Phrases with "letter"

Thomas Hardy The rumor which agitated the other folk of Hintock had reached the young girl, and she was penning a letter to Fitzpiers, to tell him that Mrs. Charmond wore her hair. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

The Duke, assuring her that the letter was genuine, begged her to forget the past. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Arthur Conan Doyle He had drawn a letter from his pocket. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

D. H. Lawrence In the morning, very early, they left for Scarborough, leaving a letter for the sleeping Tommy. In Scarborough they went to the registrar’s office: they could be married in a fortnight’s time. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins If, on the other hand, the American’s fatal advice was followed, the next morning’s post might bring a letter from Jervy to Mrs. Farnaby — with this disastrous result. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony Trollope Then why urge him on to tasks for which he was by nature unfitted? And yet there was much in his old friend’s letter which moved him. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Mary’s letter immediately kindled in her a spark that should soon blaze high. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

It was a letter from what seemed to be a firm of solicitors, and it was addressed from the same street as Rowbottom’s Hotel, I noticed. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Thomas Hardy As we can’t complete it for another day or two, a letter might be sent to them and their answer received? I have a mind to write. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

George Gissing After brooding a day or two on this idea he procured a sheet of the cheapest note-paper and sat down in his bedroom, high up at Chaffey’s, to compose a letter for his daughter’s behoof. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

The letter was in Di’s pocket, but she dared not give it to him, for though it contained nothing to agitate him, she knew that the fact that she had opened it would raise a whirlwind. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anthony Trollope She got as far as ‘My dear Captain Aylmer,’ and then she found that the letter was one which could not be written very easily. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen Without reading the letter through he folded and addressed it to: Miss Selina Boyle, Bristol. As he finished he looked round, for he heard the door softly open. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

He is a brute to have written a letter like that and it shows him up as a man of despicable character. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anthony Trollope It would have been impossible for me to write such a letter as that. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Dear George,—This is the first letter I have written to you as your wife, and it will be very sad. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

John Galsworthy Timothy is still at Brighton. Hester had a letter from him yesterday in which he said that he had walked up to the Devil’s Punchbowl and that it had done his liver good. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

George Eliot But thou hast spoken well, Romola. I will dictate a letter to Bartolommeo, which Maso shall carry. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Elizabeth Gaskell No one seems to know where John Barton is, else I thought of getting Morris to write him a letter telling him about Mary. I wish he was home, that I do!” Jem could not echo this wish. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Henry James She folded the letter and handed it back to him. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Theodore Dreiser Now and then some subtlety of life would confuse his really limited intellect; but in all such cases there was the letter of the law. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Machen My p’s and b’s would wobble and bend till they looked like f’s and v’s, if I tried to halve a letter I quartered it. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

R. D. Blackmore Then he read his letter of instructions once more, and could not but admire the nice brevity of these, and the skillful style of hinting much and declaring very little. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Eliot He knew she had not had time to read the letter, but he did not know she was buoyed up by a secret hope that the letter would contradict everything he had said. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Anna Katherine Green As she did so she was approached by Reuther who handed her a letter which had just been delivered. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

E. F. Benson But no letter came and Elizabeth in turn began to be terrified that the offer would be withdrawn. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Anthony Trollope He longed to be writing a letter to the bishop. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Thus it happened that Lord Caranby, who was very ill and confined to his rooms, received a letter from Maraquito, asking him to invite Miss Saxon to a meeting with the writer. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

George Meredith Oh capital! At Milano I wait—I enquire—till a letter from old Belloni, and I learn I am your fool—of you all! Jomp in. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith Charles’s subsequently received letter explained the ‘receive company. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Thornton saw a letter addressed to himself on the table. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Guy de Maupassant The fish-curer used every Sunday to have several cousins to dinner, and they were having coffee, when a man came in with a letter in his hand. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

