The New Century Standard Letter-Writer
Business, Family and Social Correspondence, Love-Letters, Etiquette, Synonyms, Legal Forms, etc.
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The New Century Standard Letter-Writer Business, Family and Social Correspondence, Love-Letters, Etiquette, Synonyms, Legal Forms, etc.

By Alfred B. Chambers
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  • NEW CENTURY STANDARD LETTER-WRITER
    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    • PART I BUSINESS INTERCOURSE
      • CHAPTER I COMMERCIAL CORRESPONDENCE
        • A. INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
        • B. EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYE
        • C. BUYING, SELLING AND SHIPPING GOODS
        • D. CREDITS AND BUSINESS REFERENCES
        • E. ACCOUNTS AND PAYMENTS
        • F. BUSINESS NOTICES
      • CHAPTER II SEMI-PRIVATE BUSINESS
        • 74. From a Gentleman of Leisure to his Bank.
        • 75. From a Lady to her Bank.
        • 76. From a Tenant to his Landlord, concerning Repairs.
        • 77. Answer to the Above.
        • 78. From a Tenant to his Landlord, Complaining of Neglect.
        • 79. Answer to the Above.
        • 80. From a Lady to a Firm of Real Estate Agents, Making an Offer for a Furnished House.
        • 81. From a Lady to a Firm of Real Estate Agents, Asking Them to put a House on Their Lists.
        • 82. From a Lady to a Real Estate Agent Asking for a List of Houses for Rent.
        • 83. To a Real Estate Firm Asking Information About a Farm.
        • 84. From a Gentleman to House Decorators, Asking for an Estimate.
        • 85. From a Gentleman to a Firm of House Decorators, Asking for Time to Settle His Account.
        • 86. From a Gentleman to a Firm of Publishers, Enclosing Subscription.
        • 87. To the Baggage Master of a R. R. Depot, Concerning Lost Baggage.
        • 88. From a Lady to a Dressmaker, Complaining of Extravagant Charges.
        • 89. From a Lady to a Dressmaker Postponing the Settlement of an Account.
        • 90. From a Gentleman to His Tailor.
        • 91. Applying for a Situation as Teacher.
        • 92. Recommending a Teacher.
        • 93. From a Lady to Her Lawyer Concerning a Claim Against Her.
        • 94. From a Lady to a Lawyer Concerning a Bill of Costs.
      • CHAPTER III PRIVATE BUSINESS
        • 95. Asking a Friend to Make a Purchase for the Writer.
        • 96. From a Lady Asking a Friend to Visit Furnished Houses for Rent.
        • 97. From a Lady to a Friend, Asking Her to Engage Rooms at the Sea-shore.
        • 98. From a Lady to a Lawyer Requesting His Immediate Attendance upon Her Father.
        • 99. From a Lady to a Medical Man, Requesting His Immediate Attendance.
        • 100. From a Lady to a Medical Man, Asking for His Account.
        • 101. To a Gentleman Concerning a Note the Writer has Indorsed for Him.
        • 102. Requesting a Loan from a Friend.
        • 103. Answer to the Above.
        • 104. Asking a Relative for a Temporary Loan.
        • 105. From a Lady to Another Concerning a Furnished Country House.
        • 106. Answer to the Above.
        • 107. From a Young Lady Desirous of Securing Farm-House Board.
        • 108. Answer to the Above.
        • 109. From a Lady Desirous of Placing a Sick Child at a Farm House.
        • 110. Answer to the Above.
        • 111. From a Lady to a Teacher of Music.
        • 112. Answer to the Above.
        • 113. To an Artist Concerning a Portrait.
        • 114. From a Lady Asking Private Reformation about a School.
        • 115. Answer to the Above.
    • PART II FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE
      • CHAPTER I INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
      • CHAPTER II BETWEEN PARENTS AND CHILDREN
        • 116. To a Son Entering Business.
        • 117. From a Son to his Father Offering to Leave College.
        • 118. Answer to the Above.
        • 119. To a Mother from Her Daughter after First Day in College.
        • 120. Answer to the Above.
        • 121. From a Son to His Father, Excusing His Extravagance.
        • 122. From a Mother to Her Daughter on Her Birthday.
        • 123. From a Son to His Father, Expressing Dislike of His Present Occupation.
        • 124. From a Little Boy at Home to His Papa.
        • 125. From a Little Boy to His Grandfather.
        • 126. From a Little Boy to His Uncle.
        • 127. From a Little Boy at School to His Sister.
