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  1. jrkrideau says

    Well, I have had similar problems reading my own handwritten notes.

    And then there were the famous Pepys’ diaries that he wrote in code. Someone finally noticed it was shorthand.

  2. blf says

    jrkrideau@4, The thing that is hilarious about Pepys is the “key” to decipherment — Thomas Shelton’s “tachygraphy” — was right there all the time with Pepys other material, by design — Pepys had obviously made careful provision for the diaries to be deciphered and read after his death.

  3. jrkrideau says

    @ blf
    Thomas Shelton’s “tachygraphy” — was right there all the time with Pepys other material, by design

    That I had not realized! Unless Shelton’s “tachygraphy” was becoming really rare before , Pepys’ death’ he probably just thought that “anyone” would be able to read it. Given what he did for a living Shelton’s “tachygraphy” was probably just a handy everyday tool.

    I remember reading that G.B. Sham did much of his writing in Pittman though I have never confirmed it.