Letters are specific, ephemeral and private. Conventionally at least, a letter is written by one person directly to another. The relationship between writer and reader is personal. Even the coldest, most stiff or regimentally most formal letter implies direct connection between the communicators. The nature of this relationship is marked by formal, often elaborate indications especially at the beginning and end of the letter, and partly by the tone, style and phraseology in which it is written.
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