A First Manual Of Composition; Designed For Use In The Highest Grammar Grade And The Lower High…

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byEdwin Herbert Lewis

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI LETTER-WRITING AS A FORM OF COMPOSITION EXERCISE 146. (Oral.) To note the rules ol clearness and courtesy in letter-writing.--There are two general classes of letters: informal or personal, and formal or impersonal. Each kind is governed by the general principles of clearness and courtesy. Mischief is sure to follow if either of these principles is disregarded. A writer may indulge in extravagance of statement when he writes for the public, and "there is no harm done, for the speaker is one and the listener is another."1 But it is quite a different matter when one is making business promises, or trying to pacify a distant friend with whom there is a misunderstanding. A shrewd politician knows enough not to write too many letters, and not to write anything that he cannot stand by. A woman of tact knows that the success of some 1 The Turkish Cadi to the English Traveller. James, Psychology, II. 640. social plan may turn upon the choice of a single word in the leave-taking of a note. Business Letters.--These are formal, impersonal. A good business letter is (1) clear, (2) courteous, (3) brief. It shows unmistakably (a) who is writing, (i) where, (c) when, (d) to whom. It is definite in its language, so that no inquiry need be made as to any part of its meaning. It observes the best conventions of address and signature. It refrains from brusque remarks, even in reply to a rude letter. It is appreciative. A good business man always takes into account that a handful of trade is a handful of gold; if he is favored with orders, he goes to the trouble of thanking his customers. It does not curtly abbreviate sentences and signatures. Life is not so short but that we may avoid penning such insults as this: "Y'rs rec'd and contents noted. Have ordered Jones ...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1899 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VI LETTER-WRITING AS A FORM OF COMPOSITION EXERCISE 146. (Oral.) To note the rules ol clearness and courtesy in letter-w...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:50 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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