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Swiftogrnph

by
Frederick Fax*t Abbott







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H Simple SDonnaoii System for me million



By PROFESSOR FA NT ABBOTT.



Adopted by over 100 Lieadipg Colleges, Schools,
Preparatories, ar?d Educational Bodies.



"The Shorthand of the future will be a PERFECTED ALPHABET."
PROFESSOR DA WS, Shorthand Congrtss, 18



HEAD OFFICE

DONCASTER.



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A



THE UTILITY OF SHORTHAND.



TESTIMONY OF NOTABLE MEN.



" In these days of rigid and anxious competition in economical
matters we must make it understood to all our growing lads that an
indispensable condition to a commercial education is a knowledge of
shorthand. I do hope with all my heart and with all the earnestness
of which I am capable that shorthand will penetrate every cranny and
crevice of our civilized life."

LORD ROSEBERY.



" A boy doubles his ordinary value at his start in life if he knows
shorthand. "

REV. DR. ABBOTT,
(Head Master, City of London School).



" I hold that shorthand is worth all the scientific knowledge that
can be obtained from half a dozen universities."

ANDREW CARNEGIE.



" Shorthand is described, and rightly described, as one of the
world's great moving forces."

LORD ARMSTRONG.



" A shorthand writer, who can type his notes, is safer from poverty
than a great Greek scholar."

CHARLES READE.



SPECIAL NOTICE TO PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS,
AND AGENTS.



PROFESSOR AB BO TT will be pleased to receive any suggestions
which may tend to improve or advance his system in any part of Great
Britain, America, or the Colonies.



PROFESSOR ABBOTT is, open to deliver public lectures during
the winter session, for any Society or writers of " Swiftograph " who
may wish to propagate the system in their own locality. Further
information can be had by writing to him at his Head Office.

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PHKFACK.

" Swiftograph," the simplest, briefest, and most legible system
of shorthand writing ever published, now steps before the curtain of
publicity. In doing so it enters into honest competition with all,
and begrudges success to none. " Swiftograph " is an invention not
improvement, powerful in its simplicity, abolishing all the props by
which other systems are mainly upheld, viz. , hooks, dots, dashes, lines,
position, rules, and laws, shading of consonants, with hundreds of
arbitrary signs and complications. I do not seek to detract or
disparage unfairly many ingenious systems of shorthand which insist
upon the student performing a feat of memory in the mastery of a
whole dictionary of signs, concluding with a multitude of rules possessing
inevitable exceptions. "Swiftograph" has been thoroughly learned in
an hour by all classes of the community. Its results challenge com-
parison. It is the simplest method of shorthand writing in the world.
I have heard no argument more frequently urged against my system
than its extreme simplicity. This no doubt arises from the popular idea
that value is in proportion to cost. If you want a good article you
must pay a good price, and of what use, ask my critics, can a system of
shorthand be that is acquired in an hour. To make this all the more
plausible, systems are pointed to, as possessing the quality of simplicity,
but found upon trial to be wanting in completeness and efficiency, and
thus the illogical conclusion is arrived at that "Swiftograph," being
marvellously simple, is incomplete. To assume, however, that the value
of a thing is always in proportion to the difficulty of acquiring it, is to
adopt a gross absurdity, particularly as regards the pursuit of knowledge.
It is identifying simplicity with deficiency, but the quality of simplicity
does not of itself necessarily imply inefficiency. If a machine l>e
rendered more simple without impairing its power, the improvement is
unquestionable. Had I dared to have presumed fifty years ago that it
would become possible to send a message round the world in five beats
of a clock, or travel from London to Edinburgh in eight hours, or above



all produce the voice of man, I should have been confined during " Her
Majesty's Pleasure." Need anyone, after viewing the remarkable dis-
coveries of half-a-century, be dubious that we have now arrived at a
new era in the history of shorthand writing. For several years I have
laboured to produce a system that could be easily and quickly acquired.
My ambition has been to bring forth a method complete even to its
minutest details clear and concise capable of reporting the most
rapid orator by having a tenth part of the memory work contained in
other systems necessary to attain that desirable end. How far I have
succeeded may be judged by the fact that " Swiftograph " is thoroughly
explained upon four pages of this book. By introducing " Swiftograph "
my aim is to bring so profitable a study within the reach of rich or poor,
old or young, however scant the leisure, light the purse, or slow the
capacity, and for it I confidently ask the support and patronage of a
British progressive educational public.






