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W literary paper. A thoroughly competent lady preferred. Address D 71, Herald office, New York.

As a hundred different persons will sometimes Letters answering Advertisements.

make application for one position which will be

given to the individual writing the best letter, HE following advertisements, taken everything else being equal, this illustrates in a

from metropolitan papers, are but striking manner the importance of being able
samples of hundreds of such to be to write a letter elegantly and correctly.
seen every day in the ad-
vertising columns of the

Answer to an Advertisement for an Assistant Editor.
leading daily newspapers,
in the great cities; showing that
abundant opportunities constantly

Neaplewood, Meass., April 1, 16-.. offer for obtaining employment, the Gear Si: positions to be secured, however, by

Observing the enclosed advertisement letters making application for them.

in this marning'ó' " Herald," I imprane the

opportunity by uiting you an application for WANTED.

the place, as Jam at present disengaged." Miscellaneous

g graduated fam years ago at' Alors. Wile

lard'ó Seminary, Troy, N. Y., since which WANTED IN A GRAIN COMMISSION JOUSE time of conducted the literaire department of

Frank Leslie's "Moagazine of Fashionáp to Octalei last, when failing health, resulta ing from tao close confinement, compelled me to travel abroad, from which journey, principally

through England and France, I have just che a bauk. Aadrese, with references, 261, Journal setuined, with health completely restored.

I beg to refer yan to Slon. Leslie for testi

| monials. Being exceedingly fond of literary W planepa one who has experience and good pet pursuits, I shall be happy to occupy the post

tion you offes, if mutually agreeable.

Yours Abost Fsespectfully,

Haniet Sibley (Msay Moyrtle.)

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a smart lad for office work; must be a good penman. Address, in own handwriting, stating age and salary expected, W 32, Ledger office.


goods store. Must be accustomed to the business. Address, with refference, B 80, Picayune Office.


who writes neatly and rapidly; willing to work for moderate salary and who can bring A No. 1 recom. mendations. Address, stating experience and particu. lars, X. Y, Z., Bulletin Office.

CANTED - AN EXPERIENCED BOOKKEEPER W in a bank. Address, with references, 2 61, Journal office.

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bold, distinct hand. Salary good. Address, in applicant's own handwriting, COPY, Republican office,


pianos - one who has experience and good references. Address, stating salary expected, PIANOS, Tribune office,




young lady as a companion, to travel for six months in Europe, with a gentleman, wife and daughter, Must be a ready writer, a good conversationalist, and possess vivacity and pleasing manners, Wardrobe furnished, and money to pay all expenses. Address Z. B. M., Commercial office, stating where an interview can be bad.

General Directions.

Answering an Advertisement for a Book -keeper.

Letters in reply to advertisements should be written immediately, else you may be too late.

Paste the advertisement at the head of your letter, thus it will be known exactly what your communication has reference to.

It is not necessary to speak much in praise of yourself, but you may state your reference, your experience, and qualifications fitting you for the position, the whole being told as briefly as possible.

Write your application yourself, your handwriting and the manner of expressing yourself being the test by which the advertiser judges you. If you have written testimonials copy the same, marking them as such, and enclose the copy.

1184 Longworth St., CINCINNATI, O., May 1, 18-, DEAR SIR:

In reply to your advertisement in to-day's “Commercial" for a clerk or assistant bookkeeper, I beg to offer my services to your firm,

I have been in the employ of Mr. Wm. H. Wilson for the past four years, until he sold out his business a few days ago, having kept the books of his house during the time.

He permits me to refer to him for any testimonial of character or ability which yon may require.

Should my application meet your views it will be my earnest endeavor to faithfully and punctually fulfill the duties required. I have the honor to remain,

Yours Very Respectfully,


Answering an Advertisement for a Cook.

48 Wentworth Ave., PITTSBURGH, PA.,

March 17, 1873. MRS. D. N. Haskins, Respected Madam :

Seeing an advertisement in this morning's "Press” for a good plain and fancy cook, I take the opportunity to apply for the situation.

I have been with my present mistress, Mrs. Burton, for three years, and only leave because she bas rented her house for the summer, 10 make an extended visit among her relatives in New England.

I shall remain here until Tuesday next, unless I find a place sooner, and Mrs. Burton will give you any information you may desire regard. ing my capacity.

I remain, Very Respectfully,


From a Boy Applying for a Clerkship.

Answer to an Advertisement for a Chambermaid.

