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ACCEPTING OR DECLINING INVITATIONS.
See INVITATIONS, ACCEPTING OR DECLINING.
The address of a person may be stamped on the stationery.
If the address is stamped, it is not customary to stamp also the crest or monogram.
MEN. A man should be addressed as Mr. James J, Wilson, or James J. Wilson, Esq. Either the Mr. or the Esq. may be used, but not the two together.
The title belonging to a man should be given. It is not customary to use Mr. or Esq. when Jr. or Sr. is used.
WOMEN. A woman's name should always have the Miss or Mrs.
A woman should never be given her husband's official title, as Mrs. Judge Wilson.
If a woman has a title of her own, she should be addressed as Dr. Minnie Wilson, when the letter is a professional one. If a social letter, this should be Miss Minnie Wilson, or Mrs. Minnie Wilson.
Young girls should be spoken of as Minnie Wilson, and not as Miss Minnie, but are personally addressed as Miss Minnie. Only the greatest intimacy warrants a man in addressing a young girl as Minnie.
Parents should introduce their daughter as My daughter Minnie, but should speak of them before servants as Miss Minnie.
A married woman should be spoken of as Mrs. Agnes Wilson, and personally addressed as Mrs. Wilson.
ADDRESSING AND SIGNING LETTERS.
All answers to invitations should be addressed to the party issuing them.
Letters to a woman who is a comparative stranger may begin My dear Mrs. Wilson, and to a closer acquaintance Dear Mrs. Wilson.
Letters to a man who is a comparative stranger may begin My dear Mr. Wilson, and to a closer acquaintance Dear Mr. Wilson.
For forms of addressing persons with titles, as Mayor, see under that title--as, Mayor, Governor.
The letters may end, Sincerely yours, or Very truly yours, or I remain yours with kindest regards.
The signature of a man should be John J. Wilson or J. Jones Wilson.
An unmarried woman should sign social letters as Minnie Wilson, and a business letter as Miss Minnie Wilson. A married woman should sign a social letter as Agnes Wilson.
In signing a business letter, a married woman may either sign her name Mrs. Agnes Wilson, or, preferably, Agnes Wilson (Mrs. John Wilson)
These should be made between three and half-past five, and if possible on regular at home days.
In making an afternoon call a man should wear the regulation afternoon dress.