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Letters in reply to advertisements should be written immediately, else you may be too late.
Paste the advertisement at the head of your letter; thus it will be known exactly what your communication has reference to.
It is not necessary to speak much in praise of yourself, but you may state your reference, your experience, and qualifications fitting you for the position, the whole being told as briefly as possible.
Write your application yourself, your hand-writing and the manner of expressing yourself being the test by which the advertiser judges you. If you have written testimonials, copy the same, marking them as such, and enclose the copy.
879 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 4, 18 - . Dear Sir:
I notice in this morning's "Ledger" your advertisement of "a boy wanted in a grain commission house," which position I take the first opportunity to apply for.
I am fourteen years old, have been at school most of the time, winters, for the past seven years, and understand bookkeeping and conducting correspondence pretty well, having assisted my father much of the time while he was in the coal trade, which was about three years.
I am perfectly willing and ready to take my coat off and go right to work at handling grain or anything else in your line.
I refer you to Mr. Ira Belden, coal dealer, at 56 Benton street, who has always known me.
I will board at home, and will try to earn for you five dollars a week. Very Respectfully Yours,
182 Murray St., Buffalo, N. Y., May 19, 18 - . Dear Sir:
I take the earliest opportunity of replying to the enclosed advertisement.
I have been for the past two years in the employ of Bennett & Haw-ley, dry-goods dealers, 492 Camden street, until the dissolution of their firm, about four weeks ago. I beg to refer you, for testimonials, to Mr. Chas. H. Bennett, of the firm of Snow, Williams & Bennett, 178 Harvard street, should you entertain my application. Your Very Obedient Servant,
MARY H. BENSON.
1184 Longworth St., Cincinnati, O., May 1,18 - .
In reply to your advertisement in to-day's "Commercial" for a clerk or assistant bookkeeper, I beg to offer my services to your firm.
I have been in the employ of Mr. Wm. H. Wilson for the past four years, until he sold out his business a few days ago, having kept the books of his house during the time.
He permits me to refer to him for any testimonial of character or ability which you may require.
Should my application meet your views, it will be my earnest endeavor to faithfully and punctually fulfill the duties required. I have the honor to remain,
Yours, Very Respectfully,
48 Wentworth Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa.,
March 17,1873. Mrs. D. N. Haskins.
Respected Madam :
Seeing an advertisement in this morning's "Press" for a good plain and fancy cook, I take the opportunity to apply for the situation.
I have been with my present mistress, Mrs. Burton, for three years, and only leave because she has rented her house for the summer, to make an extended visit among her relatives in New England.
I shall remain here until Tuesday next, unless I find a place sooner, and Mrs Burton will give you any information you may desire regarding my capacity.
I Remain, Very Respectfully,
SARAH E. WESTON.
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No.-----St., Nashville, Tenn.,
Feb. 14, 18 - . Dear Madam:
In answer to the above advertisement, I beg to state that I am about to leave my present situation, as Mrs. Harrington, with whom I have been for the past six years, is about breaking up housekeeping; and I take the opportunity to apply for the position you offer.
Mrs. Harrington assures me that she will take pleasure in recommending me to any person who may apply to her concerning my industry and trustworthiness.
No.-----7th St., New York,
June 10,18 - .
"Understanding that you want a gardener, I beg to offer myself as a candidate to fill the place. I have had constant experience for ten years, both in nursery grounds and private gardens, and am thoroughly acquainted with the management of the greenhouse and hothouse.
The enclosed testimonials, from gentlemen for whom I have worked, will, I trust, prove satisfactory. My last employer, Mr. Snow, I would like to have you see personally concerning my fitness for the position.
I am a married man, thirty-three years of age. If favorable to my application, please address as above, and oblige,
Your Obedient Servant,
JAMES H. HARPER.
178----- St., Boston,
April 10,18 - . Mb. John H. Williams.
Having been informed that you are in want of a coachman, I take the liberty of enclosing you the accompanying testimonials, to which I ask your attention. Though reared in Deerfleld, I have been in Boston for the past fourteen years, having constantly had charge of horses during that time, as I did on the farm before leaving home.
As further evidence of my ability, I may mention that I had chief charge of the Tremont Street Livery Stable until the death of the owner, Mr. Paxton, after which the stock was sold and the stable closed.
