If you would write to any purpose, you must be perfectly free from without, in the first place, and yet more free from within. Give yourself the natural rein; think on no pattern, no patron, no paper, no press, no public; think on nothing, but follow your own impulses. Give yourself as you are, what you are, and how you see it. Every man sees with his own eyes, or does not see at all. This is incontrovertibly true. Bring out what you have. If you have nothing, be an honest beggar rather than a respectable thief. Great care and attention should be devoted to epistolary correspondence, as nothing exhibits want of taste and judgment so much as a slovenly letter. Since the establishment of the cheap postage it is recognised as a rule that all letter should be prepaid; indeed, many persons make it a point of never taking in an unpaid letter. The following hints may be worthy of attention:

775. Always put a stamp on your envelope at the top of the right hand corner.

776. Let the direction be written very plain; this will save the postman trouble, and facilitate business by preventing mistakes.

777. At the head of your letter, in the right-hand corner, put your address in full, with the day of the month underneath; do not omit this, though you may be writing to your most intimate friend three or four times a day.

778. What you have to say in your letter, say as plainly as possible, as if you were speaking; this is the best rule; do not revert three or four times to one circumstance, but finish up as you go on.

779. Let your signature be written as plainly as possible (many mistakes will be avoided, especially in writing to stranger) and without any flourishes, as they tend not to add in any way to the harmony of your letter. We have seen signatures that have been almost impossible to decipher, being a mere mass of strokes, without any form to indicate letters. This is done chiefly by the ignorant, and would lead one to suppose that they were ashamed of signing what they had written.

780. Do not cross your letters; surely paper is cheap enough now to admit of your using an extra half-sheet, in case of necessity. (This practice is chiefly prevalent amongst young ladies).

781. If you write to a stranger for information, or on your own business, fail not to send a stamped envelope with your address, plainly written; this will not fail to procure you an answer.

782. If you are not a good writer it is advisable to use best ink, the best paper, and the best pens, as, though they may not alter the character of your handwriting, yet they will assist to make your writing look better.

783. The paper on which you write should be clean, and neatly folded

784. There should not be stains on the envelope; if otherwise, it is only an indication of your own slovenliness.

785. Care must be taken in giving titled persons, to whom you write, their proper directions.