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How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)

A Complete Guide to Correct Business and Personal Correspondence

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Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,690 / 184 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.7
LoC Categories: AG, HF
Downloads: 13,217
Added to site: 2007.08.03 17815


The mechanical construction of a letter, whether social, friendly, or business, falls into six or seven parts. This arrangement has become established by the best custom. The divisions are as follows:

1. Heading 2. Inside address (Always used in business letters but omitted in social and friendly letters) 3. Salutation 4. Body 5. Complimentary close 6. Signature 7. Superscription


The heading of a letter contains the street address, city, state, and the date. The examples below will illustrate:

2018 Calumet Street or 1429 Eighth Avenue Chicago, Ill. New York, N.Y. May 12, 1921 March 8, 1922

[Illustration: In the business letterhead appear the name of the firm, its address, and the kind of business engaged in]

When the heading is typewritten or written by hand, it is placed at the top of the first letter sheet close to the right-hand margin. It should begin about in the center, that is, it should extend no farther to the left than the ce

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