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Issue 34 is in the mail!

The Letter Exchange, Summer 2014
Summer 2014, #34


Ghost Letters... Bother that old reality. Let's play!.
Writing between the Lines... When the responses don't satisfy.
JFK Condolence Letters... A new collection was made public recently.
Letters to LEX... These are a few of your favorite tools, and more.
The World of Letters... Robert Burns writes in English and Scots.
How Sharper Than a Goose's Quill... The vintage manufacture of steel pens.
Frankly, My Dear... Anecdotes from the early days of postage.
Listings Part 2

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Previous Issues

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