George Gissing He in turn wrote a letter of three full sheets, wherein, among other lyrical extravagances, he expressed a wish that by dying a death of slow torture he could endow Miss Sparkes with fabulous wealth. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Thomas Hardy On a certain day in February — the cheerful day of St. Valentine, in fact — a letter reached Mrs. Fitzpiers, which had been mentally promised her for that particular day a long time before. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

She wrote a letter to her uncle Leopold, and a hurried note to her sister Feodora. A letter came from the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, announcing his approaching arrival. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

H.P. Lovecraft This letter reached me on the 28th of August, and I prepared and mailed as encouraging a reply as I could. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Wilkie Collins He looked round once or twice at the enclosed letter from Mr. Thorpe to his son, which lay close by on the table — but did not destroy it; did not so much as touch it even. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Yet on the face of it the very idea seemed monstrous and Dan scorned himself for his folly as he wrote the letter to Penn. Nevertheless, something stronger than himself drove him to post the letter. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope But had this letter been sent it would have been almost impossible for the girl afterwards to extricate herself from its obligations. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The post-mark? Yes, it was London, E.C. But if Kate addressed a letter to Mrs. Mutimer it must be with sinister design, a design not at all difficult to imagine. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. Rider Haggard She took it, and then in a second the letter turned to a great snake, with George’s head, that threw its coils around her and struck at her with its fangs. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle The baronet’s pale face had taken a tinge of red, and he was striding furiously up and down the bedroom with a letter crumpled up in his hand. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Four of these men were our Musketeers, preparing to listen to a letter one of them had just received. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

At this point Dorothy tore the letter up in disappointment and even in annoyance. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins The reply arrived immediately in these terms: “Your letter received, dear girl. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

DEAR SIR, PYOTR IVANITCH! I got your letter yesterday, I read it and was perplexed. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

Wilkie Collins I knew where the post-office was, and slipped out in the morning unobserved and dropped my letter in the box. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Anthony Trollope She always addressed an attorney by letter as Mister, raising up her eyebrows when appealed to on the matter, and explaining that an attorney is not an esquire. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Charles Dickens I tried to make the letter M.’ ‘Ran away, a negro man named Henry; his left eye out, some scars from a dirk on and under his left arm, and much scarred with the whip. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Anthony Trollope As to those spaces on which the letter R was written, she kept them very sacred. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

The letter concluded as follows: ‘Marius Haraldsen was known to many as one of the most successful prospectors and operators in the early days of the South African gold-fields. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

George Gissing The letter came five days after Annabel’s arrival in London, and was short. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Judge, then, how welcome your ladyship’s letter was to me. The Life and Letters of John Gay by Lewis Melville

A letter also came to me; from Lady Bevere asking what the matter was that I did not write, and whether Roger was worse. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Thomas Hardy The letter was brought to Owen Graye, the same afternoon, by one of the vicar’s servants who had been to the box with a duplicate key, as usual, to leave letters for the evening post. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry James It means that one answers a letter the day one gets it and that when one comes to stay with her one doesn’t bring too much luggage and is careful not to be taken ill. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

If he had insisted upon the letter being given up to him, I would have presented the letter to him with one hand, and with the other I would have run my sword through his body. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Conan Doyle Within a week of his death Captain Morstan’s daughter receives a valuable present, which is repeated from year to year and now culminates in a letter which describes her as a wronged woman. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

John Galsworthy Annette crumpled the letter in her hand. To Let by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Adeline Roberts, honestly appalled at my situation, felt it her duty to write me a letter, a most kind and affectionate letter of religious exhortation. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The earliest fragment of his writing now extant is a letter to his uncle Robert Manning, at that time in Raymond, Maine, written from Salem, December 9, 1813. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Meredith Emilia’s lips broke to the second letter of the alphabet; but she cut short the word. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

To send the letter was an easy matter; to recover it again, after having communicated it, that was the difficulty. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anson was going to leave the letter of farewell at her house next morning. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

I willingly make the sacrifice of it to my misery! “RAOUL, VICOTME DE BRAGELONNE.” “The letter reads very well,” said the captain. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