        • 128. From a Little Girl at School to Her Mamma.
        • 129. From a Little Girl at Home to Her Absent Mother.
        • 130. From a Little Girl on a Visit, to Her Mamma at Home.
        • 131. From a Little Girl to Her Grandmamma.
        • 132. From a Little Girl to Her Brother at School.
      • CHAPTER III TO AND FROM RELATIVES, GUARDIANS, ETC.
        • 133. From a Mother-in-Law to a Son-in-Law.
        • 134. From a Mother-in-Law to a Daughter-in-Law.
        • 135. From a Daughter-in-Law to a Mother-in-Law.
        • 136. From a Daughter-in-Law to a Father-in-Law.
        • 137. From a Sister-in-Law to a Brother-in-Law.
        • 138. From a Brother to a Married Sister Asking for Her Husband's Influence.
        • 139. From a Sister to an Elder Brother, about a Temporary Loan.
        • 140. From a Niece to an Aunt.
        • 141. To a Cousin, Wishing a Merry Christmas.
        • 142. From a Ward to His Guardian, Asking for an Increased Allowance.
        • 143. Answer to the Above.
      • CHAPTER IV TO, FROM AND ABOUT GOVERNESSES, CHAPERONS, COMPANIONS, HOUSEKEEPERS, ETC.
        • 144. From a Governess Applying for a Position.
        • 145. Asking a Lady Concerning an Applicant for the Position of Governess.
        • 146. Recommending a Governess.
        • 147. Answering an Advertisement for a Chaperon.
        • 148. Answering an Advertisement for a Companion.
        • 149. Replying to an Advertisement for a Housekeeper.
      • CHAPTER V SERVANTS
        • 150. From a Housemaid Applying for a Situation.
        • 151. From a Housemaid Accepting a Situation.
        • 152. From a Housemaid Excusing Herself for not Taking a Situation.
        • 153. Asking for Information Concerning a Maid.
        • 154. Answer to the Above.
        • 155. Asking for Information Concerning a Cook.
        • 156. Answer to the Above.
        • 157. Asking for Information Concerning a Butler.
        • 158. Answer to the Above.
        • 159. From a Cook Asking a Lady to Recommend Her.
        • 160. From a Nurse to Her Mistress Absent from Home.
        • 161. Marriage Proposal from a Butler to a Cook.
        • 162. Answer to the Above.
    • PART III LOVE AND MARRIAGE
      • CHAPTER I PROPOSALS, ACCEPTANCES, REFUSALS
        • 163. From a Gentleman to a Young Lady Friend of His about a Misunderstanding.
        • 164. Answer to the Above (Kindly).
        • 165. Answer to No. 163 (Conciliatory).
        • 166. Answer to No. 163 (Chilly).
        • 167. From a Gentleman to a Young Lady Asking the Privilege of a Correspondence.
        • 168. Answer to the Above.
        • 169. From a Gentleman Asking Permission of a Lady to Address Her by Her Christian Name.
        • 170. Answer to the Above.
        • 171. From a Gentleman Asking a Lady for an Interview.
        • 173. From a Gentleman to a Young Lady, Proposing Marriage.
        • 174. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 175. Answer to No. 173 (Unfavorable).
        • 176. Marriage Proposal to a Lady to whom the Writer has never been Introduced.
        • 177. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 178. Answer to No. 176 (Unfavorable).
        • 179. Marriage Proposal to a Young Lady Unaware of the Writer's Intentions.
        • 180. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 181. Answer to No. 179 (Unfavorable).
        • 182. Marriage Proposal from a Gentleman to a Lady to whom he has paid Marked Attentions.
        • 183. Answer to the Above.
        • 184. Marriage Proposal from a Gentleman of Small Means.
        • 185. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 186. Answer to No. 184 (Unfavorable).
        • 187. Marriage Proposal from a Middle-aged Gentleman to a Young Lady.
        • 188. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 189. Answer to No. 187 (Unfavorable).
        • 190. Marriage Proposal from a Widower to a Widow.
        • 191. Answer to the Above.
        • 192. Marriage Proposal to a Wealthy Widow.
        • 193. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 194. Answer to No. 192 (Unfavorable).
        • 195. Marriage Proposal from a Widower to a Young Lady.
        • 196. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 197. Answer to No. 195 (Unfavorable).
        • 198. Marriage Proposal to a Young Lady, from a Widower with Grown-up Daughters.
        • 199. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 200. Answer to the Above (Unfavorable).
