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To my dear Ms Blanch

Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement.  Indeed, thank you for your attendance at our humble workshop.

I must confess, over the past few months in the Dead Letter Office, Miss Wagner and I have often been plagued by self-doubt.  We fretted that our presentation might appear ‘school-marmish’ or conceited, or even simply irrelevant.  While our research is naturally of deep interest to ourselves, we feared that our passions might only be of passing interest to others.

So, you can imagine the joy that we felt when our modest presentation met with your enthusiastic reception.  We are so thrilled that we could take your creative mind and obvious talent with words away from the gruelling task of washing the lacy tablecloths of others. 

Thank you so much for sharing your letters with us.  We will proudly present them in our upcoming edition of our letter-writing manual.

We remain, as always, your humble and faithful servants.

Sincerely Yours

Ethel May Beeton


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Dear Ms Beaton and Ms Wagner,

Firstly, I must ask for your forgiveness, as I have not been educated in the art of ‘good and proper’ letter writing given my humble beginnings into this world. I do hope my innocent attempt does not insult you. You have inspired me on this very day when I attended your workshop at the Ivanhoe library. Your grace and wit was a delight to hear. My long-suffering ears are punished with the bawdiness of the drinking houses since childhood and letter writing was far from conversation. Your knowledge of etiquette, your grace of sharing has left me with a longing to practice this art form. I wish to thank you also for the eloquent setting and music. Those beautiful lace table pieces (which I have dreamed of owning instead of washing and ironing them for others) somehow added to the beauty of our meeting. I do hope my humble letter meets with your approval. May your days be filled with future adventures at the DLO.

Sincerely Yours

Ms Rosemary Blanch

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Miss Beeton and Miss Wagner were most surprised to receive such a dramatic letter from Sir Walter Really.  They had previously assumed that Sir Walter was leading a life of luxury in some inner-suburban mansion.  They had no idea that he was in such dire circumstances.  This letter further illustrates the supreme comfort that can be found by communicating with others through carefully crafted correspondence.

Dear Miss Ethel May Beeton and Miss Dolores Wagner

First I must thank you both for reacquainting me with the simple art of hand-written correspondence.  The pleasure it has afforded me in recent days has been, at once, effortless and sublime.

A lonely candle dispels a chilly night, and my hands are unsteady from exhaustion.  It is nearing the eighth month, 1618, and the night air has already turned to chill.  Another month and the roads will be nothing but frost and I fear I will not survive a full winter in this place…if I am afforded that opportunity.

But, silly me, I race ahead too fast and you must be nauseous with confusion.  For I think it is the case that I did not convey to you the gravity of my current predicament in previous correspondence.

Suffice it to say that my situation is not good.  Simply put, had I not caused outrage to arise in the Honourable Spanish Ambassador at the culmination of my last voyage, I would, right this minute, be beside a fire place cradling an exotic cognac and coveting the company of my darling wife.  Yes!  That is where I would be and not in this prison cell.

Shall I like a hermit dwell

On a rock or in a cell

Tarry not on the darkness of my disposition.  I have not decided to write to you of my woes.  I write to recount my glory days.  To rejoice and to savour fond memories rekindled at the end of this quill.  To distract myself from the inevitability of my future and to give me something meaningful to do while I enjoy the world’s finest tobacco – smuggled in, my dears, from my private stash by guards easily bribed.

I shall write again before my time is up.

Sincerely Yours

Sir Walter Really

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Miss Beeton and Miss Wagner recently featured in the Heidelberg Leader:  http://heidelberg-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/actors-bring-snail-mail-out-of-its-shell

They received some kind words of encouragement and have written to thank the sender.

Dear Tina

First, let me thank you for your kind words of encouragement.  We too believe that the joy of writing a letter is in the careful consideration of the reader.  Thank you as well for the recommendation of the ‘The Things Unsaid’.  While Miss Wagner and I are very strict about epistolary etiquette, we always maintain that there is nothing more beautiful in letter-writing than the truth.  It is heartening to see in this project such forthright expression of true feelings in the form of letters.

Perhaps we might humbly recommend our own blog, https://inthedeadletteroffice.wordpress.com?  I trust that you will not think us to forward.

We remain, as always, your loyal letter-writing servants.

E M Beeton and D Wagner

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To my dear Miss Wagner,

What a happy occasion my birthday was! It meant so much to me that you were present at my party.

I confess that my initial [crossed out] anxiety at the quantity of food available for my guests, initially married my enjoyment of the occasion. So it was with great gratitude that I saw you, heavy trays in your capable hands, offering hors d’euvres [sp] to all the assembled guests. No doubt without your catering expertise, these delicacies would have gone unconsumed.

And when, at the height of the evening, all my guests were assembled in teh one room, and I saw so many friends and family gathered together, it was a truly heartwarming experience. I am so glad that you were able to attend.

I trust that you are well and that we can see each other again soon.


Ethel May Beeton

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Miss Beeton was recently invited to play at a musical recital, organised by her brother.  To her dismay, she has realised that her brother advertised this as an open event on Facebook.  Added to this, the venue is the cellar under her brother’s house, accessed via a large trapdoor and a three metre ladder.  Miss Beeton writes to caution her brother as to the safety of this scheme.

To my dear brother

How pleased I was to receive your invitation to your musical soiree!  I would be honoured to join your quartet.

Only one thing mars the pleasure of your happy invitation.  I note that you have publicised this Friday’s festivities as an open event on Facebook.  While I am, as much as any other, a fan of a raucous party, I find the logistics of this event a little troubling.  What measures have you taken to ensure that this event does not get out of hand?  More importantly, how will you prevent tipsy visitors from toppling into your trapdoor?

I do not mean to dissuade you from hosting these musical events, my dear brother.  I know you to be a man of tact and thoughtfulness, so I trust that you will consider these issues and take measures to ensure the safety of your guests. 

I enclose a small poem on the nature of music that you may find amusing.

The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted.

(from The Merchant of Venice)

I remain, as always, yours truly

Ethel May

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Dear Sir

How pleased I was to hear of your interest in our humble endeavours! I know that my dear colleague, Miss Wagner, has written to you already of the features of good letter-writing. She has a great talent in these matters, and she possesses a formidable knowledge of epistolary etiquette.

Given this, I wish only to add a few notes on the proper appearance of letters, which you might collate with Miss Wagner’s suggestions.

I Choose a fine note-paper. White or cream is best.

II Marry this with a bold black ink.

III Think of your hand as you would the quality of your speaking voice. Write each letter boldly, and avoid imitating the affectations of others.

IV Try to write with a good pen. Never blame a sloppy appearance on a bad pen – a gentleman must learn to write with both.

V Avoid gold-edged note-paper and cheap perfumes. Both are merely tawdry.

With care, the physical appearance of letters can match the elegance of your prose. Though, of course, nothing is more beautiful than the truth, especially when it is written from the heart.

I invite you to write again of your thoughts on this project, and to share with us the fruits of your letter-writing endeavours.

Believe me, dear sir, to be yours truly.

Ethel May Beeton

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