CONTINUED to gain in popularity with the spread of literacy.
By the end of the 1700s, it was a favorite pasttime of the upper
classes. Here is an excerpt from a letter that a young Englishwoman
wrote to her suitor in 1798:
Dear CaptainI have just had the honour of receiving your
letter of Thursday last. I can scarce describe the vast delight
afforded me by the writings which you so obligingly inclosed,
intitled "Fifteen Reasons Why Bonaparte is Surely a Corsican."
I vow, I would not have believed it possible for such a prodigiously
charming essay to exist! You may readily comprehend my desire
to apprise my dear Aunt and Sister of this most amiable and delightful
essay! I now imploy my days in copying out these writings so that
I may speedily acquaint my loved ones with them.Yours very
sincerely, L. Forster.
of the Stowe collection, the British Library)