In the 18th century, letter writing and learning how to write letters was much more formal than it is today. The tone of a letter and what was considered appropriate to write in a letter depended on who you were writing to and why. You would not write the same letter to your mother as you would to a business partner. This is still true today, but we no longer formally learn the etiquette of writing letters the way they did in the 18th century.
Learn more about the Art of Letter Writing in the post, at right, by Dr. Janine Boldt, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow.
Be sure to check out the Mad Lib style activity to pick up some tips on how to send great thank you notes in 18th century fashion!