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Letters of Note

Found In: language arts & literature, social studies, 9-12

Letters of Note is a collection of interesting letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans and photos are included whenever possible. Letters can be browsed by correspondence type, writing method (type written or hand written), decade, category, name, and date of accession. The website is best suited as a resource for high school English and social studies teachers.

My Own Darling Child furnishes the partial text of a letter Jane Austen wrote to her older sister Cassandra after receiving her copy of Pride and Prejudice. “I want to tell you that I have got my own darling Child from London;…”

This “evil” was the greatest which can befall a man features two letters from Edgar Allan Poe one written in 1848, the other in 1842. Transcripts follow both digital images of the original letters. Poe’s financial woes, literary ambitions, loss of his wife Virginia, and weakness for alcohol are apparent.

To My Old Master is the text of a letter written by former slave, Jourdon Anderson, in August 1865 to his former owner. Jourdan politely responds to Colonel P.H. Anderson’s invitation to return to Tennessee to work on the farm and lays out terms including back pay for 25 years unpaid labor that would convince him to do so. He closes with: “Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.”

Tesla’s Death Ray is the text of a 1934 letter from Nikola Tesla to S. W. Kintner of Westinghouse Electric after funding for Teleforce, a charged particle beam weapon, was once again rejected. Tesla’s “death ray” was intended to make war impossible.

Associated with Letters of Note are Letterheady and Lists of Note.



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