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LETTERS of Introduction should be written very plainly, and should be brief, as the person introduced is compelled to wait while the letter is being read.
In introducing a person in a business capacity, state distinctly what is his business; if a professional man, his profession, and your knowledge or information of his ability.
As in letters of recommendation, the person giving a letter of introduction is, in a measure, responsible for the character and ability of the person introduced. Hence, such letters should be guardedly written, or given with full knowledge of the person they introduce.
That the person receiving such a letter may know at a glance its character, the letter should, on the envelope, be addressed thus:
Presenting the letter of introduction at the private house, send it by the servant to the person addressed, accompanied with your card.
At the business house, send the letter to the counting-room, accompanied by your card.
Norway, Maine, July 9,18 - . Friend William.
The bearer of this, Mr. Sterling Hepworth, is a dry-goods merchant in our town, who visits your city for the purpose of making purchases for his fall trade. Mr. H. is a heavy dealer in his line, pays cash for all he buys, and expects the discount accompanying cash payment. Any favor you can render him by intro-luction to your leading wholesale houses, or otherwise, will be appreciated by Mr. Hepworth, and acknowledged by,
WALTER KIMBALL. William Darling.
Rome, Ga., Aug. 10,18 - . Dear Annabel:
I take this occasion to introduce to you the bearer of this letter, Mrs. Pemberton, who is on a visit to her relatives in your city. Mrs. P. is my very dear friend, of whom you have often heard me speak. Believing that your acquaintance with each other would be mutually agreeable, I have urged her to call upon you during her stay. Any attention you may bestow upon her, during her visit, will be highly appreciated by,
Salem, Mass., Sept. 12,18 - . Mrs. Stephen Hawkins.
The bearer, Miss Serena Snow, visits your city for the purpose of pursuing a musical education, being as yet undetermined whom she will choose as an instructor. Any advice and assistance you may render will be highly appreciated by her, and duly acknowledged by her parents, who have great confidence in your judgment in matters pertaining to music. Trusting that you will find it agreeable to aid my young friend, I remain,
MARY A. BARNET.
Holyoke, Mass., Sept. 17, 18 - . Dear Captain:
My old-time comrade, Capt. H. M. Benson, visits your town for the purpose of attending the Army Reunion on the 27th. As he will remain some little time, I commend him to your brotherly care. Believing that your acquaintance will be mutually agreeable, I remain,
T. M. SEYMOUR.
Capt. A. M. Bellows.
Denver, Col., Oct. 13,18 - . Friend Patterson:
This letter will introduce to you my young friend, Morgan Hatfield, who has been in my employ as a clerk for the past eighteen months, and whom I would still retain, had not the disposing of a portion of my business rendered his services, with those of others of my clerks, unnecessary.
Believing that your wide influence would very materially aid him in securing a good position in the dry-goods trade in your city, I presume upon the acquaintance of an old friend in thus writing you. For reference you can use my name.
Believing that you will not afterwards regret any assistance you render the young man, I am,
HERBERT HOPKINS. A. B. Patterson, Esq.
Salem, Oregon, Nov. 14,18 - . Dear Friend:
This will be brought you by my sister Callie, of whom you have heard me talk so much. No words of mine are necessary in introducing you. I have told you both so much of each other that you are already acquainted. I bid you love each other as well as I love you both.
JENNIE. Miss Lizzie Brayton.
My friend and fellow-clerk, Wm. Bell, will spend a week in your city, and wants to look at the desk where you and I stood, side by side, so long. You will find him a genial, friendly fellow, and will most assuredly not regret my sending him to you.
Ever Your Friend,
CON. BALDWIN. Halbert Stebbins.
San Francisco, Cal., Feb. 2,18 - . Dear Mother:
The bearer of this is my college chum, Harry Worthington. Being about to visit his parents at San Jose, I have persuaded him to stop over one train to see you and sister Kate. Harry is in the same class with myself, and is, I can assure you, a splendid fellow. Of course, you and Kate will treat him so finely as to make him, perhaps, stay longer than one day. He will tell you all the news.
Your Ever Affectionate Son,
Dover, Del., Mar. 3,18 - . Hon. D. B. Graham.
The bearer, Mr. D. H. Harmon, is the son of
Mrs. Lieut. W. H. Harmon, of this town, whose husband was killed at the battle of Iuka, bravely defending the flag. This young man has just graduated from one of our best schools, and at my suggestion visits Washington, thinking to acquaint himself with the condition of things at the Capitol, and, if the same could be obtained, would gladly occupy a clerkship for a time. Should it be in your power to grant him such a favor, it will be warmly appreciated by his mother and myself. I remain,
V. H. MARTIN.
Baton Rouge, La., March 4,18 - . Mr. Warren H. Webster.
The bearer, Mrs. Lydia Huntington, visits New York for the purpose of conferring with some publisher relative to introducing her first book to the public. She is a lady of well-known reputation and acknowledged talent throughout the South, and will, I feel sure, assume prominent rank ere long in the literary world. I take the liberty of an old friend to ask of you a consideration of her claims.
Yours, Very Respectfully,
B. H. CAMPBELL.
Charleston, S. C, May 6,18 - . My Dear Mrs. Hamilton:
In compliance with your oft-repeated request, I send my daughter to spend a few weeks of her vacation in your delightful country home, trusting that her visit may be as delightful for her and yourself as mine was a year ago. Anticipating a visit from you all, ere the close of the present summer, I remain, As Ever, Your Devoted Friend,