- Whatever the long term future of the Royal Mail following its sale , will the art of letter writing disappear?
|Back in the day snail mail was weighed in Imperial units Oz !|
"a letter should be written in the same manner as a dialogue".
"Those that are too long, not to mention too inflated in style, are not in any true sense letters at all but treatises."
"A letter's aim is to express friendship briefly and set out a simple subject in simple terms. The man who utters sententious maxims and exhortations seems to be no longer chatting in a letter but preaching from the pulpit."
"the uneducated are immediately cultivated, the stutterers are immediately eloquent,
the dull-witted are immediately enlightened,
the twisted are immediately made straight".
"I would with all my heart transfer it to another hand to add those long harangues, offers, and prayers that we place at the bottom, and should be glad that some new custom would discharge us of that trouble"
"It is a very great incivilitie not to answer all the letters we do receive, except they come from our servants or very mean persons."
"This is more generally the fault of young people, and arises chiefly from thoughtless selfishness. Their thoughts and their time are engrossed with their own pleasures and pursuits. It is more amusing and interesting to write to young people of their own age than to write duty letters to parents and relatives."
"Do these terrible people not write at all? "
"Sir, I learn with pleasure that you have been admitted to the bar and have established yourself in private chambers. Please accept the accompanying bicycle as a slight token of my wishes for your future success."
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