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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.

    More "real" text from Pitman, the Shorterhand people who produced the book these paragraphs came from.

Shorterhand Skills for the Future, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, p 86-87, 92, and 98

Theory Practice

          They have apparently been assured that the error in the date of delivery was due to a misunderstanding and that the shipment will be in transit soon.  They should now be informed of the need for making arrangements for the proper handling of the shipment after its arrival.  We suggest that you determine the date of the actual arrival of the shipment by writing to the express company for the information.
          In order to avoid this situation in the future, we would recommend that you determine by a thorough check of your stock the correct number of items needed currently, especially those items that may be scarce.

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          We had intended making an initial survey of the technical problems related to the job before we submitted any estimate of the cost of installing the new system.  However, we have confidence in the ability of our engineers to do the job under present conditions and we are going to urge that our company go ahead with the job.
          We should also like to tell you that you did a very neat and accurate job on your report of last month.  It should be gratifying for you to know that as a result of this report, we hope to get this extra contract.

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          I realize that we must expect to pay a premium for the shipment and storage of goods that are heavier than the standard weight but I still object to a change in our previous rates because of this one shipment.
          When we agreed to place our garments in your storage building, we did not expect to be subjected to this hazard.  We shall pay any additional charges which may be required on this shipment but we shall expect no change in the rates on our regular shipment during the next few months.

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