PHILADELPHIA, PA., Nov. 4, 18,

879 Market Street. DEAR SIR:

I notice in this morning's “Ledger,” your advertisement of "a boy wanted in a grain commission house," which position I take the first opportunity to apply for.

I am fourteen years old, have been at school the most of the time, winters, for the past seven years, and understand bookkeeping and conducting correspondence pretty well, having assisted my father much of the time while he was in the coal trade, which was about three years,

I am perfectly willing and ready to take my coat off and go right to work at landlid. grain or anything else in your line.

I refer you to Mr. Ira Belden, Coal Dealer, at 56 Benton street, who has always known me.

I will board at home, and will try to earn for you five dollars a week.

Very Respectfully Yours,


(Advertisement pasted in.)

Feb. 14, 18–. DEAR MADAM;

In answer to the above advertisement, I beg to state that I am about to leave my present situation, as Mrs. Harrington, with whom I have been for the past six years, is about breaking up housekeeping; and I take the opportunity to apply for the position you offer.

Mrs. Harrington assures me that she will take pleasure in recommending me to any person who may apply to her concerning my industry and trustworthiness.


Application for a Situation as Gardener.

From a Young Lady Applying for a Clerkship in a Store.

182 Murray St., BUFFALO, N. Y., May 19, 18–. DEAR SIR:

I take the earliest opportunity of replying to the enclosed advertisement.

I have been for the past two years in the employ of Bennett & Hawley, Dry Goods Dealers, 492 Camden street, rintil the dissolution of their firm, about four weeks ago. I beg to refer you, for testimonials, to Mr. Chas. H. Bennett, of the firm of Snow, Williams & Bennett, 178 Harvard street, should you entertain my application.

Your very Obedient Servant,


No. -- 7th St., NEW YORK,

June 10, 18— DEAR SIR:

Understanding that you want a gardener, I beg to offer myself as a candidate to fill the place. I bave bad constant experience for ten years, both in nursery grounds and private gardens, and am thoroughly acquainted with the management of the greenhouse and hothouse.

The enclosed testimonials from gentlemen for whom I have worked, will, I trust, prove satisfactory. My last employer, Mr. Snow, I would like to have you see personally, concerning my fitness for the position.

I am a married man, thirty-three years of age. If favorable to my application, please address as above, and oblige,

Your Obedient Servant,




the bigber English branches, and is quite fluent in Latin and German Should you complete an engagement with her I feel confident you will have every reason for being pleased with having done so.

Very Truly Yours,


Application for a Situation as Coachman.

178 -- St., Boston,

April 10, 18—
Dear Sir:

Having been informed that you are in want of a coachman, I take the liberty of enclosing you the accompanying testimonials, to which I ask your attention. Though reared in Deerfield, I have been in Boston for the past fourteen years, having constantly had charge of horses during that time, as I did on the farm before leaving home.

As further evidence of my ability, I may mention that I had chief charge of the Tremont Street Livery Stable until the death of the owner, Mr. Paxton, after which the stock was sold and the stable closed.

Should my application meet your favor, I shall be glad to engage as your coachman,.and will do all in my power to merit your approval.

Yours Respectfully,


Unfavorable Reply to the Foregoing.


July 21, 18
Dear Madam:

In reply to your polite enquiries I am sorry to say that the educational acquirements of Miss Chandler, I fear, will not be up to the standard you require. While she has taught the higher English for some years, knowing, as I do, the proficiency of your daughters, I doubt if she is capable of advancing them in their studies. Another very unfortunate fault of which she is possessed, which causes me to dispense with ber services at the close of the prcsent term, is her failure to sufficiently command her temper. In other respects I have nothing to say to her prejudice.

Regretting that I cannot give a more favorable reply to your letter, I remain,

Your Most Obedient Servant,


Application from a Governess Answering an Advertisement.

(Advertisement pasted in.)
No. 784 — St., TROY, N. Y.,

July 18, 18–..
Dear Madam:

In answer to the above, I would say that I am seeking such a situation as you offer. My present term of teaching will close August 15th, at which time I would be ready to enter upon the work of superintending the education of your Caughters.

I bave, for several years, taught the higher Engiizh studies, besides German, Latin, and Drawing. For testimonials, I beg to refer you to the principal of my school, Rev. H. B. Watson.

Hoping that I may hear from you soon, and that we may make an arrangement mutually satisfactory, I remain,

Very Respectfully Yours,


Answering an Advertisement for an Apprentice to a


(Advertisement pasted in.) MRS. HARRIET MUNSON,

CHICAGO, ILL., Aug. 1, 18, Dear Jadam:

In answer to the above I respectfully apply for the situation.

