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mon writing alphabet, as the arbitrary signs of certain words of frequent occurrence -the plan I think a good one if confined within proper limits ; and I therefore give it as prepared by him, together with the remarks and additions of the editor of the last American edition of the work, who says

“ Mr. Joseph Gurney has introduced the letters in the common writing alphabet, as arbitrary characters in the later editions of his work, which seems to be a real improve ment. The present Editor has formed them into a double alphabet of capital and small letters, by which he has been enabled to adopt all Mr. Gurney's significations, has addrd a few of his own, and furnished the pupil with an exercise for his ingenuity by leaving several characters vacant, to be supplied from his own fancy, or the necessary exigencies of his profession, as in the following scheme.”

Doubtless most of my readers recollect the hints given in the introduction to this system, respecting a plan like the one here described. They have now an opportunity, not only to profit by those suggestions, but to improve still further, by having laid before them, on the following page, a judicious selection of words adapted to different letters of the alphabet. This selection is the result of much experience, and forms a basis upon which the learner may proceed to build with entire confidence.* The several blanks may be filled in conformity to the respective professions of those concerned : and as it is not, properly speaking, a part of the regular system of short hand, but intended for individual convenience, each person is at liberty not only to fill the blanks, but to ex. punge, and substitute other words which he may consider more appropriate. Perhaps some of the words enumerated in my introduction will be found appropriate, especially to gentlemen of the learned professions in relation to this, however, I have no desire to dictate.

* The filling up of the following blanks, though apparently the la. bour of a moment, cannot be accomplished in the best manner, with out much investigation.


ALPHABET. The italic types are used as most convenient to repre

sent the common writing letters,

A Administrator, -tion
C Congress, Congressional
D Demonstrate -tion
E Ecclesiastic -al
L Law or Laws
O Origin -ate -al -ally
P President of the States
R Representatives
S Senate
Ú United States
X Christianity

a accord -ing -ingly b bankrupt -cy c circum -stance -es d evident -ly, evidence e establish -ed -ment f fraud -ulent -ulently S govern -ing -ment h hereditary -aments j justify -ing -able -cation k 1 legislator -ture -tive -tion m multitude -ply -ed -cation n notwithstanding

o order -ing p preceden -cy a question r represent -ed -ation 8 statute, spirit -ed -ual t trespass -es, transport -ation u unlawful -ly -ness

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To make this little work as useful to the learner as its limits will permit, a collection of maxims, words and phrases is liere subjoined, for the benefit of those who are not familiar with the Latin and French, from which they are selected. They may be written in short hand, the same as English, but should be distinguished by a line drawn over them. Ab initio.-From the beginning. Ab origine.-From the origin. Aborigines. The first inhabitants of a country—as the Indians

in America. Accedos ad curiam.—You may approach the court. Ac etiam.-And also. Actio personalis moritur cum persona.-A personal action dies

with the person: Actus Dei nemini facit injuriam.—No one shall be injured

through the act of God. Actus legis nulli facit injuriam.-The act of the law does in.

jury to no man. Actus, me invito factus, non est meus actus.-An act done against

my will is not my act. Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea.-The act does not

make a man guilty, unless the mind be also guilty. Ad eundem.-To the same. Ad finem.-To the end.-Or the conclusion. Ad infinitum.—To infinity. Ad interim.-In the meanwhile. Ad libitum.--At pleasure. Ad quod damnum.-To what damage. Ad referendum.To be farther considered. Adscriptus glebe.-Attached to the soil. Ad valorum.-According to the value. Affirmation.--In the affirmative. A fin. French.--To the end. A fortiori.--With stronger reason. A la mode. Fr.- According to the fashion. Alias. Otherwise, as Robinson alias Robson. Alibi.-Elsewhere. Alma mater --A benign mother. Alumni.--Those who have received their education at a col.

lege, are called alumni of that college. Amor patriæ.-The love of our country: Anno Domini.-In the year of our Lord.