Should my application meet your favor, I shall be glad to engage as your coachman, and will do all in my power to merit your approval.
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No. 784----- St., Trot, N. Y,
July 18,18 - . Mrs. C. B. Williams.
In answer to the above, I would say that I am seeking such a situation as you offer. My present term of teaching will close August 15th, at which time I would be ready to enter upon the work of superintending the education of your daughters.
I have, for several years, taught the higher English studies, besides German, Latin and drawing. For testimonials, I beg to refer you to the principal of my school, Rev. H. B. Watson.
Hoping that I may hear from you soon, and that we may make an arrangement mutually satisfactory, I remain,
Very Respectfully Yours,
HELEN B. CHANDLER.
No. 84----- St., Troy, N. Y,
July 19,18 - . Rev. H. B. Watson,
Principal, Glenhaven Seminary. My Dear Sir:
Having inserted an advertisement in the papers requiring the services of a governess competent to instruct my two daughters, I will esteem it a great favor if you will inform me concerning the ability of Miss Chandler to give instructions in the higher English studies, German and drawing, she having referred me to you. I am especially desirous of securing the services of a young lady whose moral influence will guard my children from danger - one whose amiability of character will make her a pleasant companion as well as teacher. I am much pleased with the appearance of Miss Chandler, and, if your report is favorable, I shall not hesitate to perfect an engagement with her at once.
Yours, Very Respectfully,
CLARA B. WILLIAMS.
Glenhaven Seminary, N. Y.
July 21,18-. Mrs. Clara B. Williams.
Dear Madam :
Your letter of enquiry in regard to Miss Chandler is before me, in reply to which it affords me much pleasure to bear testimony to the high moral character, and superior intellectual culture, of which she is possessed. During five years' residence in our family she has ever been as one of our own household, and I can thus speak understandingly of her merits. She is thoroughly conversant with the higher English branches, and is quite fluent in Latin and German. Should you complete an engagement with her, I feel confident you will have every reason for being pleased with having done so.
Very Truly Yours,
HARVEY B. WATSON.
Glenhaven Seminary, N. Y.,
Mrs. Clara B. Williams. July 21,18 - .
In reply to your polite inquiries, I am sorry to say that the educational acquirements of Miss Chandler, I fear, will not be up to the standard you require. While she has taught the higher English for some years, knowing, as I do, the proficiency of your daughters, I doubt if she is capable of advancing them in their studies. Another very unfortunate fault of which she is possessed, which causes me to dispense with her services at the close of the present term, is her failure to sufficiently command her temper. In other respects I have nothing to say to her prejudice.
Regretting that I cannot give a more favorable reply to your letter,
I remain, Your Most Obedient Servant,
HARVEY B. WATSON.
(Advertisement pasted in.) Mrs. Harriet Munson. Chicago, ILL., Aug. 1,18 - .
In answer to the above, I respectfully apply for the situation. Though I never took up the business as a trade, I have long been in the habit of doing all the dressmaking for our family, and feel myself competent to do all plainer kinds of sewing neatly and rapidly.
Having recently, by the death of an only brother, been thrown upon my own resources, I am thus induced to seek a position which I think I will enjoy. Hoping that you will accept my services, I remain, Very Respectfully Yours,
Walnut Grove Academy, Mass., June 9, 18 - . Col. H. B. Darling.
Seeing your advertisement in to-day's "Journal," I write to offer my services as music-teacher in your family.
I am a graduate of Music Vale Seminary, and have taught a music-class in this institution for the past three terms. My training has been with special reference to teaching the piano, the guitar, and vocal music.
I am permitted by Professor Weston, the teacher of music in the Academy, to refer to him for any testimonial of ability. I am, Yours, Very Respectfully,
AMELIA D. PORTER.
Troy Grove, ILL.,
Mr. A. B. Cook. Feb. 4,18 - .
Having seen your advertisement in the last Eagle, I would respectfully apply for the position for my son Henry, who is anxious to learn printing. He is well versed in the common English branches, having been regular in attendance at the public school for the past seven years. He is now fifteen.
I would like to have you take him on trial for a few weeks, and, if he pleases you, will arrange to have him remain until he masters the trade. Respectfully Yours,
Z. K. HENDERSON.