I jumped at this news, and said, “Of course, they are there; do let me send a letter to them. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

E. F. Benson No doubt I consciously or subconsciously expected a letter from him, and this suggested to me my dream. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Now, Mr Carlyle, where are we in this business?” “I have your letter of yesterday. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Thomas Hardy He waited and waited to hear from Johns whether the wedding-day was fixed: but no letter came. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Wilkie Collins The nature of the errand was to take a letter to her bookseller, and to bring back the books which she had ordered. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Kate Chopin She sat in the sofa corner reading Robert’s letter by the fading light. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Marjorie Bowen This was not much in the way of a love letter, nor even of a letter from a friend, but Lucille Debelleyme knew the man with whom she dealt, she was satisfied. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

To read her letter again I had stolen to my nook, and now, sure that none saw me kiss it, I replaced it in my bosom. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Wilkie Collins The letter was delivered by the servant. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

She administered what restoratives she had at hand, and presently the constantly moving lips got out the words, “Read it;” and Colonel Tempest pointed to a letter on the floor. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

DEAR JOHN: I feel that I owe you a letter because you have been so patient. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins What are you fretting about now?” “Suppose my letter has never reached him?” “Why should you suppose anything of the sort?” “What I wrote required an answer, Lucy —asked for an answer. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

George Meredith The letter had not won a reply. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

While Oliver, as the days went on, was feverishly looking out, morning after morning, for the remittance from Tours, he received a letter to say it was not coming. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Joseph Furphy Also there’s a letter for you at Lochleven Station. Two items. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Wilkie Collins I gave him a letter of introduction to the proprietor of the picture — then on the point of applying for help to London. You have heard of Lord Dalton’s famous gallery. Love's Random Shot by Wilkie Collins [1884]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I wrote it just the way I talk, just the way I wrote that letter to him. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope The letter was to be written and posted that afternoon, and then shown to her father. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Thomas Hardy There was, as she had hoped, a letter from Swithin St. Cleeve. ‘DEAR LADY CONSTANTINE — I have quite succeeded in my mission, and shall return tomorrow at 10 p. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope Not the slightest allusion was made either to Gertrude or Alaric, except that which might seem to be conveyed in the intimation that he could make no more visits to Hampton. This letter was very cold. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry James It was as impossible to imagine her ever vaguely sighing as to imagine a letter posted without its address. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

I had such a letter from her next day — spelling bad, but full of kind feelinggiving me a full account of the row, and old Pew’s detestable conduct. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Guy de Maupassan As he opened the door of his study, he saw a letter on the table. The Orderly by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Instead of putting the letter in the post, he took a ticket at the railway-station — for what place the servant was unable to discover. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope So Polly was told to write the letter, and after many expressions of surprise, Polly wrote the letter that evening. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope That same evening she wrote a letter to her lawyer, telling him that she was very anxious to oblige her brother, if the security was good. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Wilkie Collins When a letter reaches him, it is his wise custom to look at the signature first. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

She left the letter upon the desk, and, rising from her seat, looked round the room — looked with a long, lingering gaze, that dwelt on each familiar object. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

It was a letter three months old, signed “Julia.” Catching sight of his name in it he read it. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins The waiter enters the room with a letter for me, and announces that the bearer waits to know if there is any answer. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Charles Dickens The letter Toby had received from Alderman Cute, was addressed to a great man in the great district of the town. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Wilkie Collins MY DEAR MARY, I received your letter yesterday, and was more glad than I can say, at hearing that our darling girl Susan has got such a good place in London, and likes her new mistress so well. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Of the four banknotes which had come to me in Duncan Rothwell’s letter about fifteen pounds remained. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

She stood where he had left her, with her hand pressed upon the pocket which contained the letter of introduction. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

He had no illusions as to its possible success, but, on the other hand, he knew that he could not lose any money on it, so he wrote a letter to the author inviting him to an interview. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

