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‘STANDARD LETTER-WRITER. _
8o already on account of the progress we under-
stand she is making, but we shall be much more
so if our wishes are carried out. Girls, you |.
know, are fond of the brilliant side of everything,
and good as my little Caroline is, she is not
without the common failing, and, I dare say,
thinks more of the piano and French than those
troublesome English verbs, which used to vex;
me 80 much.
‘We shall be giad to hear
Believe me, :
My dear Miss ——,
from you at some
Ansvwer to the above.
* (Date in full——.
My prar Mapam:
Any wish of yours I shall always be
. anxious to see carried out to its fullest extent.
You may rest assured, therefore, that everything
will be done here to promote Caroline’s English
studies. Although she has certainly displayed
reat eagerness to become proficient in French
and music, I must do her the justice of saying
that she is a diligent English scholar, and prom-
ises to surprise you in this respect when she
home. I am in hopes that her progress
will go on still more rapidly now that she has
overcome the main difficulties of her tasks, and
takes quite a keen interest in each new feature
in her education as it opens up. I wish all my
other pupils were equally zealous, and were
that the case, my own duties would become very
Caroline was good enough to let me see your
letter, and both itand your kind one to myself
were read by me with no little gratification.
My dear Madam,
Yours very sincerely,
From a. Schoolmistress complaining of one of
her pupils, ~
(Date in full
My pear Mapam:' .
I feel it difficult to express how very
deeply I regret the necessity which compels me
to write this. ad hope to have a pleasing
account to send you of Martha’s education and
conduct since she became one of my pupils; but,
sinful though it is, I must no longer conceal
from you thatshe has sadly disappomted me,
not alone in wilfully neglecting her studies, but
in absolutely setting my authority at defiance. I
am ever loth to speak harshly to any of my
pupils, and I have from time to time endeavored
to win your daughter back to her books by litle
acts of kindness. But these failing, I took her
severely to task, and punished her by denying
her several indulgences granted to and appre-
ciated by her companions. The result, how-
ever, it distresses me to say, was still dis-
obedience on her part. Perhaps a letter from
‘ou will be more effectual, at least I sincerely
ope 80, a8 Martha, with all her faults, has
many qualities which may possibly id time de-
velop into excellences of heart and mind.
My dear Madam, .
Yours we sincerely,
* Answer to the abote.
(Date in full
sax DEAR Miss -—-——:
Your letter of yesterday caused me the
greatest pain, aa I thought it likely that your
excellent system of training would repress, if
not eradicate altogether, the faultain Martha’s
disposition, which I and her father have so often
deplored. We are both very sensible of your
goodness in devoting so much of your attention
to her, and if you will try for a little while long-
er, we shall think ourselves favored. By this
post I am writing to Martha, expressing our
sorrow at her wicked conduct, and explaining
that we shall be excessively angry unless she
begs for yonr forgiveness and endeavors to
make amenda to you and us by displaying
obedience and gratitude while she is under your
care. ‘This, I pray, will be effectual.
And believe me, .
My dear Miss .
| Gentlemen’s Correspondence.
‘ No. 1. .
From a Father to his Son at School.
(Date in full. —)
My DEAR ———?
While satisfied that you will cause us no
disappointment as regards your conduct and
studies at school, I think that perhaps a line
from me now will serve to impress upon you
still more distinctly the necessity of being pru-
dent and diligent. You are still very young, and
know nothing of the temptations which come
across the way of youth, nor of the evils which
arise in after life, from habits contracted at
school, under the influence of unprincipled as-
sociates. Iam desirious that you should choose
for your companions clever boys, from whom
you may learn how to combine accuracy and ex-
pedition in performing your tasks; but I would
rather that your associates were dull and un-
able to be of any service to you, than that they
should be clever and evil-disposed. Avoid
everything that your conscience and your Bible
tell you is wrong, even in the most trifling mat-
ters, as itis of the utmost importance for you to
begin life with no bias in favor of the airy pleas-
ures of the world. Read your Bible earnest
morning and night; regard it as your best friend,
and when you are in doubt or ifficulty, always
turn to it for counsel. Next tothe duty you owe
to God is that which you owe to your parents,
and you cannot perform that duty better than by
diligently studying your books and bearing your
father and mother always in mind. By remem-
bering how grieved they would be were your
teachers to report unfavorably of your progress,
you will be less liable to fall into indolent habits,
or that which is equally pernicious, namely, the
reading of books of fiction of a low class, It
would be a good plan to avoid fiction altogether
until you are older, and read history both for
instruction and amusement. You cannot read
too much history and biography, only let your
reading be attentive and methodical. Do not
turn over a leaf until you have thoroughly
mastered the page, otherwise you will never be
able to turn what you have read to a useful ac-
count. And now my dear , 1 think | have
said all that is needful at present. What Ihave
omitted your own good sense ought to supply,
and will supply if you will only consult it.
