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In ancient days no one traveled, and there was no business, therefore no need of letter-writing. When Mr. Cave·man was hit with the wanderlust and decided to see what was over the hills, Mrs. Caveman had no hope of consolation by mail and simply had to wait patiently her spouse's return. However, as wanderlust became a more prevalent disease those at home began to receive slabs of bark·and stone from the wanderers with their adventures pictured on them. These crude missives in turn gave way to strips of parchment covered with hieroglyphics of a more or less legible nature. We owe our alphabet and much of our language to the ancient Greeks and Romans. It was they also who brought letter-writing into more common useage and developed many of the forms we use today.
"The Whys and Wherefores of Correspondence,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 2
, Article 3.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol2/iss11/3