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    Clickable dictation at various speeds is available at the bottom of this page. The transcript of the dictation appears here as well.

    Hmm. Given the major error I just noticed from last month here at the top of the Transcribed section, I will assume no one reads this section. Ouch.

Shorterhand Skills for the Future, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, p 42, 48, 53, and 58
Speed Building Practice

Gentlemen:  We have been informed that it is your intention to make a display of your latest fashions in one of your stores in this city.  We would be delighted to see what you have to offer, even though we have never had an opportunity to make a purchase from you.
            If you plan to have the fashion display within the next few days, please let us know so that we can tell our fashion expert to be on hand.  We are especially interested in your line of spring dresses, for we have been complaining to our buyers that we do not seem to have many interesting styles.  Sincerely yours,

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Gentlemen:  During the past few weeks, it has become impossible to ship our orders on time even though we are working at capacity.  However, we expect to have your shipment out within three days so that it will reach you in time to display in your economy sale.
            If we can help you in any further way, we shall be glad to do so.  Please let us know how you like these goods when you receive them.  Cordially yours,

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Gentlemen:  We have found it difficult to move our stocks of your goods faster than we have in the past.  As a result, we have a large balance of goods on hand and we must inform you that it will be impossible for us to accept any more deliveries from you until further notice.  Please be good enough to inform your manufacturer that he should adjust his production so that he will not make more goods than he can sell.
            As soon as our sales improve and we can ascertain our future needs, we shall be glad to inform you so that you can begin shipments to us again.
            Thank you for your cooperation.  Very truly yours,

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Dear Sir:  Our organization is interested in opening a store in this town to sell house furnishings.  We are sure that there are many people who would be glad to have the convenience of our store in which to make their purchases.
            We are interested in obtaining the services of someone who is familiar with the furnishing needs of the people in this town.  Under these circumstances, we feel that you might know of someone who would be able to take the position we are offering.  If there are any members of your firm who are interested in doing this job after office hours, we should like to talk to them.
            Please let us know if you have anyone you wish to recommend.  Yours truly,

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