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1. Write to some merchant in your town, asking for a few samples of calico.
2. Write to the Youth's Companion, Boston, inclosing $1.75 for a year's subscription.
3. Write to Tiffany & Co., New York, asking for a catalogue of holiday silver goods.
4. Write to John Wanamaker, Broadway, New York, inclosing a check for $5.00 to pay a bill, and asking for samples of fall dress goods.
5. Write to Marshall Field & Co., Chicago, applying for a position as salesman.
6. Write to some groceryman, inclosing a check for your last month's bill.
7. Write to the American Book Co., Atlanta, Ga., asking the wholesale price of Lee's Readers.
8. Write to the New York Herald, renewing your subscription for one year.
9. Write to the Board of Education of your city, applying for a position as teacher, stating your qualifications.
10. Write to Harper & Bros., Franklin Square, New York, inclosing a money order for $4.00 for a year's subscription to Harper's Monthly Magazine.
11. Write to Henry Harris, asking to engage his boat for a school picnic.
12. Write to Best & Co., of New York, asking for their catalogue of spring and summer goods.
13. Write to Bailey, Banks, & Biddle Co., of Philadelphia, inclosing $2.00 for a scarf pin.
14. Write to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York, telling them when you will arrive, and engaging a room for a week. Tell the kind of room you want and about the price you are willing to pay.
SUGGESTION FOR BUSINESS LETTERS
1. Write to any of the merchants in your town, ordering some goods sent to your house, and requesting a bill to be sent at the time C.O.D.
2. Write to the publisher of some book you study, stating your opinion of the book, and making suggestions for its improvement.
3. Find the advertisements in the magazines and address a letter to those you desire, asking for a catalogue or for further information.
NOTE TO THE TEACHER. It is not intended that all the above letters be written in order, but that they be used from time to time as occasion and pleasure determine. Letter writing should be a constant exercise. Skill and accuracy can be secured by frequent writing and careful correction.
LESSON 31.— LETTER WRITING — FRIENDLY LETTERS
There are other kinds of letters than business letters, for we often need to write to our relatives and friends. Such a letter should be dated, and while it is not always necessary, it is better to give the address of the person writing it. The address of the person to whom the letter is sent need not be written at the beginning, but may be written at the end. The letter should be addressed in such form as the following: Dear Charles :
My dear Mr. Brown:-
Dear Miss Edith:-
The letter should be signed in such forms as these:
Your affectionate son, Your loving daughter,
Your very truly,
your stay here.
The following is one form of a friendly letter:
Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 3, 1908. Dear Henry :
dl have heard that you intend to be in Nashville for a few days, and I write to ask you to visit us during
We shall all be very glad to have you Let me know by what train
will arrive. Tinezrely yours,
William Bryan. Mr. Henry fones, 3/4 Michigan Ave., Chieago, s.
NOTE. In the above letter observe the punctuation and the friendly form of the body of the letter. The address of the person to whom it is written is put at the end and to the left, and the same address should be repeated on the envelope.
SOME LETTERS TO WRITE 1. Suppose you have been traveling and have seen Niagara Falls. Write a letter to some friend at home, describing the Falls, telling what impression they made on you, and what you did while you were there.
In the same way write a letter about a supposed trip across the Sahara Desert.
In the same way write a letter about the Panama Canal.
2. Suppose you wish to know something about the harvesting of ice in Maine, and you have a schoolboy friend in Portland. Write him a letter, asking him all the questions you would like to have answered.
In the same way write a letter, inquiring about how cotton is raised in Mississippi.
In the same way write a letter to a friend in Japan, asking him some questions about the country and the people. 3. Suppose you are away from home and wish to write a letter to your brother, giving him some directions about your dog, your gun, your boat, and other things. What orders shall you give him?
In the same way write to a friend, giving him directions about a fishing trip.
In the same way write to your little brother, telling him how he should behave in company.
4. Suppose you have seen a great church, with a fine organ, pictures, and other things. Write a letter to your mother, using some exclamatory sentences to tell how beautiful and majestic everything was.
In the same way write a letter home about a supposed storm at sea.
In the same way write a letter to your father about a terrible railroad wreck.
LESSON 32. - SOME LETTERS TO WRITE
The following suggestions for friendly letters are given here to be used by the teacher from time to time as occasion demands. Each topic may be assigned to the class, or all the topics may be divided among the pupils or used in any way the teacher desires.
1. Write a letter to your mother on her birthday.
2. Write a letter to your teacher, telling her of your vacation.
3. Write a letter to your cousin about your school.
4. Write a letter to your uncle, thanking him for a Christmas present.
5. Write to a friend in Mexico, asking him about the business prospects there and your desire to become an engineer.
6. You have heard that Mr. Olive wants to buy a dog. Write to him, offering him yours. Tell all about. the dog
7. Write to your brother who has been sick for some time.
8. Write to your sister who is off at college.
9. Write to a friend, explaining why you could not keep an engagement with him yesterday.
10. You are off at college. Write to your father, telling him about the college and why you need more money. 11. You have a friend in Havana who has never seen
Write to him all about it and what you do when it snows.
12. You have a summer cottage on the seashore somewhere. Write to an old friend at home, asking him to come to visit you, telling him what you do and how much benefit it would be to him.
13. Write to a cousin in London, telling him about George Washington's birthday and why we celebrate it.
14. Your aunt has sent you a set of books. Write to her, thanking her, and telling her what you think of one of them which you have read.
15. A friend of yours living in another part of the country wants to know what sports you enjoy in winter. Write him about them.
16. You have been on an excursion to a big city. Write to your brother at school all about it.
17. Your school has visited a cotton mill. Write to a cousin of yours all about it.
18. During the summer you visit your uncle who has a farm. Write to your mother about the crops, the chickens, the stock, the pond, and what you are doing.
EVANS'S ELE. ENG. GRAM. -5