This section is from the book "Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: A Guide To Correct Writing", by Thos. E. Hill. Also available from Amazon: Hill's Manual Of Social And Business Forms: The How-To-Do-Everything Book Of Victorian America.
Br, as in brow.
Pr, as in prow.
Gr, as in grow. Cr, as in crow.
Dr, as in draw. Tr, as in try.
Vr, as in over. Fr, as in free.
Zhr, as in measure.
Shr, as in shred. Thr, as in other. Thr, as in three. Nr, as in owner.
Bl, as in blow.
Pl, as in plow. Gl, as in glow. Cl, as in clay.
Dl, as in meddle. Tl, as in settle.
VI, as in evil. Fl, as in fly.
Zhl, as in ambrosial. Shl, as in special. Nl, as in kennel.
Sp, as in spy. Sk, as in sky.
St, as in stay. Sf, as in sphere. Sm, as in smith.
Sn, as in snow. SI, as in slat.
Sw, as in sweet.
Bz, as in hubs. Ps, as in hopes.
also Gz, Ks, Dz, Ts, etc
Vz, as in loaves.
Fs, as in roofs.
Zz, as in mazes. Sz, as in masses.
also Thz, Ths, etc.
Mz, as in hems.
Nz, Ns, as in hens, hence. Ngz, as in brings.
Lz, Ls, as in owls, else. Rz, Rs, as in wars, horse. Wh, as in when.
These signs, it will be observed, are not new ones, but modifications of those already learned. They should be used only where no vowel sound occurs between the consonant sounds. A few examples will explain their use quite fully.
Blow, glow, meddle, evil, brow, upper, gray, meeker, draw, utter, over, free, measure, shred, other, owner, spy, stay, sphere, smith, snow, sleep, sweet, when, special, kennel.
Where the final consonant of a word is either s or z, preceded by a consonant, a circle is used for the s or z, thus :
Hope, hopes, lad, lads, owl, owls, war, wars. When preceded by a vowel, use the alphabetic form for s and z.
The circle is also used between two consonants, and is then written on the outside of the angle formed by the consonants - when both are straight lines, as
on the inside of the curve, where one is a curve and the other a straight line, as
and on the inside of both curves, when possible, as in
It is sometimes necessary to write the circle on the inside of one curve and outside of the other, as in
Of the, with it, it is, in such a way, I will be, I have.
The first inclined or perpendicular consonant sign should rest upon the line - the other signs following in their proper direction. Example:
Seek always to form a free, flowing, graceful outline. The most easily written forms are the most beautiful, and vice versa.
We have given, of this system, only a synopsis of the fully written Common Style, but sufficient, however, to explain the merits and principles of Tachygraphy. Those who wish to fit themselves for verbatim writing are referred to the work entitled, "The Note Taker. A Treatise on the Second Style of Lindsley's Brief Writing, for the use of Lawyers, Editors, Reporters, Students, and all persons desirous of taking full notes in Courts of Record, Professional Schools, Seminaries, and Public Assemblies." Published by the firm to which we have before alluded.
The following Extracts are from Pope's Essay on Man.
Pope's Essay on Man. - Second Epistle.