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BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.
up and electrotyped. Published July, 1904.
Norwood, Mass., U.S.A.
WHEN asked to teach Commercial Correspondence some years ago, the writer found his task most difficult and unsatisfactory. There were no books which treated the subject beyond the mechanical arrangement of a letter, followed by rules on punctuation, capitalization, grammar, and penmanship. Though all books on rhetoric emphasize the importance of letter writing, they give no adequate treatment of the subject; and such exercises as they furnish are generally trivial, meagre, inadequate, as, for example, "write a letter purporting to be from an aged doll ;” “write a letter dropped from a balloon;" " write a letter applying for a position as first mate on a steamer, giving such particulars as would be likely to be required ; ” etc.
It will be conceded that there is no more useful accomplishment than the ability to write a good letter. It is one of those practical arts regarded as a guarantee of other abilities and helping to introduce one into the world. The extension of higher commercial education and the increasing growth in transacting business by correspondence undoubtedly require that serious study be given to this subject. As both teacher and student must have material with which to work, this book is submitted as presenting a course which is full, definite, and practical.
The Chapter on Postal Information contains such facts
The author desires to make grateful acknowledgments
The plain business writing, shown in the letters and
C. L. A.
II. THE TECHNIQUE OF A BUSINESS LETTER
3. Abbreviations used in Correspondence
4. The Meaning and Use of Degrees
5. Correct Usage in addressing Government Officials
6. Correct Forms in addressing Envelopes
8. Letters containing Enclosures
9. Correspondence : How handled
III. THE COMPOSITION OF A BUSINESS LETTER .