ADVICE TO THE LEARNER.

Commit thoroughly to memory the twenty-eight signs
icontained in the Alphabet on page 9, with the list of" Popular
Words Abbreviated ' on page n. Read carefully the rules
which govern the system, and practise writing the exercises
till you gain a speed of 120 words a minute. Exercise great
care in forming each character its proper length. Pages 8,
9, and n meet the requirements of the whole English
Language. Do not attempt to write rapidly till you have
them at your finger ends.



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Write only by sound. Example home, decay, youth, " Om,"
"Dk," " Uth." When two vowels come together write only the most
important one of them, as the "I" in violin, or the "E" in each,
read, or real. "Y" finds its equivalent in the vowel "I" or "E."
Example fly, fli, folly, fole. Six signs in the alphabet are always
written up "A," "Ah," " M," " R," " T," and "Th." There are
three sizes in the folio wing characters "A," "T," " Th," " E," "O,"
and "Oo." "A" and "1" are alike in outline, the former being
struck up, while the latter is down. This occurs again in the consonants
"M"and " Sh," and " R" and "N." "S" and "Z" is the same
sign. Double the length of the sign " S " to denote the sounds of sis,
ses, or sees, as in system, masses, Ceaser, &c. The sign "Sh" will
denote the sounds of shon, sion, tion, as in passion, action, motion, &c.
Write half of a long word where the context will decide its true
meaning. Example unan, unanimously, &c. A dot placed above any
figure indicates hundreds ; at the side, thousands ; below, millions.
Example 4 400, 4- 4,000, 4 4,000,000. The full stop is repre-
sented by an oval sign 0. Note

B is twice the size of L



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DOUBLE CONSONANTS.

Ch. Ng. Sh. Th.
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DOUBLE VOWEL SIGNS.

Ah. Au. Oo.

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EXERCISE OF WORDS.


Age


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Kate


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Merry


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Name


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Week


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EXAMPLE : Terminations of Words dropped.


Unanimously-


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Parliamentary


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Ecclesiastical


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List of Popular


Words Abbreviated.


TO BE MEMORIZED.


a


r


A, i, an


Little, less, will ) /


af


^


After


Much, more, many x^ tn


r


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Are, our


Never \. t,-o


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Always


No, not, now y no


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Of, all, or o o


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By, but, be-en


People, principle p








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Because, become


Quick, quality-s s~**^^s k





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Before


Should, shall, sure 5 S


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Character /,


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Circumstances


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Ever-y


That f Oia


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From, for if


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Unto, into enter ^-, nt


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C


Great-er


Very, have ve


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Her-s


What 7 van


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He, him


Who, whom, whose >^ ^ w


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How


Was ^ ws


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With /^ ' wth


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It is, its


You, yes, your j u


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Just, most, must


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PHRASEOGRAPHY.

Joining small words together to accelerate speed in writing.



He has a good character because of his circumstances.

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How are you ? Never more. I shall go there for him.



EXERCISE.

PRECEPTS OF LIFE.
Make few promises. Always speak the truth. Never speak evil of

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anyone. Keep good company or none. Live up to your engage-



ments. Be just before you are generous. Never play at any game of



chance. Drink no kind of intoxicating liquor. Good character is above

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all things else. Keep your own secrets, if you have any. Never

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borrow if you possibly can help it. Keep yourself innocent if you would



be happy." Make no haste to be rich if you would prosper. Ever live

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(misfortune excepted) within your income. Save when you are young
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to spend when you are old. Good company and good conversation are

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the sinews of virtue.



THE ENERGY OF YOUTH.