George Borrow In Valladolid I found both an English and Scotch College. From my obliging friends, the Irish at Salamanca, I bore a letter of introduction to the rector of the latter. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Leo Tolstoy The letter was a very important one to a friend, asking him to bid for him for a picture of the Madonna which was to be offered for sale at an auction. There are No Guilty People by Leo Tolstoy

George Gissing Late the same night Sidney penned a letter to Michael Snowdon. In the morning he read it over, and instead of putting it into an envelope, locked it away in one of his drawers. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Caroline Lamb There, unhappily, she found a letter from her lover—all kindness, all warmth. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

A letter from the president was then read from the pulpit. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Yours respectfully, Sick-of-it-all Miss Lonelyhearts threw the letter into an open drawer and lit a cigarette. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

It is easy to gather from Madame Necker’s letter that she was very glad to show Mr. Gibbon that for going farther and not marrying him she had not fared worse. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Leon Trotsky Foreign journalists were sending dispatches, and it became quite impossible to conceal the letter any longer. My Life by Leon Trotsky

You have had a letter from Miss de Barral. What does that letter say?” “She asks for her valise to be sent to her town address,” Mrs. Fyne uttered reluctantly and stopped. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Then I got the woman in the shop to oblige me with a stamp, and not until I had safely deposited the letter in a pillar box did I feel secure and free from any charge the future might bring. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

He has not been there since the beginning of Charlotte’s illness, and there has been no letter or message for Orcott since your wedding-day. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing You will be able to send a letter that I shall get by the first post in the morning. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Thomas Hardy The morning (Sunday) brought a hurried postscript to Owen’s letter of the day before:— ‘September 9, 1865. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Charles Dudley Warner In a letter to Miss Fairlie, written from Richmond, where he was attending the trial of Aaron Burr, he expresses his exalted opinion of the sex. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Anthony Hope Listen! I know you, Mr. Rassendyll. I wrote that letter at the duke’s orders. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Edith Wharton Her first conscious thought was that she had not broken her word, that she had fulfilled the very letter of their bargain. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins Did she believe me? or did she still doubt? Before I could decide, she took a letter from her pocket, opened it, and handed it to me. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Gertrude Stein I say luckily small because the banks would not give large sums but my letter of credit was so small and so almost used up that they without hesitation gave me all that there was left of it. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

She was seemingly happy and had been writing a letter — a letter to me which they never forwarded. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Oscar Wilde When I called on him again his servant told me that he had gone to Germany. Two years afterwards, as I was going into my club, the hall-porter handed me a letter with a foreign postmark. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

Wilkie Collins Another surprise! The handwriting was simply irreproachable — the lines running perfectly straight, and every letter completely formed. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing On one of those occasions she was engaged on a letter to her mother; he inquired to whom she was writing, and for reply she merely held out the sheet for his perusal. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins The letter which had been handed to him on board the yacht was from his third partner, Mr. Branca, and was thus expressed: “A crisis in the trade. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Edith Wharton She read the letter with a rush; then she went over and over it, each time more slowly and painstakingly. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

It was the letter his wife had left for him. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Rudyard Kipling If only, like the Babu, he could enjoy the dignity of a letter and a number — and a price upon his head! Some day he would be all that and more. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Edith Wharton Granice stared a moment at these oddly associated objects; then he took the letter from under the string and slowly began to open it. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Virginia Woolf Extract from a letter sent a few days later by Mrs. Hilbery to her sister-in-law, Mrs. Milvain: “ . Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Gaston Leroux But I was already behind him, revolver in hand, shouting ‘Help!’ “Like an arrow I crossed the room, but noticed a letter on the table as I rushed. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Robert Louis Stevenson I showed my way of thought to his guest, Count Wachtmeister, whom I have sent to you with a letter — he will tell you all the news. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

