STANDARD LETTER-WRITER. 8
. No. 11.
‘From a Lady inviting another to visit her under
. painful circumstances,
(Date in full.
~My pear Mrs. —-—:
I have been taught by former ex-
_ periences to value friendship such as you, on
more than one occasion, displayed when others
stood aloof,and my dearest wish is that you
were with me now, for my need of advice and
sympathy is greater than I can find words to ex-
ress. Poor Mary, I am afraid, is dying, and I
are not leave her even if I could find the will
to go down-stairs and put things in order, Be-
tween two duties I am distracted, and write
this in the hope that you will come to me and
‘ive us all the benefit of your love and aid.
onsider me your afflicted sister who an scarce-
ly say more than come, and my gratitude shall
My dear Mrs. —-—,
Eyer yours sincerely, )
/ No. 12.
(Date in full
My pear Mrs. ——:
I shall say no more until I see you
than that you. may expect me by the nvon train
to-morrow, which Edward tells me will‘arrive
al out ———. no one meet me,
for I can casily walk from the station, and the
bag I intend bringing can be brought over by
the railway porter. Give poor Mary my love,
and say that Robert has set out to gather her
bunch of the wild flowers that she has often sai
are 80 lovely, and which I shall take care to
preserve unharmed on the journey,
My dear Mrs. ——_}
Ever yours sincerely,
£ —— a
. (Date in fall.
My prar Mrs, ———:
You will think it cruel for me to say
that I cannot leave the house just now, but were.
you cognizant of the difticulties by which I am be-
Bet you would forgive me. “Like yourselfI am
confined to the bedside, as John came home to me
eon Thursday more dead than alive, and is onl,
slowly getting out of the reach of danger.
trust dear Mary is not so ill as you suppose, for
I look upon her as one from whom would
find it very bard to part were your forebodings
on the eve of being realized. Tell her how
anxious I am about her, and if you can depute
any one to write, let me know the: doctor’s
opinion. Praying that the Almighty may, in
is great goodness, relieve us both from the
shadow which is on our thresholds,
My dear Mrs.
~ Ever yours sincerely,
No. 14. : :
From a Young Lady at School to her Mother.
(Date in full.
~My rear MorHer:
Iam very anxious to be once more at
home, but it will be six weeks before the vaca-
tion begins, and until then I must just content
» myself here by writing and receiving your let-
ters. I have improved tolerably since I spoke
about my music and French. Not that I give this
as an opinion of my own, but both our masters
‘ were pleased to say so, and they are so strict
that I can take their word for granted. I feel,
however, increasing facility myself, more
especially in music, which you know I have. al-
ways loved. French I acquire much more slow-
ly.. I have determined, however, to persevere
and get over the difficulties before this term ex-
P Iam still wearing the dresses and ———
which you sent by John, and I have been so
careful of them that they look scarcely soiled.
But I require a hat more than anything else, be-
cause the one I have is really shabby and old-
fashioned. If you buy me one I should like it
to be the game as ———’e hat, for Iam told that
the kind she wears is very pretty and service-
able. You, however, know best, and it pleases
me to think of your constant tuought of me.
shall write again on Tuesday. Give my fond
love to my father and John. \
And never thirk me neglectful of yourself,
y darling Mother,
From a Lady to Her Daughter at School,
(Date in full _————--_)
My DEAR ———: .
Your father, John and I were delighted
to hear of your progress, and we are sure you
will continue to improve if you never forget to
gray to God for help. Remember that you can
lo nothing without appealing to Him, for,He will
strengthen your resolution, and by that means
enable you to overcome all your difficulties.
When we attempt to do anything for ourselves
forgetful of God, temptation comes in and leads
our thoughts away from duty, and into paths
that afford us no true knowledge.
Both French and musie we wish you to know
thoroughly, but not at the expense of your
English studies, for to know your own language
well. gives you a facility im acquiring others,
whereas if you neglect your English for the sake
of learning French, your knowledge of both
must ever be imperfect. I shall write to Miss
and let her know explicitly what our
Wo are as desirous to see you‘as you are to
come home, but vacation will soon come round
and as your dear father will go for you, you wil
have a kind meeting to think of. Ishall be in
town shopping one of these days and I will buy
you a hat, and.perhaps, something else, whic.
must remain a secret for the present.
Your father and John both unite with me in
sending you our fond love, and with a kiss,
iy dear ———,
Your ever affectionate mother, )
From a Young Lady at School to Her Sister Re-
. questing Books.
(Date in full.