Let us select five men of especial historical significance, and who

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are commonly imagined to our minds with heads silvered over with old

age. Take Goethe in poetry, Newton in science, Bacon in philosophy,



Columbus in discovery, Watt in mechanics. Now ! how stand the



facts? The greatest works of Goethe were conceived and partly

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executed when he was a young man. Newton discovered the most

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universal of all natural laws the law, of gravitation, before he was

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twenty-five, though an error of observation, not his own, prevented him
from demonstrating it until he was forty. Bacon had taken "all
knowledge for his province" before he turned thirty. The great



conception of Columbus sprang from the thoughts and studies of his
youth , and it was the radiance sh*d from such which gave him fortitude
to bear the slow martyrdom of poverty, contempt, and sickness of heart



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which embittered the toiling years preceding its late realization. The

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steam engine was invented by James Watt before he was thirty, but



then Watt was a thinker from his cradle. All will recollect his mother's



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reproof of what she termed his idleness over the tea kettle, at the time
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his boyish brain was busy with meditations destined to ripen in the most

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marvellous and revolutionising of all inventions, which, of itself alone,



has given Great Britain an additional productive power equal to ten

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millions of men. One thing is certain, that the invention of new

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methods all belong to that live condition of mind which is ymmg.

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LINES BY KINGSLEY.
Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever,
Do noble-things, not dream them all day long ;
And so make life, death, and that jiSst for ever,



One grand sweet song.

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TWELVE REASONS WHY "SWIFTOGRAPH
SYSTEM IN THE WORLD.



1. Because its alphabet is composed of a less number of signs than

any other.

2. Because it is a "Perfected Alphabet," being founded upon an

alphabetical basis it is more easily and readily acquired.

3. Because it abolishes the use of lines to write upon.

4. Because ,, hooks.

5. Because ,, ,, shading consonants.

6. Because ,, ,, hundreds of arbitrary signs.

7. Because it can be learned in an hour.

8. Because it is not burdened by a single complication.

9. Because its simplicity is the highest ever attained.

10. Because its results have never been equalled.

11. Because its Self- Instructor is the smallest published.

12. Because it is a shorthand system for the million.



TWELVE REASONS WHY " SWIFTOGRAH " IS SUPERIOR
TO THE LONGEST ESTABLISHED SYSTEM.



1. Because it does not use thickening to mean six different things.

2. Because it does not put hooks in front to add letters after.

3. Because it does not put hooks behind to prefix medial letters.

4. Because it does not shorten characters to add letters.

5. Because it djes not use three positions for velvets.

6. Because it does not use four sizes of characters.

7. Because it does not indicate vowels with uncertainty.

8. Because it does not require the memorizing of thousands of forms.

9. Because it does not write words differing in sound like righteousness

and artisans by the same form.

10. Because it does not oppose natural laws.

11. Because it does not take months to learn.

12. Because Swiftograph completely removes all such inconsistences and

makes the acquisition of the art a real pleasure.



fttsttonrnials.



It is impossible to produce in a work of this character, the many
thousands of testimonials received certifying to the great simplicity and
vast superiority of Swiftograph over the numerous cumbersome "dry
as dust " methods now upon the British market. The following
extracted are guarantees which must convince the most incredulous.
The Author begs to acknowledge and convey his best thanks by these
means, for the kind wishes of success sent him from Shorthand Teachers,
Reporters, Journalists, impartial critics, and disinterested writers.



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RESULTS MOST GRATIFYING.
GRAMMAR SCHOOL,

ROCHDALE,

NEAR MANCHESTER.

" Anxious as I have been for many years, to make shorthand a
subject of instruction in this school, I have hitherto refrained from
doing so, owing to my utter inability to find sufficient ground for
preferring any one of the numerous systems now competing for public
approval, I could only decide upon one point, I should not choose

P . I therefore gladly availed myself of an opportunity of hearing

an exposition of the advantages of his system by Professor Fant Abbott.
The scholars were keenly interested, and a class was at once formed to
begin work. Next day the Professor gave them one hour's instruction,
the result being most gratifying. The symbols are as simple as they
are ingenious. At the end of the lesson they proved this by readily-
transcribing some lines of Kingsley's."

ROBT. R. GRAY,

Head Master.

" IT FAR EXCELS P ."



CHAPELTOWN ROAD,

LEEDS.
" Professor Abbott thoroughly explained and taught me his new

method of Shorthand in one hour. In my opinion it far excels P 's

or any other I know of in simplicity and efficiency. The alphabet is
most ingenious and simple, and the system is entirely free from the
confusing multiplicity of signs so common to other methods."

G. J. PRENTICE, B.A.,

Head Master.



UNIQUE IN ITS BREVITY.

