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Personal letter

Personal letter

A personal letter is a type of letter which provides communication between a small number of people, usually two. There are many types of personal letters and they are written for a wide variety of reasons:

  • One person wishes to attain information from an individual or a business.
  • One person wishes to tell somebody about themselves, as in pen pals.
  • One person wishes to present to an individual or a business a social note, such as a thank-you or a congratulation.
  • One person wishes to communicate with an acquaintance - friend or family, for example - news of themselves in order to maintain and reinforce the bond between them

Surviving personal letters are often an important source of information about the lives of historical figures.

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