        • 201. Marriage Proposal to an Heiress.
        • 202. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 203. Answer to No. 201 (Unfavorable).
      • CHAPTER II TO AND FROM PARENTS, GUARDIANS, FRIENDS, ETC., IN REFERENCE TO MARRIAGE MATTERS
        • 204. Asking a Father for His Daughter's Hand.
        • 205. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 206. Answer to No. 204 (Unfavorable).
        • 207. Another Request to a Father for His Daughter's Hand.
        • 208. Answer to the Above.
        • 209. Asking a Father for His Approval of the Writer's Engagement with His Daughter.
        • 210. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 211. Answer to No. 209 (Unfavorable).
        • 212. From a Gentleman, asking for His Father's Approval to His Recent Engagement.
        • 213. Answer to the Above.
        • 214. From a Young Lady to Her Guardian, asking for His Approval of Her Recent Engagement.
        • 215. Answer to the Above.
        • 216. From a Father to a Gentleman who has paid Marked Attentions to His Daughter Requesting to Know His Intentions.
        • 217. Answer to the Above.
        • 218. From a Father to a Gentleman, forbidding Him to Pay any further Attentions to His Daughter.
        • 219. Answer to the Above.
        • 220. From the Father of a Young Lady to the Father of a Young Gentleman, disapproving of the latter's Attentions to Writer's Daughter.
        • 221. From a Mother Announcing her Daughter's Engagement.
        • 222. Answer to the Above.
        • 223. From a Young Lady to a Girl Friend, Announcing Her Engagement.
        • 224. From a Young Lady, Congratulating a Girl Friend on Her Engagement.
        • 225. From a Gentleman Announcing His Engagement.
        • 226. To a Young Lady, from the Mother of Her Fiancé.
        • 227. Answer to the Above.
        • 228. From a Gentleman Congratulating a Friend on His Coming Marriage.
        • 229. From a Fiancée Asking a Young Lady to be Her Bridesmaid.
      • CHAPTER III BETWEEN ENGAGED PEOPLE
        • 230. To a Lady on Being First Accepted.
        • 231. To a Lady to Whom the Writer Has Become Recently Engaged.
        • 232. From a Gentleman to His Fiancée asking Her to Accept a Present.
        • 233. Answer to the Above.
        • 234. To a Gentleman to Whom the Writer Has Just Become Engaged.
        • 235. From a Gentleman to His Fiancée.
        • 236. Answer to the Above.
        • 237. Another Letter from a Gentleman to His Fiancée.
        • 238. Answer to the Above.
        • 239. To a Lady to Whom the Writer is Engaged, Asking Her to Name the Day.
        • 240. Answer to the Above (Favorable).
        • 241. Answer to the Above (Unfavorable).
        • 242. From a Lady to Her Fiancé, Asking Him to Consent to the Postponement of their Marriage.
        • 243. From a Gentleman to his Fiancée, Complaining of Her Coldness.
        • 244. From a Lady to Her Fiancé, Complaining of His Indifference.
        • 245. From a Lady to Her Fiancé of Whom She is Jealous.
        • 246. Answer to the Above (Protesting).
        • 247. Answer to No. 245 (Conciliating).
        • 248. From a Gentleman to His Fiancée Acknowledging His Jealousy.
        • 249. From a Gentleman to His Fiancée Apologizing for His Unwarranted Jealousy.
        • 250. From a Young Lady to Her Fiancé Apologizing for Her Unfounded Jealousy.
        • 251. From the Mother of a Young Lady to Her Daughter's Fiancé, Concerning a Quarrel Between the Lovers.
      • CHAPTER IV BREAKING OFF ENGAGEMENTS
        • 252. From a Gentleman to His Fiancée Asking Her to put an End to Their Engagement.
        • 253. From a Young Lady to Her Fiancé Putting an end to Their Engagement.
        • 254. Answer to the Above.
        • 255. From a Lady to Her Fiancé Breaking off Their Engagement on Account of His Coldness.
        • 256. From a Lady to Her Fiancé Breaking off Their Engagement on Account of a Change in Her Feelings toward Him.
        • 257. From a Gentleman to His Fiancée Offering to Release Her from Their Engagement.
        • 258. Answer to the Above.
        • 259. From a Mother to Her Daughter's Fiancé Breaking off the Engagement.
        • 260. From a Father to His Daughter's Fiancé Breaking off the Engagement.
