We have received the following " original " letter from a correspondent which we publish for the edification of our readers. It is a transcript of a numerous class of the same kind with which we are continually bored, as if, forsooth, we had nothing else to do or think of but to answer the innumerable questions that are continually put to us upon subjects with which we are totally unconnected. We are always ready to give every possible information to our readers upon any subject on which they may wish to be enlightened, but really, it is taxing our good nature too much to suppose that we can waste our time upon such petty trifles. We therefore hope that the accompanying specimen of editorial correspondence will be the last of the sort with which we may be annoyed, and that our correspondents wil]s for the future, confine their inquiries to those subjects for which our paper is intended :—" Pop.Corn Flour" and "Apple Butter " are not exactly in our line. " How would pop-corn flour answer for bread in your city, and what would it probably be worth a barrel? Do you suppose tomatoes would sell well in your market put up fresh—being the same as when taken from the vines, ripe and fresh, pared, with the hard core taken out at the stem, &c. ? Would fresh apple sauce sell in your market ? I do not mean apple-butter, as usually made, and called apple sauce—but fresh as when made from the apple, fresh tor table use, &c.—put up as the tomatoes. How can eggs be put up to keep from March till January, and be safe, &c. ? What is the best method to put up butter in the summer to keep, say until January, &c. ? Can the Tinman's Guide be had in your city q Also, the Mechanics' Calculator? What mode is best to keep apples from fall to the next spring? Some time ago I saw in your paper, and in some other papers, a great ado about a man who made a tea-kettle out of a half-cent, piece. What would you think of a teakettle only weighing the twelfth part of a cent., would this not surpass the one made out of a halt-cent piece, &c. ? N. B. Would it not be a greater accomplishment to double seam a globe without having any thing in the inside upon which to seam, and not have a hole in it through which to pass an instrument to work upon, than to make the tea-kettle as above spoken of, &c? Is McCord's receipt the best out for making soap, and the least expen-pensive? What do you say? I see, in your paper, that you do not speak favorably of the American Palace, &c, will it be.a failure ?? The above letter we give as received by us, omitting, of course, the name of our Correspondence.
This article was originally published with the title "A Specimen Business Letter" in Scientific American 8, 21, 166 (February 1853)