Roll of Honour

Breakthroughs in deciphering Charles Dickens’s cryptic shorthand writing are made thanks to the hard work of our Dickens Decoders: members of the public who have puzzled over the shorthand script and come up with potential solutions.

The Roll of Honour pays tributes to their efforts, identifying the first person to crack a particular shorthand symbol.

First transcribers of new symbols in the Tavistock letter

Word or phraseTranscriber(s)
announcingShane Baggs, Ken Cox
appealShane Baggs, Charlotte, Ken Cox, Clarissa Parkinson (BA Hons Open), Fiona Randell
ascensionShane Baggs
contentsShane Baggs
convincedCharlotte, Ken Cox
courtShane Baggs, Ken Cox, James Mulliss, Fiona Randell
daysD.P.J.A Scheers
himselfShane Baggs, Ken Cox, D.P.J.A Scheers
Household WordsShane Baggs, Ken Cox, L. P. Wist
openShane Baggs, Ken Cox, Vita Minichiello, James Mulliss, Fiona Randell, D.P.J.A Scheers
personShane Baggs
plainShane Baggs
reasonShane Baggs, Ken Cox
sentShane Baggs, Ken Cox
simpleShane Baggs
takenShane Baggs, Ken Cox
truthShane Baggs, Ken Cox
unfairKen Cox
untrueKen Cox
usualShane Baggs, Ken Cox, Clarissa Parkinson (BA Hons Open)
weekShane Baggs, Ken Cox
yearShane Baggs, Charlotte, D.P.J.A Scheers

First transcribers of new symbols in ‘Nelson’ part I, from the notebooks of Dickens’s shorthand pupil Arthur Stone

Word or phraseTranscriber(s)
admiralJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
alternativeElizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Amy D
apartJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Lucy Kwok, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
betterJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Ken Cox, Tony Richards
carryingDaniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Ken Cox, Frances T
connectedJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
conspicuousJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
courtlyJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T
cowardlyJenn Fallon, Frances T
cruelJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Amy D
customJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Lucy Kwok, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
deathJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Lucy Kwok, Elizabeth Agnew, L. P. Wist, Ken Cox, Frances T, Vita Minichiello, Tony Richards, Amy D
decorationsJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Ken Cox, Frances T, Amy D
dressingJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
dyingJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
emphaticallyJenn Fallon, Ken Cox, Frances T, Amy D
enemyDaniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Frances T, Tony Richards
eventsDaniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
exposesJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards
fleetJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
fortuneDaniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, EA, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
FrenchJenn Fallon, Ken Cox, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
fullJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
goldJenn Fallon, Elizabeth Agnew, L. P. Wist, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
hazardsKen Cox
historyDaniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
interestingJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
knowsElizabeth Agnew, KC, Daniel Viehmann, Amy D
laceAlexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
meanestJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Ken Cox, Frances T
necessarilyJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
newJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards
observationJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Ken Cox, Frances T
officersFrances T, Amy D
opposedDaniel Viehmann, Ken Cox, Frances T, Amy D
ordersJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards
particularlyKen Cox, Amy D
persistsJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards
pictureKen Cox
realJenn Fallon, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
representationsJenn Fallon, Alexander Minto, Ken Cox, Frances T
representedJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
rifleDaniel Viehmann, Ken Cox, Frances T
riflemenDaniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
safetyAlexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards
shipsJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D, Clarissa Parkinson
shotJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
silkDaniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
soughtKen Cox, Amy D
stockingsDaniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
theseJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T
thusJenn Fallon, Frances T, Amy D
topsDaniel Viehmann, Elizabeth Agnew, Ken Cox, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
uniformJenn Fallon, Daniel Viehmann, Alexander Minto, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Tony Richards, Amy D
useKen Cox, Frances T, Amy D
warnedJenn Fallon, Ken Cox, Frances T, Amy D

First transcribers of new symbols in ‘Nelson’ part II, from the notebooks of Dickens’s shorthand pupil Arthur Stone

Word or phraseTranscriber(s)
quarterAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
boardAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, D. Viehmann, L. P. Wist, Lucy Kwok, Frances T, Ken Cox
standingAmy D, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
poopAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
wheelD. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
midshipmanAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
hidingAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, Frances T
maintopAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
lashedAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
yardJenn Fallon, Frances T
armAmy D, Jenn Fallon, Frances T
firedAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
duringAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
remainderAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
progressAmy D, Frances T
fightAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, Frances T, Ken Cox
watchAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, Frances T, Ken Cox
emergingAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
concealmentAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
riggingAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
sailAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
criesAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
fallsAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
shotAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
mouthAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
firesAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
hitAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
soonAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
battleAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
climbsAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
enoughAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
lyingAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
deadAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
ballAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
belongingElizabeth Agnew, Frances T
delicacyAmy D, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Lynda Chater, Ken Cox
bodyAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T
conveyedAmy D, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
caskAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Lucy Kwok, Frances T, Ken Cox
rumAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
reallyAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T
choiceAmy D, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T
offeredAmy D, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Lucy Kwok, Frances T, Ken Cox
marketJenn Fallon, Ken Cox
calledAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Lucy Kwok, Frances T, Ken Cox
easierAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, Frances T
transmitAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Lucy Kwok, Frances T, Ken Cox
weaknessesFrances T
grimnessElizabeth Agnew
men’sAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
bodiesAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, Frances T
soulsAmy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox
fictionAmy D, Jenn Fallon, D. Viehmann, Frances T, Ken Cox

First transcribers of new symbols in ‘The Two Brothers’ part I, from the notebooks of Dickens’s shorthand pupil Arthur Stone

Word or phraseTranscriber(s)
composedJames Mulliss
figureLudovico Carta, Frances T
paleElizabeth Agnew, Frances T
partedElizabeth Agnew, Ludovico Carta, Frances T
readElizabeth Agnew, James Mulliss, Clarissa Parkinson, Frances T, L. P. Wist
reposedClarissa Parkinson
housekeeperTU

First transcribers of new symbols in ‘The Two Brothers’ part II, from the notebooks of Dickens’s shorthand pupil Arthur Stone

turnedShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
wentShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
immediateClarissa Parkinson, Ken Cox
mindFrances T
illShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
fullnessD.V., Frances T
bloodShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
regionShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, D.V., Lynda Chater, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
brainShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
bledShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
putShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
gownShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, L. P. Wist, Ken Cox
callShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
servantShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
soundShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
carriageShane Baggs, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
streetShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
stoppedShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
openingShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
windowShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
askingShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
answeredShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
messengerShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
supposedShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, D.V., Lynda Chater, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
courseShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, D.V., Lynda Chater, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
accompaniedShane Baggs, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
severalShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
sightShane Baggs, D.V., Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
roseShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, D.V., Lynda Chater, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
JohnShane Baggs, D.V., Frances T, Ken Cox
tonightShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
fellShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
pillowShane Baggs, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox
neverShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, L. P. Wist, Ken Cox
anotherShane Baggs, Jenn Fallon, Clarissa Parkinson, D.V., Lynda Chater, Amy D, Elizabeth Agnew, Frances T, Ken Cox