Past challenges

‘Travelling’ part II

Our #SolveItDickens challenge for September 2022 turns to the second part of the shorthand dictation exercise titled ‘Travelling’ from the notebooks of Dickens’s shorthand pupil, Arthur Stone, at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Figure 1: The second page of a shorthand dictation exercise titled ‘Travelling’.
Image © The Free Library of Philadelphia [ref: cdc5890009]

Use our ‘Resources’ to help you decipher the text and look out for repeat symbols and the longhand word in line 4. Remember that it is unlikely that you will be able to solve the whole text, but even one new symbol can be useful. Anyone who successfully describes a new symbol with be credited as its discoverer on our Roll of Honour.

Please complete the entry form and email us ( and your solutions by 3 October 2022. We will publish the results on 24 October 2022.

Entry forms

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