Our Reservoir of World Respect and Hope – Part 1

The following address by American lawyer and corporate executive Wendell L. Willkie, who ran against Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940, was delivered over the radio on October 26, 1942. This speech formed the basis of Willkie’s book One World, published in 1943, which became at the time the greatest nonfiction bestseller to date in US publishing history. Here is Part 1 of the speech transcribed in Anniversary Gregg by yours truly.

Attachment: our-reservoir-of-world-respect-and-hope-part-1.pdf

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  1. I think I'm getting better at reading Gregg.  It only took me about 15 seconds to figure out "private citizen", and a year ago I might not have figured it out at all!

  2. I too had problems with private citizen — only getting it on a second reading.  I also found "to any others" (p4 c1 last line) impossible until I found the text of the speech online (http://www.ibiblio.org/pha/policy/1942/1942-10-26a.html).  But I have some uncertainties:-

    These points are quite irrelevant to the reading of the shorthand:
    (1) The name "Belem" (p4 c1 l3) I read  as "Berlin" (probably wrongly, even if it was that).  Maybe your "m" is a bit short(?)
    (2) p4 c1 l5 my text says "head" rather than "hand"
    (3) (p4, c2, l13), you have "go to the hospitals" but my text says "go the hospitals"
    (4) p5 c1 l3 you have "stored for us" but my text says "stored up for us"

    But these may be shorthand problems:
    (i) p5 c1 l14 "people of every country".  I read your "u" as "of" on first reading so the ?mistake? did not matter.
    (ii) also, I read "associated" (p6 c1 l1) OK, though my dictionary has a-s-o-sh-t for associate; so presumably they would have written associated a-s-o-sh-ted. (?)
    (iii) did you miss an "ing" from fighting (p6 c1 16)?
    (iv) p6 c2 l6: "it must be": my phrase book has tm-s-b.  Your t-m-s-b would be fine if the distinction between t an m was a bit sharper.  (I had to content myself with it being a form of "that must be" till I read the text.)

    I look forward to the next instalment.

    I've a technical point about all the pdf files:  I am unable to print them, so I have to look at each page and, using a "snipping tool", save it to an MS-word document and print that.  Am I missing a trick?



    1. Thanks for the corrections!

      Belém is not pronounced with an m: the "em" indicates a nasal e in Portuguese so I used the n to convey the sound (although it's not a true n either!).

      In my own writing, I write "associated" with the disjoined t, even though it's not according to theory.

      Lastly, I haven’t tried printing from Google drive. An option would be to download the pdf.

      1. Thanks Carlos,

        Belem: Well, should I encounter it again (your articles are very educational in unexpected ways!) I will know how to (try to) say it.

        I didn't have a download option in my old browser.  But I'll manage fine, as before.


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