How much it may be examined, thought of, laughed over and commented on; and when you suppose it has long since been destroyed, it may be brought forth, placed in type, and published broadcast to millions of readers.
When, in after years, the letter you now write is given to the world, will there be a word, an expression, in the same that you would blush to see in print? It is unkind to the correspondent to fill the sheet with petty complainings, though there are occasions when the heart filled with grief may confide all its troubles and sorrows to the near friend, and receive in return a letter of sympathy and condolence, containing all the consolation it is possible for the written missive to convey.
To neglect to answer a letter, when written to, is as uncivil as to neglect to reply when spoken to.
In the reply, acknowledge first the receipt of the letter, mentioning its date, and afterwards consider all the points requiring attention.
Especially in the long letters of friendship and love – those missives that reveal the heart-the language should show that the heart is pure.
Let your letter be the record of the fancies and mood of the hour; the reflex of your aspirations, your joys, your disappointments; the faithful daguerreotype of your intellectuality and your moral worth.
We turn now to Professor Thomas Hill for a primer on the basic ins and outs of letter writing: You have thoughts that you wish to communicate to another through the medium of a letter. The rules for the mechanical execution of a letter are few ; understanding and observing the rules already considered for composition, the writer has only to study perfect naturalness of expression, to write a letter well.
The of writing will depend upon the terms of intimacy existing between the parties.
Kings and dignitaries applied the seal to ensure their letters were opened only by the intended recipient and to certify who had written it.
These days, they just look dang cool and give you a chance to play with fire.