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Issue 33 is in the mail!

The Letter Exchange, Winter 2014
Winter 2014, #33


Ghost Letters... Bored with yourself? Be a different self.
Writing between the Lines... What to put in an envelope besides a letter.
The Benchley-Whittier Correspondence... Hat, hat, who's got the hat?
Letters and Letter Writing... Advice from the end of the 19th century.
Letters to LEX... Feedback, support, and writing suggestions.
The World of Letters... Dickens does Paris, and a few other places.
The Independent Mail Routes of 1842-5... Stamps from a brief entrepreneurial period.
Listings Part 2

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Previous Issues

We forward letters to listings back to Issue 1, Summer 2003. Most listers are still looking for new correspondents!