The AMA Handbook of Business Letters

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CHAPTER 17

Social, Personal, and
Miscellaneous Letters

Every professional knows that some occasions that call for a letter have little to do with specific business matters like closing a big sale or acquiring a small company. Often, the professional must write letters for a variety of social and personal occasions. At such times, the rules of effective letter writing apply as much as they do in more business-related letters.

The sample letters in this chapter consist of the types professionals may often find themselves needing to write. The letters here were written by professionals for a diverse range of social and personal occasions. The letters can serve as ideal models on which to base your own social and personal letters.


Thank-You Letters

Sample Letters 17.1 through 17.19 are all examples of thank-you letters that were written for a variety of reasons. Thanking someone for something is not only courteous, it also builds goodwill with the person you are thanking. Forget what you see on the big screen about corporate megalomaniacs seizing fortunes and building fiefdoms. In the professional world, manners never hurt.

Sample Letter 17.1 was written to thank someone for a personal favor. The letter writer clearly expresses gratitude to the letter reader without getting schmaltzy. She thanks him, wishes him well, and closes.

Sample Letter 17.2 was written to thank someone for her hospitality. Here too the letter writer expresses gratitude, specifically mentioning what he is thanking the reader for.

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