Proper form in letters

Dear Editor: My sister and I have had a little argument as to the proper forms in concluding letters — I mean the yours truly, sincerely, et cetera. Will you settle the matter for us through the columns of the paper? – Stella

You do not mention the exact nature of the question raised, therefore I subjoin some of the approved forms, hoping that they may prove what you wish:

For friendly notes and letters: Believe me sincerely (or cordially or faithfully) yours; with kind regards, sincerely yours; I remain, dear Mrs Blank, with kind regards.

A certain formality is indicated by very truly yours, or yours very truly, these being conventional expressions with which business communications are brought to a close.

Affectionately yours, fondly yours, devotedly yours, are correct only between relations or very intimate friends.


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Source publication: The Saint Paul Globe. (St. Paul, Minn.)

Source publication date: August 21, 1904

Filed under: 1900s, Culture & lifestyle, Letters & postcards, Newspapers

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