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the Letter Repository
suggested lots romance Amer.Civil ww2.love legal WWI WWII

The LETTER REPOSITORY is an archive of personal letters mostly written during the century and a half between the 1790s and the 1940s. This covers many interesting time periods including the Napoleonic wars, the American Civil War, the Great Depression, World War One and Two as well as many other world events. Mainly written in the English language, many of the letters contain themes of love and romance, religion, family, friends, legal and business matters.

array of envelopes

Each letter belongs to a lot, which are loose groupings of letters in the order that they were obtained. We did not try to sort the letters as to do so would destory some of their history. Nevertheless for a typical lot, most letters are to the same recipient(s) with multiple letters being from the same sender(s). Lots may contain anything from a single letter to several hundred and each letter may have many tens of pages plus attachments. Presently there are thirty-seven lots, which are listed below. If you'd rather browse by topic, see the drop down box in the top left corner. By date see the drop box below or you may choose any of the blue links scattered on this and other pages of the site.

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English0001 0002 0003 0004 love0005
0006 0007 U.K0008 love0009 0010
0011 British0012 love0013 love0014 love0015
love0016 0017 0018 0019 0020
0021 0022 English0023 0024 0025
U.S. Civil War
love0027 U.S. Civil War
Irish0029 0030
U.S. Civil War
0032 British0033 0034 Scottish0035
0036 Scottish0037

It's a double celebration!

As you'll have noticed we've put up the festive decoration. We'd like to wish all our visitors, a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous new Year. Don't worry this won't interfere with work being done with the database as we'll keep the snow and tinsel just to our homepages.

The second reason to celebrate is that the Letter Repository is approaching its 1st birthday in January. Year One has met with mixed success, with the site now attracting some 500 real visitors daily, averaging a steady 5 webpages each. This makes it financially stable, but unfortunately for the site to be capable of growth, we need approximately 4 times this traffic. We therefore ask everyone who wish to support the effort to spread the word, tell your friends with social media and link to us from websites and blogs.