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Letters of Note

Shaun Usher

Nothing but history's most interesting letters.


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Fortunately, I had my new radio

I’m breaking the rules today. I’m sending you a letter I know to be fake—a letter which has taken various forms over the decades, but always with punchline intact. The version below is the most common, and I’m sharing it simply because it’s...

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Avenge my death

On the eve of his final mission, a kamikaze pilot writes to his children

14 days ago

Who needs it?

Some words of advice for Warren Beatty

15 days ago

O God for one more breath

The following letter, written on this day in 1902, is a devastating read. It can be found in the updated edition of the Letters of Note book; the audio below the transcript, featuring a reading of the letter by Ferdinand Kingsley, is taken ...

18 days ago

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  • Shaun Usher

    I really like letters. I began the Letters of Note website in 2009 and have since authored 14 Letters of Note books. I also like lists. The Lists of Note website began in 2011; a book followed in 2014.

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