Write home often and unreservedly. Always
regard usas your best friends, and hide nothing
With kindest love from ‘your mother,
Ever your affectionate father,
No. 2. : :
“From a Son at School to his Father.
(Date in fall—————-—__)
My pear FatHeEr:
Your kind letter afforded me a great
deal of pleasure, and after I had read it over
several times, I resolved to do all in my power
to profit by your advice. My companions, as far
astam ‘able to judge at present, are well-dis-
posed lads. Several are a little wild and finda
ifficulty in settling down to: their books, but
they mean well, aud display no tendency to-
wards vicious habits. But woe are nearly all
strangers so far, and. until we grow more
familiar it will be impossible for me to describe
them accurately. Tho head master and his as-
sistants are all very kind and attentive, and
where a disposition 13 shown to learn, they are
never backward in affording all the assistance
they can give. Indeed, my dear father, I can
say nothing but good of the school, and I sin-
cerely hope that I will succeed in meriting the
attention bestowed upon me. Our library is not
yery large, but I think it a very good one. There
is very hittle fiction, in fact, only novels of Scott
Dickens, Thackeray and Georgo Eliot. I shall
always bear in mind what you say about history
and biography, and devote my leisure to the
task of learning as much asI can of the histo
of my own and foreign countries. Althoug
comfortable here and among associates of my
own age and tastes, I find it difficult to suppress
at times a strong desire to be at home again.
This feeling will no doubt grow less acute as
the interest in my exercises deepens, but at.
present, I feel it impossible to conceal it. I
shall make a point of writing often, and regu-
larly, as the only return I can make at* present
for your goodness and my mother’s love. With
love to her and yourself,
Believe me, - -
Always your affectionate son,
No. 3. .
Letter from a Merchant requiring Payment.
j (Date in full——-—_———_}
Having several heavy engagements to meet:
early next week I am under the necessity of ask-
ing you to settle my bill for the March quarter
to-morrow or next day. Were I in a position to
wait longer for a settlement it would afford me
pleasure to do so, but at present it is quite out. '
of my power. I beg, therefore, you will hand a
check to my collector on Thursday, The amount.
of the bill rendered is $76.87.
Your obedient servant,
(Name and Address.]
Letter demanding Payment.
(Date in full——-—-——__)
Having applied to you repeatedly but in-
effectually for a settlement of my il, I have
now to intimate that unless it is paid before 12
o’clock -to-morrow, I shall place it in my law-
yer’s hands for recovery in a court oflaw. *
Your obedient servant,
[Name and Adaress.]
Custemer’s Letter promising lo Pay.
Sr: (Date in fall——-_—_——_—-
part that your bill has remained undischarged
so long, but owing entirely .to my inability to
collect my own outstandings, which amount al-
together to a considerable sum of money.
have, however, a promise of payment on- the
14th inst., which I can rely upon, and although.
I am seriously in want of money for business
purposes [ promise to settle your bill as soon a8
the cash comes into my hands,
Your obedient servant,
(Name and Address.]
. No. 6.
Customer objecting to a Merchunt’s Bill.
sin: (Date in full———_———_)
I return your bill for the March quarter
for correction, as the prices charged therein are
in excess of those of any of the other tradesmen
in the neighborhood. The articles you supplied’
were of @ decidedly inferior quality, and not at
all what we expected when'’we were induced to}
give you our custom. The overcharges alto-
gether amount to, I consider, fully 25 per cent.;
I shall allow it to remain unsettled.
/ . Your obedient servant,
[Name and Address.} ( °
- Reply of Tradesman, reducing Account.
(Date in full. )
Although I eonsider my bill entirely free
from anything in the shape of an overcharge,
It has been through no remissness on my *
you reduce your account accordingly .