I received a request for assistance in the transcription of some shorthand notes from a diary of a British WWI soldier.
Mr. William Pritchett fought in France during WWI and ended up a prisoner of
war in Germany. He kept a diary: most of it is in plain English, but some parts are written in Malone’s Script Phonography. His grandson kept the diary and requested a third party to transcribe the complete diary, who upon finding the shorthand notes, contacted me. Luckily, we also have a letter that Mr. Pritchett sent to the British War Office in 1919
explaining the circumstances of his capture. With it were pages from a
notebook with a copy of the letter written in shorthand — so we have sort of a “Rosetta
Stone” to start with. The only pages in the diary with shorthand are those that I’m posting. I’m also including a list of brief forms that Pritchett appears to use — the list was compiled by the gentleman who asked for shorthand help.
Is there anyone in the blog that can read Script Phonography, or that is motivated to take a stab at this? Overall, I think this is a doable project, but requires some time if one is not versed in Malone’s shorthand. Feel free to use the blog to write your attempts.