Mr. Pickwick’s Proposal to Mrs. Bardell

Charles Dickens was still a young Parliamentary reporter — having learned Gurney Shorthand — when he wrote his first novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, otherwise known as The Pickwick Papers. The novel’s chapters were serially published over 20 months, from March 1836 to October 1837. This particular episode appears in Chapter 12….

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John Maynard, the Hero-Pilot

This is a small story of bravery, written by John B. Gough, who was well known in his lifetime as a temperance advocate and orator. Here it is transcribed in Simplified Gregg by yours truly. Attachment: john-maynard-the-hero-pilot.pdf

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The Hour for Meditation

The importance of taking time for meditation was recognized even in the early part of the 20th century, when this small article appeared in many newspapers of the era. Here it is transcribed in Centennial Gregg by me for the blog. Attachment: the-hour-for-meditation.pdf

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Vocabulary Studies for Stenographers

I stumbled upon a very interesting book published in 1922 by The Gregg Publishing Company. Titled “Vocabulary Studies for Stenographers”, it was authored by Enoch Newton Miner. The book contains the pronunciation, definition, and shorthand outlines of “words in most common use among educated people which frequently are, in different ways, most perplexing to the…

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The Crusader and the Puritan

Before becoming Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Oliver Wendell Holmes was something of a feature on the lecture circuit. This speech was delivered at the 250th Anniversary of the First Church in Cambridge, February 12, 1886. I transcribed it in Centennial Gregg for the blog. Attachment: the-crusader-and-the-puritan.pdf  

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