Great let­ter-writ­ers of the past…

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JANE AUSTEN

‘My dear Cas­san­dra’ were the three words Austen wrote most of­ten through­out her life – she and her older sis­ter were ex­tremely close, send­ing hun­dreds of letters to one an­other re­lay­ing events and gos­sip. When Austen died, aged 41, in 1817, Cas­san­dra wrote: ‘I had not a thought con­cealed from her and in los­ing her it is as though I had lost a part of my­self.’

ROALD DAHL

De­scrib­ing his days at board­ing school, Dahl wrote, ‘Church-go­ing never be­came a habit with me. Let­ter-writ­ing did.’ When­ever he was away from home, the au­thor wrote to his mother at least once a week. Af­ter she died, 600 of his letters were re­turned to him – she had kept them all, in their en­velopes, bun­dled with green tape.

WIN­STON CHURCHILL

From the time of his lone­li­ness as a boy at preparatory school to his te­na­cious war cor­re­spon­dence and the poetic love letters to his wife, Churchill wrote thou­sands of letters. His pet budgie, Toby, of­ten stood on his desk and pecked small holes in the pa­per, lead­ing Churchill to write, ‘As you can see, Toby is send­ing you his warm re­gards.’

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