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Q: Translating 18th century shorthand ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Translating 18th century shorthand
Category: Reference, Education and News > Teaching and Research
Asked by: cholmondeley-ga
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Posted: 01 Nov 2006 00:41 PST
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Question ID: 779045
Where can I find someone who might be able to tranlate 18th century
shorthand?  I have inherited a small notebook dating to 1790-1803. 
The contents are all manuscript poems in English except for about 8
pages of shorthand which may also be poetry.  It's too early for
Pitman, and I cannot match it to some of the earlier shorthands around
at the time such as Taylor.  It should be possible to decode it from
first principles with every shape representing either a letter or a
sound but approaches to Mensa and the American Society of
Cryptologists has produced nothing.
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