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Letter Writing in the Regency

According to Georgette Heyer’s Regency World, letter-writing was a favorite Regency pastime — albeit a pricey one. The recipient bore the cost of delivery, which was calculated by the distance the courier had to travel. Long-winded epistles faced surcharges: the cost doubled for a second sheet of paper. People became quite crafty in using every bit of space a sheet of paper afforded. Some ladies were known to write horizontally, vertically and diagonally across the page. Envelopes didn’t exist, so letters were folded and sealed with a dab of melted wax.

I’d also like to send a big thank you—all the way to Australia—to Jennifer Kloester, author of Georgette Heyer’s Regency World, for so generously giving permission to use her definitive guide in the course of writing the pieces for The Regency.

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