Though I never took up the business as a trade, I have long been in the habit of doing all the dressmaking for our family and feel myself competent to do all plainer kinds of sewing neatly and rapidly.

Having recently, by the death of an only brother, been thrown upon my own resources, I am thus induced to seek a position which I think I will enjoy. Hoping that you will accept my services, I remain,

Very Respectfully Yours,


Requesting the Character of a Governess.

No. 84 ------ St., Troy, N. Y.

- July 19, 18—, Rey, H. B. Watson, Principal, Glenhaven Seminary.

My Dear Sir:

Having inserted an advertisement in the papers requiring the services of a governess competent to instruct my two daughters, I will esteem it a great favor if you will inform me concerning the ability of Miss Chandler to give instructions in the higher English studies, German and Drawing, she having referred me to you.

I am especially desirous of securing the services of a young lady whose moral influence will guard my children from danger -- one whose amiability of character will make her a pleasant companion as well as teacher. I am much pleased with the appearance of Miss Chandler, and, if your report is favorable, I shall not hesitate to per. fect an engagement with her at once.

Yours Very Respcctfully,


Answer to an Advertisement for a Music Teacher.


June 9, 18—,
Dear Sir:

Seeing your advertisement in to-day's Journal, I write to offer my services as music teacher in your family.

I am a graduate of Music Vale Seminary, and have taught a music class in this institution for the past three terms. My training has been with special reference to teaching the piano, the guitar, and vocal music.

I am permitted by Professor Weston, the teacher of music in the Academy, to refer to him for any testimonial of ability. I am,

Yours Very Respectfully,


Favorable Reply to the Foregoing.


July 21, 18—
Dear Madam:

Your letter of enquiry in regard to Miss Chandler, is before me, in reply to which it affords me much pleasure to bear testimony to the high moral character and superior intellectual culture of which she is possessed. During five years' residence in our family she bas ever been as one of our own household, and I can thus speak understandingly of her merits. She is thoroughly conversant with

Answering an Advertisement for an Apprentice to a Printer.


Feb. 4, 18—
Dear Sir:

Having seen your advertisement in the last Eagle, I would reepectfully apply for the position for my son Henry who is anxious to learn printing. He is well versed in the common English branches, having been regular in attendance at the public school for the past seven years. He is now fifteen.

I would like to have you take him on trial for a few weeks, and, if he pleases you, will arrange to have him remain until he masters the trade.

Respectfully Yours,



Recommending a Book-keeper.

WHITEHALL, N. Y., Sept. 10, 18— Mr. Ransom Fellows having been in my employ for the past two years as a bookkeeper, it gives me great pleasure to testify to his ability. He is an upright, conscientious, exemplary young man, a good penman and accountant, and a most faithful clerk. He leaves my employ voluntarily, with my best wishes.


NOWLEDGE of persons recommended, of their fitness and capacity for the work they engage in, is always

essential, before they can be conscientiously commended to others.

A letter of recommendation should be written in a plain hand, in as few words as can be used to express the idea distinctly.

A recommendation, after considering the moral character of the individual, should relate directly to the work of which the person makes a specialty.

An individual giving a recommendation is, in a certain sense, responsible for the character and ability of the person recommended ; hence, certificates of character should be given with caution and care.

Recommending a Waiter.

Aug. 11, 18—. Arthur Brooks, who has been in my employ for two years, has given entire satisfaction, both to myself and guests, as a table waiter. Honest, obliging, and neat, it affords me pleasure, as he now leaves my employ, to commend him as a first-class hotel waiter.


Steward Tremont House.

Recommending a Cook.

HARRISBURG, PA., Dec. 20, 18—. This is to certify that Catharine Miller did the cooking for my family some ten months, to my entire satisfaction, serving me both as a plain and fancy cook. She is very attentive to her work, and strictly honest and reliable.


Recommending a Salesman.

SYRACUSE, N. Y., April 10, 18—
Dear Sirs:

Your favor of the 4th inst., relative to the ability of Mr. Benjamin Walker, is received. We take great pleasure in testifying to his high moral worth and his business capacity. He was in our employ for four years, as a salesman, during which time his affability and uniform courtesy to customers, coupled with his truthful representations in regard to goods, made him a universal favorite.

Accurate in accounts, ready and graceful as a penman, attentive and kind to all, he is a most useful man in the counting room, and the firm securing his services may be congratulated on their good fortune.

Very Truly Yours,


Recommending a Washerwoman.

