your hand at transcribing document 9. You can use the interactive
transcribing exercise and the computer will give you a score.
Or if you prefer you can print out the document and work through
it yourself on paper. A full transcript is available for you
to check your own work.
This document is written in secretary
In this document you should watch out for:
- Flourishes on the ascenders and descenders
- Elaborate 'w's, even in the middle of words.
- The 'h's are quite loose when joined to a following letter,
but not so much that they become illegible.
- Remember that in secretary hand the lowercase 'c' looks exactly
like a modern day 'r'.
- If you transcribe interactively, please ignore any words on
the document which are crossed out.
- Text in the margin should be transcribed as if text in the
main body. For example, transcribe the margin text adjacent to line
1, and then continue to transcribe the remainder of line
The document contains a few common abbreviations with which you should
be familiar, such as 'm' with a line above it, showing that a letter has
been omitted, and the symbol which is used at the end of a word to replace
the plural or genitive and best expanded as 'es'.
Don't be put off by unfamiliar spellings, transcribe the letters which
are there, and say the word aloud if need be. Don't forget that you have
the Glossary and Alphabet to help you.