N. Y.

In writing to the President the superscription on the envelope should be

To the President,

Executive Mansion,

Washington, D. C.

Professional men such as doctors and lawyers as well as those having

legitimately earned College Degrees may be addressed on the envelopes by

their titles, as

Jonathan Janeway, M. D.

Hubert Houston, B. L.

Matthew Marks, M. A., etc.

The residence of the person addressed should be plainly written out in

full. The street and numbers should be given and the city or town written

very legibly. If the abbreviation of the State is liable to be confounded

or confused with that of another then the full name of the State should

be written. In writing the residence on the envelope, instead of putting

it all in one line as is done at the head of a letter, each item of the

residence forms a separate line. Thus,


Sullivan County,

New York.

215 Minna St.,

San Francisco,


There should be left a space for the postage stamp in the upper right

hand corner. The name and title should occupy a line that is about

central between the top of the envelope and the bottom. The name should

neither be too much to right or left but located in the centre, the

beginning and end at equal distances from either end.

In writing to large business concerns which are well known or to public

or city officials it is sometimes customary to leave out number and street.


Messrs. Seigel, Cooper Co.,

New York City,

Hon. William J. Gaynor,

New York City.


Notes may be regarded as letters in miniature confined chiefly to

invitations, acceptances, regrets and introductions, and modern etiquette

tends towards informality in their composition. Card etiquette, in fact,

has taken the place of ceremonious correspondence and informal notes are

now the rule. Invitations to dinner and receptions are now mostly written

on cards. "Regrets" are sent back on visiting cards with just the one

word "Regrets" plainly written thereon. Often on cards and notes of

invitation we find the letters R. S. V. P. at the bottom. These letters

stand for the French repondez s'il vous plait, which means "Reply, if

you please," but there is no necessity to put this on an invitation card

as every well-bred person knows that a reply is expected. In writing

notes to young ladies of the same family it should be noted that the

eldest daughter of the house is entitled to the designation Miss without

any Christian name, only the surname appended. Thus if there are three

daughters in the Thompson family Martha, the eldest, Susan and Jemina,

Martha is addressed as Miss Thompson and the other two as Miss Susan

Thompson and Miss Jemina Thompson respectively.

Don't write the word addressed on the envelope of a note.

Don't seal a note delivered by a friend.

Don't write a note on a postal card.

Here are a few common forms:--

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