Sir, David Lang (Letters, December 10) asks for advice on email salutations and signoffs. Lewis Carroll gave sensible advice in his Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing in 1890:

“If doubtful whether to end ‘yours faithfully’, or ‘yours truly’, or ‘yours most truly’, &c. (there are at least a dozen varieties, before you reach ‘yours affectionately’), refer to your correspondent’s last letter, and make your winding-up at least as friendly as his: in fact, even if a shade more friendly, it will do no harm!”

Roger Scowen

Hampton, Middx, UK

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