Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Daniel Humphreys, 28 September 1820

Monticello Sep. 28. 20.

I thank you, Sir, for your MS. on stenography. past the use of such things at present, I have nevertheless paid attention to the principles of your plan, and think them well judged. the adaptation of elementary marks to elementary sounds and the omission of useless letters form a solid basis on which whatever is further wanting may be erected with a little practice. accident threw Shelton’s tachygraphy into my way when young, and I practised it thro’ life. altho it had serious defects, I have not looked into any other with fewer. the simplicity of yours admits I think of improvement which may render it preferable to any other. I pray you to accept my respectful salutations.

Th: Jefferson

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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