This section of the book is from the "Household Companion: The Home Book Of Etiquette" book.
In addition to the forms of invitation to more or less formal occasions above given, notes inviting to various informal meetings may take forms familiar or the reverse, in accordance with the degree of intimacy of the parties. A few forms will suffice as examples :
New York, June 8, 1902. My dear Mr. Wilson :
A few of us are arranging for an excursion to Bolton Springs on the 15th inst. We should be very glad to have you as one of the party. We shall be three days absent from town. If you can make it convenient to accompany us, we are sure you can count on an enjoyable time. Be kind enough to let me know within a day or two, and believe me
10 Brown Street, New York, December 18, 1901.
Dear Mr. Wilson :
Can you make it convenient to run over to New York on Christmas day, and drop in on our small family party ? You can count on a hearty welcome, and a fair allowance of the enjoyments of the season.
Yours very truly,
As examples of more familiar notes of invitation, between intimate friends, the following will suffice :
Dear Harry :
Some of us are expecting to spend a few hours jovially, next Wednesday evening with a glass of wine and a cigar as enliveners. I hope you will make one of the party, and shall hold a chair for you.
Yours as ever
Dear John :
Our old friend Harvey Wilson has just got home from his Western trip. I have asked him and his cousin James to take a chop with me to-morrow at six p. m., and want you as a good fourth. Don't fail me. You know what a good fellow Wilson is.
H. P. Jones,
My Dear Mary:
A few friends will be with us on Friday evening, the 8th inst., to share a social cup of tea and have an hour's chat. Can we count on the pleasure of your company ?
J. S. White.
My Dear Jennie :
Your kind request is at hand. I shall be glad to accept it, and hope to enjoy both the lea and the chat.
My Dear Sir :
We start next Tuesday for the Catskills, by private conveyance. There is room for one more in our cat carriage, and we should be glad to have you fill the vacant space. I trust no inconvenient engagement will hinder your acceptance. Yours socially,
Mr. S. D. Henderson.
Hillsdale, Ohio, October 3, 1901. My dear Miss Barry:
In these bracing Autumn days, when the foliage is so beautiful, I
am sure you will enjoy a ride for an hour or more. It will give me
great pleasure to have your company for a ride on Saturday afternoon
next, and I hope you will have no previous engagement at that
" The Cedars." Dear Mr. Thorne :
It is, indeed, very kind of you to think of my pleasure. The prospect of a ride for Saturday afternoon is very attractive.
I shall be pleased to go with you, and shall await you at three o'clock Saturday. Sincerely,
October fourth, 1901.