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Junkshop Gem: Ward Lock’s Complete Letter-Writer for Gentlemen

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Letter_writing Ever wondered where The Chap gets its inspiration from? I’m guessing from genuine period publications – like our latest Junkshop Gem, Ward Lock’s Complete Letter-Writer for Gentlemen.

Words cannot do this book justice, but I’ll do my best. It’s seemingly part of a series that also includes ‘The Young Wife’s Advice Book’, ‘Games For Parties’ and ‘Etiquette For Gentlemen – Don’t!’, all of which are now high on my wants list. But let’s look at this one first. Published (I’m guessing) in the early 50s, the book is packed with letter-writing advice for every conceivable eventuality, from business to pleasure and (amazingly) wedding proposals (should you feel a little nervous about the prospect).

Or if you fancy a day off work tomorrow, the following letter might be useful:

I am sorry to inform you that, in consequence of a bad attack of gout, I am quite unable to get to business to-day. I hope, however, to be able to attend in the course of a day or two. Trusted that my enforced absence will cause you no inconvenience,
I am Sir,
our obedient servant,
(Your Name)

The book cost just £1 – secondhand copies are unlikely to be going for much more. See Abebooks for availability.

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