Letters

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Does anyone keep letters that people write to them anymore? Does anyone get letters anymore?

I’ve been listening to biographies on tape lately. Both John Adams and Truman make extensive use of personal letters. But in order for that to have happened someone needed to save those letters. In the case of John Adams they needed to be saved for hundreds of years.

When we were cleaning out my grandparents’ house after they died we found one letter. It was sweet and romantic so that was probably why it was saved. But everyone in my family had the same reaction. We were going home and burning anything personal that we had because we didn’t want other people reading it after we were dead. Are we just weird?

I understand saving letters if you are famous and know that people will want to study you after you are dead but most of the letters in the books were from before they were famous. I hope I never get famous or I’m going to be an absolute disappointment to future historians.