He had called to modify his agent’s letter about the mantelpieces. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Anthony Trollope And now this letter had come — a letter which he could not put away in anger, a letter which he could not ignore. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope On the day after he received Caroline’s letter he shut up Coke upon Lyttleton for that term, and shook the dust off his feet on the threshold of Mr. Die’s chambers. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Jane Austen For a few days, every morning visit in Highbury included some mention of the handsome letter Mrs. Weston had received. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

The letter I received from your employers told me you were a gentleman. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Alfred Tennyson But public use required she should be known; And since my oath was ta’en for public use, I broke the letter of it to keep the sense. The Princess by Alfred Tennyson [1847]

George Gissing About six weeks ago I received a letter from a lady who referred to my advertisements, and said she had the manuscript of a novel which she would like to offer for my opinion. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing He told me I had lied to him about a letter that girl wrote from Brussels; she has made him think her a spotless innocent, and he hates me for the truth I told about her. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Meredith The letter was cast back into the box, locked up; there an end to it, or no interdiction of sleep. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

The letter concluded: “You must come and stay at our house; we shall charge you half what you will have to pay at the Royal, and the view is every bit as good. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Anthony Trollope Long as his own letter was, he said nothing in it as to his suit, confining himself to a request that she should see him. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens I carried the letter in to the Major at his breakfast and I says tottering “Major I have not the courage to take it up to her. Mrs. Lirriper’s Lodgings by Charles Dickens [1863]

The letter called attention to the fly — and that an artificial one — on Sir Charles’s neck near the poisoned wound, and declared that such was the sign-manual of the accursed society. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Arthur Machen A final decision was promised in a week’s time, and the letter ended with apologies for the delay and a hope that he had suffered no inconvenience. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Anthony Trollope After reading the letter once she read it a dozen times; and then, like a woman, made up her mind that her safest course would be not to answer it. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Then it was quite a minute before he remembered the letter he had been cajoled into giving up to Larose and he would have whistled in dismay if he had not realised where he was. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

William Morris In England about this time, an attempt was made (notably by Caslon, who started business in London as a type-founder in 1720) to improve the letter in form. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

A five-pound bank-note had been mysteriously lost out of a letter addressed to Mrs. Todhetley. The chopping stopped. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Meredith And last, Rhoda has had a letter from her sister, to say she’s away to the Continent and is married. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Borrow I will now go and write a letter to my wife at Rivadeo, informing her that she must not expect to see me back for several days. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

F. Scott Fitzgerald So you see that now you’re gone I’ve written a letter all full of contempt and despair. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthony Trollope My dear Sir Harry Hotspur,—I have received your letter in reference to Captain Hotspur’s debts, and have also received a letter from him, and a list of what he says he owes. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson In Knox, on the other hand, we see foreshadowed the whole Puritan Revolution and the scaffold of Charles I. 67 Described by Calvin in a letter to Cecil, Knox’s Works, vol. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Machen Failure to catch the post with a rather important letter will sometimes bring a great realm to ruin in the world of dreams. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

George Gissing Just before midnight he reached home, having on his way posted a letter with money in it. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Eliot He took from it a letter on which Tito could see, but not read. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Abigail, missing the letter months ago, supposed it had got burnt. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Mark Twain Thus they were willing to commit a sin against the spirit of religious law, in order that they might preserve the letter of it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Gissing On reaching his brother’s house, he found a letter waiting for him; it bore the Paris postmark. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

When I came down to breakfast a few days later, Aunt Emmy held a letter towards me with a shaking hand. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Anthony Trollope Having thought it all over with great deliberation, he went up-stairs, and in twenty minutes had his letter written. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope But she did write a letter to Mrs Askerton a letter which she would send or not on the morrow, according to the state of her mind as it might then be. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope She intended to go with her father direct from Liverpool to New York, and her letter was full chiefly of affectionate farewells. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Down he sat, wrote a letter to Brown and Co., telling them his opinion, and requesting the favour of their despatching James Marks back for a longer holiday. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