NEW ORLEANS, La., May 7, 18, This certifies that Hannah Webber, who has been employed in my laundry for the past year, is an excellent washer and ironer, understanding fine starching, c-imping, polishing, etc.


Recommending a Porter.

CHARLESTON, S. C., Sept. 18, 18 Donald Kennedy, the bearer of this, has been in my employ, as a porter, for the last eighteen months. He is a strong, honest, reliable man, and always very punctual, careful, and faithful in the discharge of his duty.

John H. BLISS.

Recommending a Schoolmistress.


March 1, 18-
Dear Sir:

It gives me pleasure, in reply to your note of the 24th ult., to most cordially recommend Miss Fannie Chapman to the position of teacher of your village school.

As a graduate of this Seminary, and subsequently as a teacher, much of the time conducting the various classes alone, she has proven her. self thoroughly competent to conduct a school under almost any circumstances.

Though very amiable, she is a strict disciplinarian, and thoroughly conversant with the ordinary branches of an English education.

Yours Respectfully,


Principal Glen Dale Seminary.

Declining to Recommend a Cook.

SAVANNAI, GA., Oct. 10, 18“, MRS. BALLARD:

In reply to your note of enquiry, I decline to recommend Bridget Mellory. She is both dishonest and addicted to intemperance.




Letters of Sympathy.


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Reply to the Foregoing.
LETTER of sympathy and condo-

COLUMBUS, O., Oct. 20, 18— lence, though unpleasant to write,

MY DEAR FRIEND: may afford inexpressible comfort

I can scarcely express to you how grateful I

am for your sympathizing letter, yet the loss of my husband has so to a friend in the hour of affliction.

prostrated me that I am hardly able to write this reply. Make your letter as brief, but

My friends assure me that time will reconcile me to my great

bereavement. Yes, time, and the great consolation that you speak of, earnest and sincere, as possible.

which comes from the hope that we will meet our friends in a world Do not commit the mistake of where partings are no more, will, I trust, enable me to bear my sorrow.

God bless you for your thought of me in the dark hours, and your insinuating that the misfortune is the fault of |

sweet words of consolation, your friend. Better leave the letter unwritten.

Your Friend,

CLARA WAYLAND. Admit the loss. Do not attempt to make light of it. If you are satisfied that it will

To a Friend on the Death of a Mother. eventuate in a blessing, you may gently point

EVANSVILLE, TENN., Oct. 16, 18—.. the way, but with a full admission of the pre FRIEND ALBERT:

I have just learned, on my return from a visit sent deep affliction.

in the far west, of the death of your mother. Having suffered the loss of my mother when a child, I know how to sympathize with you in your amiction; though, fortunately for you, your mother lived to guide the footsteps of her boy till manhood's years had crowned his intellect with judgment, and fixed moral principles. It can truly

be said, that in the training of her family, in the church, in the To a friend on the Death of a Husband.

social circle, she always did her duty nobly, and was an ornament to

society. Ripened in years, and fully prepared for another state of NEWARK, O., Oct. 18, 18.

existence, she passes on now to enjoy the reward of a life well spent DEAR FRIEND:

on earth. I know that no words can make amends for the

Restored to maidenhood prime, we cannot doubt that in the flowery great loss you have sustained. I deeply realize, from having passed

walks of spirit life she is the same good woman that we knew so well through a similar bereavement, that expressions of condolence wholly

here. fail to restore the loved and lost one, yet I cannot but hope that the

Truly Yours, heartfelt sympathy of a sincere friend will not be deemed intrusion on


HARTLEY JONES. your grief.

Belle Plain, Miss. It has well been said, that “we weep for the loved and lost because we know that our tears are in vain." I would ease your sorrow, and yet I know not how. We can only acknowledge that the afliction is

To a Friend on the Death of a Brother. God's will. Over in the beautiful land to which I trust your life companion has gone, we may not doubt, he is free from the pains that he

LEXINGTON, Mo., Dec. 10, 18—, : so long endured here; and when we gather at the river, is it not a sweet DEAR HENRY: consolation to think, that among the loved and lost he may meet you

I have learned of the death of your brother with on the other side!

profound regret. I condole with you most sincerely on the sad event, Commending you to Him who doeth all things well, I remain, in the and if sympathy of friends can be any consolation under the trying tenderest friendship,

circumstances, be assured that all who knew him share in your sorrow Your Sincere Friend,

for his loss. There is, however, a higher source of consolation than

WINFIELD BROWN. earthly friendship, and commending you to that, I remain,

Yours Faithfully,
Columbus, O.


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