Classical English Letter-Writer, Or Epistolary Selections: Designed to Improve Young Persons in the Art of Letter-Writing, and in the Principles of Virtue and Piety; With Introductory Rules and Observations on Epistolary Composition; And Biographical Noti

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The art of epistolary writing, as the late translator of Plinyts letters has observed, was esteemed by the Romans among the number of liberal and polite accomplishments; and Cicero, in some of his letters, mentions, with great pleasure, the elegant Specimens of epistolary composition which he had received from his son. It seems indeed to have formed part of the education of the Romans; and it deserves to have a share in ours. It has, says Mr. Locks, so much to do in all the occurrences of human life, that no gentleman can avoid showing himself in this kind of writing. Occasions will daily force him to make this use of his pen; which, besides the consequences that, in his affairs, his well or ill managing of it often draws alter it, always lays him open to a severer examination of his breeding, his sense, and his abilities, than oral dis courses, whose transient faults dying for the most part with the sound that gives them life, and so not subject to a strict review, more easily escape observation and censure.

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