The letter was from Fanny’s father — from Derham, his friend and school-fellow. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Leon Trotsky The use that the epigones made of my letter to Chiedze is one of the greatest frauds in the world’s history. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I began breathlessly to tell him I had a letter from “my — my — Rooksby — brother-inlaw — Ralph Rooks-by”— I was panting as if I had run a long way. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Thomas Hardy We had a letter from each of them a few days ago. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Anthony Trollope He, however, had simply concealed the letter when he had half-read it. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Jules Verne Such was the letter addressed to the government of the United States. As to the person who had placed it in the mail-box of the police, no one had seen him. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Wilkie Collins With a child’s unceremonious curiosity Lucy pounced on the card, and spelled the name, letter by letter: “Z, A, N, T,” she repeated. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

They received no visitors, near or from a distance; and the postman declared he had never seen a letter directed to either. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Anthony Trollope The Dean was back at the deanery, and Lord George mistrusted his own power of writing such a letter as would be satisfactory on so abstruse a matter. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edith Wharton One thing became instantly clear to her: she must show the letter to Bessy. She ran her eyes over it again, trying to disentangle the consequences. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anthony Trollope In answer to my letter I have received — that. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing When at length he wrote her a letter, a letter of sad kindness, inviting rather than beseeching her to visit him, Aurelia made no reply. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Arnold Bennett Amy entered, bearing a letter in her coarse hand. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Amongst all those anxious listeners there was no one who listened more intently than Gilbert Monckton. Maurice de Crespigny’s letter was not a long one. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Anthony Trollope I am, and shall remain, your sincere friend, “FAWN.” He read the letter and copied it, and gave himself great credit for the composition. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard The letter you forged has been found. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle I fear he hurt himself in the fall, for it was a fearful crash, but I had my letter to think of, so I stretched the mare into a gallop once more. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Anthony Trollope I had a letter from him this morning about Miss Amedroz.’ ‘And what did he say?’ ‘He desired me to send her seventy-five pounds the interest of her aunt’s money. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

The banker’s reply to this communication was very brief; he wrote: “MY DEAR SIR— Your letter arrived here some days since, but has only been opened by me this morning. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

I have his letter speaking of it as settled; and Doctor Bryerly — oh, Cousin Monica, he’s gone to tempt him. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith Upon the counsel of Mrs. Lawrence, Aminta sent a letter to Lord Ormont at his hotel in Paris, informing him of the position of affairs. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

And James, this time, agreed; he ordered the Earl of Mar to proceed to England, while he sent Essex a letter of encouragement. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Wilkie Collins My dear husband, I am afraid this letter is very badly written; but the tears are in my eyes, thinking of Susan; and I feel so wearied and flurried after what has happened. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

John Galsworthy Winifred, whom he noticed next to the furniture, was sitting at her Buhl bureau with a letter in her hand. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

That letter of attorney, or whatever it is, must not be acted upon. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

His letter of credit troubled his peace of mind and oppressed him with an uneasy sense of wealth. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

It is evidently part of a letter addressed to you; but it is very wildly of and incoherently worded; and you must remember that it was written under circumstances of great mental excitement. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

See, here is a letter which makes it unnecessary for you to leave home. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

I made this known in a letter to the newspapers, and I boasted that our cordon was now so close that not even a mouse could leave or enter without its becoming known. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Mrs. Gaskell Late in November — when we had returned home again, and my father was once more in good health — I received a letter from Miss Matty; and a very mysterious letter it was. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Wilkie Collins Had any special messenger arrived, with a letter for Emily? The servants were absolutely certain that no such person had entered the house. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Guy de Maupassant The letter was dated three weeks back. Mother Sauvage (La Mère Sauvage) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

He had followed me with a letter which had been long awaiting my return. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

This was the letter which Chanlouineau had written, probably on the eve of the insurrection: “Marie-Anne — The outbreak is at hand. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Walter Scott This was made clear by a letter which Butler himself soon afterwards received by post, signed E. D., but without bearing any date of place or time. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Gertrude Stein Helen Lewis. We are waiting for the letter carrier. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein