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and afterwards compare his composition with the original, and make the necessary corrections.

THEME.-Letter of Information to Titus Pomponius Atticus.


1. Everything is well at your house.

2. Actilius denies that his agent wrote to him; is surprised at this dispute; requires no more a security from you.

3. Tadius thanks you; is glad of the compromise of his family affair.

4. That friend of mine is angry with you; I

must see to the matter.

5. I have provided for L. Cincius, 20,400 sestertii, for the Megaric statues.

6. I like the Mercuries very much; I wish you to send them, and everything else, as soon as

you can.

7. If Lentulus' ship is not ready, send them by another.

8. Tulliola expects your present.


Find in some letter-writer, one or more let

ters for each single kind.

Examine how the

(9.) Make a sketch or outline of a letter.

respective qualities and style of each have been preserved; also, condense in brief the main points of each.


1. Write a letter of information to your father, about the course of studies which you are pursuing at school, and other matters of interest.

2. A letter of persuasion to a little brother, concerning the necessity of a diligent application to study.

3. A letter of petition to the principal of the school, for the pardon of a school-mate, who has broken the rules of school, but who has otherwise been very studious.

4. A letter of consolation to a friend on account of the death of his brother.

5. A letter of recreation to another schoolmate, describing the pleasures of a school picnic.

6. A letter of reprimand to a young relation, who has been insubordinate towards his teacher.

A letter of advice to a little sister, who is placed in a young ladies' seminary.

8. A letter of business to the clerk of the family, giving account of the money received from home, the payments made and due, and the money required to meet all expenses.





1. A Note, is a brief communication in writing, made by one person to another.

2. A note differs from a letter in this much, that the former simply indicates the object, and the latter fully explains it; also, that notes are generally written in the third person.

3. Notes are ordinarily used for the purpose of informing, asking, commanding, forbidding, etc., referring the person addressed, for further particulars, to a private interview. Hence,

4. The special characteristic of a note is brevity; otherwise it has all the qualities of a letter, and therefore must follow its rules.

5. A Card, is generally an address made to the public, for the purpose of information, explanation, or petition.

(1.) What is a Note?

(2.) In what does a note differ from a letter?

(3.) For what purpose are notes generally used?
(4.) What is the peculiar characteristic of a note?
(5.) What is a Card?

6. Cards may dispense with the address, date, and direction; but, instead, may admit of a fictitious name.

7. As the object of cards is generally information, so they must principally follow the rules of letters under that head.

8. In cards the main subject must be clearly expounded; and other subjects, that have little connection with it, must be either omitted, or slightly adverted to.

9. A complimentary ticket, called also a card, is a simple address of one person to another, containing the name of the party addressing, and addressed; with the title of the latter, and sometimes of the former also.

10. Complimentary tickets are used principally for invitations and complimentary visits.

11. In tickets of invitation, beside the address and signature, the subject of invitation is briefly stated, for instance: "Mr. and Mrs. N. respect

(6.) Are the address, date, and direction necessary in cards? (7.) What rules must cards follow?

(8.) How is the subject to be expounded in a card?

(9.) What is a Complimentary Ticket?

(10.) For what purpose are complimentary tickets principally


(11.) How are tickets of invitation generally phrased?

fully solicit the honor of Colonel N. and Lady's presence, to a social party, this day, at 7 o'clock, P. M., at the residence of the former."

12. The answer of acceptance may be this: "Colonel N. and Lady will be pleased to accept the invitation to the social party at Mr. and Mrs. N.'s residence this evening."

Or also: "Colonel N. and Lady accept, with pleasure, Mr. and Mrs. N.'s invitation to a social party.

13. In visiting cards, the name of the visitor is often simply expressed, and nothing more.

14. In complimentary tickets or cards, at the commencement of a New Year, Christmas, and other solemn occasions, beside the address and signature, the felicitations also of the visitor to the party addressed, are expressed in the card.

15. The Laconic style is peculiarly appropriate to complimentary tickets.

16. Letters and notes are folded generally in the middle, so as to make the upper and lower

(12.) How may the answer to an invitation be expressed? (13.) How are visiting cards addressed?

(14.) How are complimentary tickets expressed?

(15.) What is their style?

(16.) How are letters and notes folded?

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