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In answering a letter, always attend to arry questions or inquiries for mformation, which may have been addressed to you by your correspon. dent, before you proceed vrith your own thoughts and information.
In all letters strive to make your meaning apparent in as small a compass, as possible ; people frequently occupy a page with that which might be comprised in six lines.
Avoid the introduction of too many quotations froin other authors, particularly those in a foreign language; it is a ridiculous affectation to write a Latin or French phrase when an English one would do just a well; it is as bad as talking in the technical language in one's business to a person who knows nothing about it.
Never use hard words unnecessarily; nor particular words or phrasen. too often : use as few parentheses as possible, it is a clumsy way of diso. posing of a sentence, and often embarrasses the reader.
Correct spelling and good grammar are so essential to fine writing, that the absence of them destroys the force of the best sentiments.
Nothing is more generally admired than handsome penmanship ; and although some physicians, lawyers and others may endeavor to excuse their bad writing by calling it unfashionable to write well and legiole depend upon it that it is an absurd and unreasonable practice.
If you write to a stranger, sign your name fairly and in full; and direct your letter, if it goes by mail, with precision as to state, caamaty and town.
From a young lad at a boarding-school in the country to his
brother, un apprentice in New-York. DEAR CHARLES,
Little master Billy Thompson is going to New-York tomorrow in the stage, and I have sent this by him to you. We are all well at school, and I have got as far as Ovid; I have likewise got through the rules of practice, of which I shall give you a better account when I come to town on the fourth of July. Dear brother, give my duty to papa
and mamma, and tell them I long to see them ; I pray for them and you every day; and I have read over the Complete Duty of Man, which my manima gave me. I spend an hour every day in reading Dr. Goldsmith's Roman History. Pray Charles, send me some books, for I am very fond of reading; and a neat red pocket book, and I shall do more for you when I leave school.
I am your loving brother.
The Brcther's Answer
I received your kind letter, and am glad to hear you are well, as al. so of the progress you make in learning. I read your letter to your papa and mamma, and they are much pleased with it. Bill Thompson dines at our house tomorrow, and he will bring you this. Your father has sent you three dollars ; and as you are so fond of books, I have sent you Rollin's Belles Lettres. Mr. Austin, our priest, says, that although all sorts of history are useful, yet he thinks you should begin with that of your own country; and he has sent you a present of Gor. dun's History of America. I have sent you the pocket book, and some other things, which you will find sealed up in the parcel. We all beg "at you will continue to persevere as you have begun, in an uniform sourse of virtic.
dear brother, gours affectionately
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