    • PART IV SOCIAL INTERCOURSE
      • CHAPTER I INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
      • CHAPTER II REQUESTING OR GRANTING INTRODUCTIONS, FAVORS, ETC.
        • 261. From a Gentleman to the American Minister at Foreign Court, Requesting a Presentation.
        • 262. Answer to the Above.
        • 263. A General Letter of Introduction.
        • 264. From a Lady Asking for a Letter of Introduction.
        • 265. Asking a Lady to call on a Person Who is a Stranger to Her.
        • 266. From a Lady Asking for Letters of Introduction.
        • 267. From a Lady Introducing a Young Married Couple to a Friend.
        • 268. From a Father Introducing His Son to a Minister.
        • 269. From a Lady Introducing a Friend to an old School Mate.
        • 270. From a Gentleman Introducing a College Chum to a Sister.
        • 271. From a Lady Asking for a Subscription to some Charity.
        • 272. From a Young Lady to a Girl Friend Asking for Her Photograph.
        • 273. Answer to the Above.
        • 274. Asking a Gentleman to be Godfather.
        • 275. Answer to the Above.
        • 276. Asking a Lady to be Godmother.
        • 277. Unfavorable Answer to the Above.
        • 278. To a Lady, After a First Visit to Her Country Home.
        • 279. From a Gentleman to His Pastor, asking Him to Visit His Sick Mother.
        • 280. From a Gentleman to a Minister, Requesting His Immediate Presence.
        • 281. To a Minister Respecting an Application for Assistance.
        • 282. From a Lady to Her Pastor, Concerning a School Treat.
        • 283. To a Young Lady, Presenting Her with Flowers.
        • 284. From a Gentleman to a Lady Sending Her a Song.
        • 285. Answer to the Above.
        • 286. From an Elderly Gentleman to a Young Lady, Offering Her a Birthday Present.
        • 287. Answer to the Above.
        • 288. From a Gentleman to a Lady, Enclosing Tickets to an Entertainment.
        • 289. Answer to the Above (Acceptance).
        • 290. Answer to No. 288 (Regrets).
        • 291. To an Invalid, from a Stranger, Offering Her Fruit and Flowers.
        • 292. Answer to the Above.
        • 293. Asking for an Invitation to a Ball for a Friend.
        • 294. Unfavorable Answer to the Above.
        • 295. From a Lady asking for an Invitation to a Dancing Party for a Gentleman.
        • 296. Asking for an Invitation to Amateur Theatricals for Visiting Friends.
      • CHAPTER III CONGRATULATIONS,[1] CONDOLENCES, RESIGNATIONS, ETC.
        • 297. From a Lady Addressing Birthday Congratulations to a Friend.
        • 298. Condoling with a Friend about His Failure in Business.
        • 299. Informing a Wife of the Illness of Her Husband.
        • 300. Informing a Gentleman of the Illness of His Wife.
        • 301. Informing a Married Daughter of the Illness of Her Mother.
        • 302. Inquiring after the Health of a Lady's Husband.
        • 303. Indirectly Inquiring after the Health of an Invalid.
        • 304. Sympathizing with a Confirmed Invalid.
        • 305. From a Daughter, Announcing the Death of Her Mother.
        • 306. To a Brother-in-Law, Announcing the Death of the Writer's Husband.
        • 307. Condoling with a Lady on the Death of Her Husband.
        • 308. Answer to the Above.
        • 309. Condoling with a Gentleman on the Death of His Wife.
        • 310. Answer to the Above.
        • 311. Condoling with a Lady on the Death of Her Brother.
        • 312. Answer to the Above.
        • 313. Condoling with a Young Lady on the Death of Her Mother.
        • 314. Condoling with a Friend on the Loss of Her Child.
        • 315. Condoling with a Lady on the Death of a Friend.
        • 316. Answer to the Above.
        • 317. Asking a Friend to Attend a Funeral.
        • 318. To a Lady, Offering to Attend the Funeral of Her Husband.
        • 319. Asking a Relative to attend a Funeral.
        • 320. To a Relative, Offering to attend a Funeral.
      • Footnotes:
      • CHAPTER IV INVITATIONS AND REGRETS
        • 321. Inviting a Married Couple to a Formal Dinner.
        • 322. Answer to the Above (Acceptance).
        • 323. Answer to No. 321 (Regrets).
        • 324. Inviting a Married Couple to an Informal Dinner.
        • 325. Answer to the Above (Acceptance).
        • 326. Answer to No. 324 (Regrets).
