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    Once again, MORE Grammalogues from 1905 edition of Pitman's Shorthand. Grammalogues, for those who are not Pitman writers, are the common (and some, not so common!) words which are represented by a single stroke. In Pitman, one stroke may represent multiple letters. Just like last month, the language is a bit stilted in order to cram in as many grammalogues as possible so be careful. It's not great prose, either. Exercises like this were common with students devoting months (yes, MONTHS) of practice on them.

Shorthand Instructor, Pitman’s Shorthand, Isaac Pitman, 1905, p. 165-166

Exercise 80 (More Grammalogues)
          The General was of opinion that in our generation—during this year—there had been no true liberty to think as one would wish to deliver or use the mere language of truth or, in short, to do what thought and word signified.  But the Doctor had quite a different belief and was able to speak out according as he thought he ought.  Therefore, he did not wait nor think that he was under any care not to speak, happen what might.  He thanked the other for the opportunity; he was sure that we had not an equal but a larger liberty; yes, and that we generally use it well.  So, according to his opinion, the other did not remember or give half the importance he ought to, to an important particular.  Every nation, though not all equally, tried to do what was good for the young and the child was cared for as in no generation of which we have any account.  He remarked, too, that it was very significant that our young have the opportunity of improvement which it cannot but be a pleasure to think of, because by it we build or are building a great nation.  Through improvements which have come in use, we number our youths with those who themselves are given this advantage; in itself a most important thing for our youth.  If so much as been done though in a different way,  we should specially glory in or have glorified, the Doctor thought we should see it is a true wish for more light so that this generation might generally be remembered for the good done in it beyond, out of, and above another, until it, in short, was not equaled or improved on by any other.
          As for the liberty to speak as one would wish, he believed that usually no meeting of gentlemen would believe it to be all difficult when they met to signify their opinion on any principle of importance or on Christianity or religion generally in language of awe that a gentleman may or should apply.
          Mr. B. was in the chair at the large meeting a short while ago and himself delivered a very happy remark on trade and on gold, the nature of which must have weight with any or all who would see the trade of his or their own nation improve over that of any other, to the general advantage. 

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