Anno mundi.-In the year of the world.
Ante bellum.--Before the war.
A posteriori. From the latter.
À priori. From the former-in the first instance.
Aqua fortis.-Strong water.-Aqua regia.-Royal water.
Arcana imperii.--State secrets. The mysteries of government.
Arcanum. --- secret.--The grand arcanum—the philosopher's

Argumentum ad crumenam.--An argument to the purse.
Argumentum ad hominem.--An argument to the man.
Argumentum ad judicium.--An argument to the judgment.
Assumpsit.--He assumed-he took upon him to pay.
Audi alteram partem.-Hear the other party.
Aula Regis. - The king's court.
Beau monde. Fr.-The gay world. The world of fashion.
Bona fide.-In good faith.--Actually, in reality.
Bonhommie. Fr.-Good nature.
Bon mot. Fr.-A good word.-A witticism.
Bonus. A consideration for something received.
Cætera desunt.-The remainder is wanting.
Canaille. Fr.-The rabble--the swinish multitude.
Cap a pie. Norm. Fr.–From head to foot.
Capias.--You may take.
Capias ad respondendum.--You take to answer.
Capias ad satisfaciendum.—You take to satisfy.
Carle blanche. Fr.-A blank sheet of paper.
Casus omissus.-An omitted case.
Caveat actor.--Let the actor or doer beware.
Caveat emptor.-Let the buyer beware.
Chef d'oeuvre. Fr.-A master piece.--An unrivalled perform.
Cognovit actionem.--He has acknowledged the action.
Comiter inter gentes.-Politeness between nations.
Compos mentis.—A man of a sound and composed mind.

facit legem.-Consent makes the law.
Coram nobis.-Before us.
Corps diplomatique. Fr.--The diplomatic body.
Coup d'essai. Fr.-A first essay.--An attempt
Coup de main. Fr.-A sudden or bold enterprise.
Cui bono?-To what (or for whose) good-sc. will it tend?
Cui malo?-To what evil-Sc. will it iend?
Dala.—Things granted.
Debul. Fr.--First appearance on the stage, in public life,

&c. &c.
De die in diem.-From day to day.
Dedimus potestatum.-We have given power.
De facio.--From the fact.
De jure.-From the law.
De mal en pis. Fr.-From bad to worse.


De novo.--Anew.--To commence de novo.
Depot. Fr.-A store or magazine.
Dernier resort. Fr.-The last resource.
Desideratum.-A thing desired.
Desperandum.—A thing, or event, to be despaired of.
Dictum de dicto. Report upon hearsay.- Vague report
Dies datus.— The day given.
Dies faustus.-A lucky day.
Dies infaustus.-An unlucky day.
Distringas.--You may distrain.
Droit des gen. Fr.--Th la of nations.
Ducit amor patriæ.--The love of my country leads me.
Durante bene placito.-During our good pleasure.
Durante vita. --During life.-A clause in letters patent.
E converso.-Reversing the order—of a proposition.
Elegit.He has chosen.
En ami. Fr.--As a friend.
En avant! Fr.-Forward !--March on.
En masse. Fr.-In a body.-En foule.--In a crowd.
Eo instanti.--At that instant.
Eo nomine.-By that name.—Under that description.
E pluribus unum.-One of many.

The motio of the United
States of America.
Erratum.--An error.
Esprit de corps. Fr.--The spirit of the body.
Esto perpetua.-Be thou perpetual.
Et cælera.-And the rest.
Ex.-Out.--Ex-minister, a minister out of office.
Ex cathedra.--From the chair.
Excelsior.--More elevated.--Motto of the state of New York.
Exceptio probat regulam.--The exception proves the existence

of the rule. Excerpta.--Extracts.—Abridged notices taken from a work. Excessus in jure reprobatur.-All excess is condemned by the

law. Ex concesso. From what has been granted. Ex curia.--Out of court. Ex delicto.-From the crime. Exempli gratia. Ex. gr.--As an example, for instance. Ex facto jus oritur.-The law arises out of the fact. Ex mero motu. From a mere motion. Ex necessitate rei.- From the necessity of the case. Ex officio.—By virtue of his office.--As a matter of duty. Ex parte.- On one side. Ex post facto.-A law made to punish an act previously com.

mitted. Ex tempore.--Out of hand-without premeditation. Fac simile. Do the like.-A close imitation.

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