My peanest PEs:
I was delighted with your last letter;
it was so full of good things that I read it over
half-a-dozen times before I paused, or, like the
bee, had extracted all its sweetness. And really
if you knew how refreshing it is to get such let-
ters—after we have been poring over our exer-
cises until we are nearly as dry as they are—
you would write often. You would write, f am
sure, twice a day at tho least, that is if you
could, and were I foolish enough to be so exact-
ing, which you know I am not.
There have been no fresk arrivals here since I
wrote, and we are seldom able to go out now
that the weather has broken. The consequence
is that a few nice books would be most accept-
able as the things I stand, most in need of to
maintain a siege against the gathering dullness.
Let me see, I should like ‘* Pendennis,” for a
ee Ihad into it once assured me that Laura
Be was a perfect darling. . Will you send it
me, and any others you can spare, and I'll
promise to keep them unsoiled, and besides feel
yery grateful. With love and kisses
My dearest Pen, -
Answer to the abote, sending some Books.
. (Address—. - .
(Date in fall.
My DEAREST May:
Your dear letter was a pleasant addi-
tion to our breaktfast-table this morning, as we
were all rather quiet and wondering when the
rain would cease pattering outside that we might
have a glimpse of sunshine. Our thoughts were
therefore chased away from a very dismal sub-
ject to a bright one, and our tongues wagged
merrily on while your letter passed from hand
Papa sends you Mr, Trollope’s new book, and
John, “ Pendennis,” and I, half-a-dozen valames
from my own little library, so you will have
plenty of nice reading for the long nights. Al}
join with me in love to. our absent pet, from
whom we are always anxious to hear. :
te elieve me,
~ My dearest May, ~
No. 18. .
From a Young Lady at School Describing a
isit to the Country. .
(Date in full.
My pear Lena:
I number Tuesday among the hap-
Ricat days we have had for a very long time.
‘iss Gray was in an unusually indulgent humor,
and caused us to be carried off to M———, a
pretty village ten miles from town, where we en-
Joyed ourselves to our hearts’ content, After
passing the village, we came to a delicious bit of
woodland scenery, where our hampers were un-
packed, and their contents spread out on the
grass under the soft green shade of some noble
trees, Thus we encamped gipsy fashion, and
made merry for hours and hours, while our
elders were botanizing and sketching as zeal-
ously as though it were for dear life. Our appe-
tites, you_may be sure, were excellent, and 60.
were the dainties which Miss Gray had provided,
Our kettle boiled famously and actually sang, as
did we, very heartily, much to the astonishment,
no doubt, of the thousand little denizens of the
glade. The day, I can assure you, came far too
soon to an end, but it has afforded us since no
little pleasure in recalling what was said and
done, and what we saw. Trusting you will not
I remain .
My dear Lena,
Ever yours sincerely,
From a Lady tq a Gentleman (almost a Stranger),
who has proposed by Letter. ;
(Date tn full———————-}
While sensible of the great honor you
wish to confer upon me, I cannot conceal my
surprise that you should think me capable of
acting with the precipitancy which has char-
acterized your step. Until the other day we
were entire strangers to each other, and I do
not remember one instance where look, act, or
word of mine could be interpreted as meaning
encouragement. IfIam mistaken, Iam sorry,
because any act that you may have regarded as
an advance on my part must have been purely
accidental, and utterly devoid of intention.
But I think it so highly improbable that I fee}
quite unable to take myself to task., I thought
it my duty to Place your letter in my father’s
hands, who read it also with astonishment, and
as he now perfectly understands my wishes and
approves of them, he will take an early oppor-
tunity’ of explaining, should you wish it, how m-
possible itis for me to consent to the step you
Repretting that a circumstance so painful
should have arisen,
Your obedient servant,
From a Lady to an Admirer whom she has seen
on several occasions.
(Date in ‘full————
reading the letter you sent me yesterday, but we
have met so very, very seldom that Iam afraid”
you have acted from impulse rather than from
the good honest sense which your friends, and I
among the number, give you the credit of pos-
sessing. And you know far better than poor me
that impulse, howover honorable and generous
it sometimes is, in matters that concern one’s
whole life, is often the agent which produces
unhappiness in days to come.
You will say, of course, that you calmly and
deliborately wrote to me, but I cannot think it,
or & moment’s reflection would have, told you,
that to imagine I could consent to such a hasty
proposal were not to pay me the respect you
profess to do. T admit that I esteem you, but I
Am nat conaciess of cntertsining any déoper
assure you that I felt highly flattered in,
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