for several years, a distinguished Stenographer in the State of New York, and particularly in the convention of 1821. From our knowledge of his professional skill, and his character as a gentleman, we cordially unite in recommending him to the favourable notice of the American public. He is the author of a System of Stenography, and a teacher of the art in many of the Colleges of the United States-his book is highly approved by gentlemen of literary distinction, and from its adoption in Colleges and Academies, we have no doubt that it possesses superior merit-and that it justly deserves the character which it has received—“the best system extant." hn . Taylor, speaker.
Robert S. Rose,
Henry C. Martindale, Rowland Day,
William Woods, Ste. Van Rensselaer, James L. Hogeboom, Dudley Marvin. John Richards,
John W. Cady, The above recommendation From the New-York Representatives, in the 18th Congress of the U. S. is one only, from hundreds of similar import.