“Dear John” letters, hate mail, poison pen letters, love letters, epistles, memos, business letters, chain letters….so many types of letters and so little time. Letters and letter writing– whether via parchment, rag paper stationary, typing paper, email, or Pony Express are significant in the ways they reveal much about people. Who they are, who they think they are, what they want, or what they don’t want. Writing style is one of the ways in which one’s personality shines through, much like one’s conversational or speaking styles/mannerisms does. Which is why I adore reading letters, writing letters, sending letters and receiving them.

One of my favorite blogs is Letters of Note, for precisely those reasons. The editor of the blog, Shaun Usher, runs the blog completely on donations and weekly posts scans/pictures of original letters from famous/significant/interesting people and follows them with a typed transcript.

The blog’s mission statement:

Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated every weekday.

There are letters from King Henry VIII, Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain, Satire mastermind), Wil Wheaton (every teen girl trekkie’s fantasy), Aldous Huxley, Abe Lincoln ( on the subject of his whiskers), John Lennon, Steve Martin, and so many more (all of these are guys but I promise there are plenty by/for/about the ladies).

Image Courtesy of Boston Public Library via Letters of Note

Basically, you should check it out. Because it is awesome.

Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving a Wider Audience

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