As an excellent example of a reply to a letter conveying pleasant wishes, we present the following from Dickens :

Gad's Hill,June 10, 1867. My Dear Fields :

Your letter of May 27th comes to me like a breath from your own world beyond the sea. Believe me, I reciprocate all your good wishes, and take this occasion to renew those sentiments of respect and affection for yourself which it has been my privilege to entertain for so long a time. In the busy hours of exacting labors, I recall with pleasure the choice friends whom it has been my happy lot to meet. Time does not rust, but brightens, the links of the golden chain. With every good wish for your personal health and enjoyment, I am, as ever, Yours most sincerely,

Charles Dickens. Mr. James T. Fields,

Boston, Mass.