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Weston, James (1688?–1748?), stenographer, hailed from Edinburgh; nothing is known of his parentage or early life. He was probably employed taking shorthand at trials in London in the 1710s. Established as a shorthand 'professor' by 1722, he claimed to have taught more than 200 pupils by mid-1724, many by post, waging that no Westonian writer could be matched for speed. He courted publicity through a protracted and costly advertising campaign puffing his services and ...