        • 327. Inviting a Gentleman to a Formal Dinner.
        • 328. Inviting a Gentleman to an Informal Dinner.
        • 329. Answer to the Above (Acceptance).
        • 330. Answer to No. 328 (Regrets).
        • 331. Inviting a Lady to a Luncheon.
        • 332. Answer to the Above (Acceptance).
        • 333. Answer to No. 331 (Regrets).
        • 334. Inviting a Gentleman to a Luncheon.
        • 335. Answer to the Above (Acceptance).
        • 336. Answer to No. 334 (Regrets).
        • 337. Asking a Young Lady to Sing at an Afternoon Tea.
        • 338. Answer to the Above.
        • 339. Inviting a Lady to a Formal Afternoon Tea.
        • 340. Answer to the Above.
        • 341. Inviting a Lady to an Informal Afternoon Tea.
        • 342. Asking a Gentleman to Recite at an Afternoon Tea.
        • 343. Inviting a Lady to an Informal Garden Party.
        • 344. Answer to the Above.
        • 345. Inviting a Lady to a Church Sociable.
        • 346. Inviting a Lady to a Picnic.
        • 347. Answer to the Above.
        • 348. Inviting a Gentleman to a Picnic.
        • 349. Answer to the Above.
        • 350. From a Married Lady to Another, Inviting Her to Attend a Theatre Party.
        • 351. Answer to the Above.
        • 352. From a Gentleman Inviting a Young Lady to Attend a Theatre.
        • 353. Answer to the Above.
        • 354. Inviting a Lady to a Small Evening Party.
        • 355. Inviting a Lady and Her Daughter to a Dance.
        • 356. Answer to the Above.
        • 357. Inviting a Young Lady to a Dance.
        • 358. Answer to the Above.
        • 359. Inviting a Gentleman to a Dancing-Party.
        • 360. Answer to the Above.
        • 361. Inviting a Gentleman to a Garden Party.
        • 362. Answer to the Above.
        • 363. From a Gentleman to a Young Lady Inviting Her to Visit a Theater.
        • 364. Answer to the Above.
        • 365. From a Little Girl to a Friend, Asking Her to Tea.
        • 366. Answer to the Above.
        • 367. Inviting a Lady to Make the Writer a Visit in Town.
        • 368. Answer to the Above.
        • 369. Asking a Lady to pay the Writer a Country Visit.
        • 370. Answer to the Above.
        • 371. Inviting a Lady to pay the Writer a Visit at the Seashore.
        • 372. Answer to the Above.
        • 373. Postponing a Dinner Party on Account of a Death.
        • 374. Postponing a Dance.
        • 375. Postponing a Friend's Visit on Account of Illness in the Family.
        • 376. From a Gentleman, Excusing Himself from Keeping a Dinner Engagement.
        • 377. From a Lady, Excusing Herself from Keeping a Dinner Engagement.
        • 378. Resigning from Membership in a Club.
    • PART V
      • HOW TO ADDRESS IN WRITING THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, MEMBERS OF HIS CABINET, AND OTHER HIGH OFFICIALS
    • PART VI
      • THE CORRECT FORMS OF VISITING CARDS, INVITATIONS, ETC.
        • VISITING CARDS
        • INVITATION CARDS
        • LEAVE-TAKING
        • NOTIFICATION OF BIRTHS AND FUNERALS
    • PART VII
      • LEGAL FORMS
        • BILL OF SALE
        • ASSIGNMENT OF MORTGAGE
        • MORTGAGE
        • FORM OF GENERAL SUBMISSION TO ARBITRATION
        • RELEASE DEED
        • RELEASE—GENERAL
        • WARRANTY DEED—STATUTORY FORM
        • LEASE—SHORT FORM
        • ARTICLES OF AGREEMENT FOR WARRANTY DEED
        • WILL
    • PART VIII. MISCELLANY.
      • PROPER SPELLING AND MEANING OF LATIN, FRENCH AND ITALIAN WORDS
        • ABBREVIATIONS USED IN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE
        • USE OF PUNCTUATION MARKS.
      • ETIQUETTE.
        • I.—In Public.
        • II.—In the Parlor.
        • III.—In the Dining-Room.
        • IV.—In Your Dress and Habits.
        • V.—In Your Speech.
        • VI.—Etiquette of Calls.
      • THE LEADING SYNONYMS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
      • THE USE OF CAPITALS.
      • LETTER POSTAGE.
        • UNITED STATES.
        • OTHER COUNTRIES.
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