Excerpt from Isaac Pitman's Shorthand Instructor: A Complete Exposition of Isaac Pitman's System of Phonography
Although students, as a rule, experience no difficulty in understanding the method here set forth of writing by sound, it is desirable that they should have, at the... beginning of their study, an intelligent grasp of all that is conveyed by that term. Therefore, before the mastery of the first chapter is attempted, the Introduction which follows this Preface should be thoroughly understood.
The advantage of practical ability in the art of short hand writing is so universally acknowledged in the present day that it is unnecessary to emphasize it. It is obvious, however, that the value of shorthand, whether as a vehicle for private communication or for use 'in various ways in business or professional life, would be largely diminished if the same system - and that the best - were not employed. This important fact is now generally recognized; and statistics, the testimony of public men, and general observation, concur in demonstrating that the system which Sir Isaac Pitman invented is taught and used as the shorthand par excellence for all who speak the English language. Further and very significant evidence to the merits of his system is the fact that it has been adapted to no fewer than twenty foreign languages.
The Publishers take this Opportunity of tendering their sincere thanks to the large number of expert writers and teachers of Phonography who have offered valuable suggestions for the improvement of the present edition.
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