DIOCESAN HIGH GIRLS' SCHOOL,

DERBY.

" Professor Abbott taught his system of Shorthand to my pupils
within the hour. I have much pleasure in stating that his system is
unique in its brevity, and to my mind appears to be quite as useful as
the older and longer methods now in use."

S. CONSTANTINE,

Principal,



SIMPLICITY SUCCESSFUL.

DERBY HOUSE,

THE PARK,

NOTTINGHAM.

" Miss Davis has much pleasure in testifying to the simplicity of
Professor Abbott's method of Shorthand. Professor Abbott is not only
successful in achieving his object, viz., teaching his shorthand in an
hour, but he interests his pupils in their work."



TESTIMONY OF DISTINGUISHED PHONETICIANS.

| To PROFESSOR ABBOTT,

{Par excellence*}

" Dear Sir, I have much pleasure in testifying to the merits of your
system of Shorthand. Having studied P -'s, I consider your idea of
arranging the signs alphabetically and the brevity and simplicity is par
excellence^ which should ensure the success your invention deserves."
Yours faithfully,

GEORGE J. MAY,

CREWE.

448514



EASY TO ACQUIRE.

GRAMMAR SCHOOL,

GRAN TIIAM.

" I have much pleasure in stating that my boys have taken up
Professor Abbott's ' Swiftograph ' system of Shorthand, and tha it is

found very easy to acquire, so much so that we shall discontinue P 's,

system at present in use in the school, and take to ' Swiftograph.' "

W. J. HUTCHINS, M.A.,

Head Master.



NO FEAR.

ILKLEY COLLEGE,

YORKSHIRE.

" I hereby certify that Professor Abbott has given a lecture on his
Shorthand method to my pupils. They very easily followed and readily
took up the ideas impressed upon them. The whole occupied about an
hour. I have no fear they will find this system a most useful adjunct
in any sphere in life although so quickly acquired."

WALTER J. KAYE, M.A.,

Principal.



MORE READILY ACQUIRED.

NANTWICH GRAMMAR SCHOOL,

CREWE.

" I have much pleasure in stating that Professor Abbott has given an
interesting lecture on ' Swiftograph ' Shorthand. After an hour's
tuition the scholars were able to transcribe sentences into long hand.
The system is more readily acquired than any other I know."

J. S. HIRST, B.A.,

Principal.



STRONG TESTIMONY.

SUMMERFIELD SCHOOL,

SHEFFIELD.

" Professor Abbott conducted a class of boys here in Shorthand. I
have pleasure in certifying that though some of the boys were very
young all were able to understand his method, and at the close of an
hour's lesson they were able to write by it ; but that they could write
at all, after so short a time, is a very strong testimony to the simplicity
of Professor Abbott's method ' Swiftograph.' "

HORACE E. HALL, M.A.,

Principal.



READ BACKWARDS After 60 Minutes' Tuition.

LEA ROAD,

WOLVERHAMPTON.

" Professor Abbott's method is wonderfully simple ; after an
hour's tuition and ten minutes' practise, a friend of mine wrote from
dictation, a passage, and then read it to me backwards, so as to show
me he thoroughly understood what he had written. After an hour's
tuition the system appears to me to be one very superior to P 's,
which I have tried and found so tiresome that I gave it up in disgust."

Yours truly,

JESSE TINTON.



THE OPINION OF 18 THEOLOGICAL STUDENTS.

HEADINGLEY WESLEYAN TRAINING COLLEGE,
LEEDS.

" We have much pleasure in stating that we have received a lecture
from Professor Abbott, in which he explained his new system of Short-
hand. In one hiiur we were able to grasp the whole system. As a
system it is shorter, simpler, and more easily used than any other"

(Signed,)
J. HERBERT RIDER, Secretary, WALLACE C. COOK, W. W.

HOLLINGS, J. S. CORLETT, E. BULMER, F. HALSTEAD, JAS. E.

DIXON, E. HERBERT BLOYD, HENRY T. LAZENBY, WILLIAM C.
PIGGOTT, B. J. K. COWLING, T. CLEVIE, R. E. BROWN, THOS.
HENRY WILKINSON, A. BARRACLOUGH, LEONARD ASHWORTH, J.

BUCKNALL LONGDEN, T. B. HlNDLEY. (Students.)



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