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A longhand title in English reads 'Sydney Smith', followed by a line of Brachygraphy symbols.
The title and first line of a shorthand dictation exercise titled 'Sydney Smith' by a practiced shorthand writer.

A longhand title in English reads 'Sydney Smith', followed by a line of Brachygraphy symbols.
The title and first line of a shorthand dictation exercise titled 'Sydney Smith' by someone less experienced with the Brachygraphy system.

Seven lines of Brachygraphy shorthand characters written in pencil fill the top half of a notebook page. A horizontal line, running from left to right, follows, underneath which are nine lines of Brachygraphy shorthand characters. The shorthand on the top half of the page is the third part of 'Sydney Smith' version B. The shorthand on the bottom half of the page is part of an untitled exercise about hereditary privilege. In the top right the number five indicates the page number.
The top half of the page features the third and final part of a shorthand dictation exercise titled 'Sydney Smith' by a practiced shorthand writer. The exercise is dictated from ‘Lecture IX: On the Conduct of the Understanding’ by the philosopher…

Eighteen lines of Brachygraphy shorthand characters written in pencil fill a notebook page. In the top right the number three indicates the page number.
The second page of a shorthand dictation exercise titled 'Sydney Smith' by a practiced shorthand writer. The exercise is dictated from ‘Lecture IX: On the Conduct of the Understanding’ by the philosopher Sydney Smith.

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A shorthand dictation exercise titled 'Sydney Smith' by a practiced shorthand writer. The exercise is dictated from ‘Lecture IX: On the Conduct of the Understanding’ by the philosopher Sydney Smith.

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A shorthand dictation exercise titled 'Sydney Smith' by someone less experienced with the Brachygraphy system. The exercise is dictated from ‘Lecture IX: On the Conduct of the Understanding’ by the philosopher Sydney Smith.

A mounted piece of paper slightly worn around the edges. There are seven and a half lines of handwriting in ink and a signature to the right at the bottom.
Arthur Stone's preface to the notebooks kept from the time when he was Charles Dickens's shorthand pupil

Fourteen lines of Brachygraphy shorthand characters written in pencil fill three quarters of a notebook page.
The second and final part of a critique of hereditary privilege, written in shorthand

Seven lines of Brachygraphy shorthand characters written in pencil fill the top half of a notebook page. A horizontal line, running from left to right, follows, underneath which are nine lines of Brachygraphy shorthand characters. The figure 10000£ is written as a figure amongst the other characters. The shorthand on the top half of the page is the third part of 'Sydney Smith' version B. The shorthand on the bottom half of the page is part of an untitled exercise about hereditary privilege. In the top right the number five indicates the page number.
The bottom half of the page features the first part of a critique of hereditary privilege, written in shorthand. The top half features the third and final part of 'Sydney Smith' version B.

Sixteen lines of Brachygraphy shorthand characters written in pencil fill the page of a notebook. At the top is a longhand title, which reads 'Sunday Night Fifth February 1860', with the word 'Fifth' partially crossed through. In the top right corner is the number one, indicating a page number. In the middle of the page, a vertical line runs from top to bottom. The symbols are not arranged in relation to this line, perhaps suggesting that it was added later.
A shorthand dictation exercise based upon 'Lecture XIV, On the Beautiful – Part II', by the philosopher Sydney Smith. Smith's lecture begins with a quotation from another lecture by Sir Joshua Reynolds entitled Seven Discourses Delivered in the Royal…
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