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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.

    Still in the Shorterhand series, more office material. . . .

Shorterhand Skills for the Future, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, p 81, 87, and 92-93

Gentlemen:  We have noticed lately that there has been a shortage in several of the shipments that you delivered to us.  We are quite sure that the shortages occurred before the shipments reached us and it is, therefore, your responsibility to make sure that this does not occur again.
            We have generally found your delivery service to be reliable but we can no longer guarantee that we shall be able to continue using your service.  This would depend on whether or not you can correct the present shortages in deliveries.
            We should appreciate hearing from you further about this matter.  Very truly yours,

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Dear Sir:  We have had a wonderful opportunity to meet several people in the insurance business who seemed rather interested I the difficult problem of getting better buildings for this city.  As a matter of fact, I am writing to several of these people in the hope of having them make a thorough study of the problem so that we can make arrangements for financing new buildings in this city.  We think that you will find it an advantage to your company to join us in any talks we may arrange on the subject of new buildings.  Very truly yours,

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Gentlemen:  As the manufacturer of many of the products sold in your store, we wish to bring to your attention a very unusual opportunity to make greater profits.  We are now manufacturing a special pen which will have many advantages over all others in the field.  It will have many technical improvements that have never been put on the market before.  The pen can be sold for a dollar and it will bring a big profit to you.
            We have sent several samples of the pen to you.  You may keep these samples whether or not you order our pen.  We have confidence in your ability to see the pen because it satisfies the need for an inexpensive quality pen.  Yours truly,

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