“Some, when they write to their friends, are all affection, some are wise and sententious; some strain their powers for efforts of gayety, some write news, and some write secrets; but to make a letter without affection, without wisdom, without gayety, without news, and without a secret, is, doubtless, the great epistolic art… This is the pleasure of corresponding with a friend, where doubt and distrust have no place, and everything is said as it is thought…” ~ Samuel Johnson, letter to Mrs. Thale, 27th October, 1777.
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