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Rules for Writing 1. Provide a good pencil, or fine hard pen, good ink and paper.
2. When a vowel is to be written make a small dot, and if it belong to a particular word, let it stand near that word, at the right or left.
3. Do not lift the pen in a word, except to write a prefix, termination, or vowel.
4. Make the character y, for the words you, your, year, and at the beginning of words, but never at the last end, as it is there a vowel, and represented by a dot.
5. At the beginning of words user for recon, recom; m for multi, magni; k for contra, contri, counter; n for inter, intro, enter; s for satis, super, circum; t for trans. It must be remembered, that all these signs should be made small, and placed just before the word, but not joined to it. For under, beneath, below, make a small circle below the line of writing; for on, upon, over and above, make it over the line; for before, make it in the line o; for up and down make a small dot or touch above or below . as the case requires.
6. At the end of words, a scratch through the last letter is tive; a dot. below is ly; a dot · above is tion, sion, cian: a touch above is tions, sions, cians; at the right it is ing, ong, ung; if below, it is ings, ongs, ungs; if thus it is ity, ality, elity, ility; a horizontal touch above is al, ial, tial, cial; and the same touch below is less, fess, ress; and without lifting the pen, the following letters may be used for some of the frequent endings of words; viz. n for ness, b for ble or bles, m for ment or ments, s for self or selves, f for full, ference, w for ward, sh for ship, and — for ious, eous, uous, ius.
7. Use common figures to represent numbers, but make them larger than the other characters, that they may be readily distinguished.
8. The common marks for punctuation may all be used in short hand, except the period, which would be taken for a vowel. But the following distinction is all that is necessary in following a speaker-when a sentence is complete, leave a blank of half an inch, and let each paragraph begin a line.
9. Long words may often be represented by two or three of their leading consonants, or by their initials, when the sense is clear; and in most long sentences a number of small words may be dropped, without impairing the perspicuity of the sentence.
10. When a word or sentence is immediately repeated, write it once, and draw a line under it for the repetition. If it be a sentence and not repeated till something else occur, write a word or two and make the for &c.
Rule for Reading. When a word is not known at sight, proceed to speak each letter of which it is composed, separately and distinctly, and then prononnce the whole together, as rapidly as possible—thus; n, v, when pronounced nv, would give the word envy--n, t, t, pronounced ntt, would give the word entity-1, d, r, would be elder-f, 1, s, f,r, or fisfr, would be readily recognized as philosopher; and the same of all other words.
REMARK.—The characters of this system are simple and few, and may soon be known at sight, like the letters of our common Alphabet, and when this is the case, the sense of the subject will render the reading sure and easy.