The History of Leith

January 31, 2008

Letter-Writing in the 18th Century

Letters were written in a very different way than they are today. For one thing, they were what we now call “cross-letters” thanks to the style in which most letters were written. The reason for this is that the recipient of a letter paid a fee based on the letter’s size and the distance it travelled. Smaller letters were cheaper; therefore, a cross writing style would better conserve space and allow more to be said for a smaller fee. for more click here

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