Sample Personal Letters
As I stated before, by studying the clickthrough tendencies of visitors to my Writing Help Central website over the years I have been able to gain a very good understanding of the actual "letter writing needs" of the typical visitor to that site.
Personal letters can be divided into two broad categories, based on the intended recipient: person-to-person letters and person-to-business letters.
It is important to note that a lot of confusion exists as to what are true personal letters and what are NOT personal letters. For example, a "cover letter" used to transmit a report is NOT a personal letter - it is a business letter. On the other hand, a "cover letter" for a resume or c.v. IS a personal letter.
Letters that some people loosely define as personal letters which are NOT personal letters at all include: covering letters, employee letters, introduction letters, marketing letters, publicity letters, project letters, customer relation letters, financial and credit letters, order-related letters, sales and marketing letters, follow-up letters, announcements, fundraising letters, among others.
The links below will take you to typical sample letter templates for the two primary categories of personal letters:
Person-to-person letters are letters that one individual sends to another individual that deal with personal matters, as opposed to business matters.
The following links go to real-life templates of the most commonly requested person-to-person letters:
Character reference letter - personal friend/colleague reference.
Church letter - to parents re: child's birthday.
Condolence letter - to an acquaintance or colleague.
Friendly letter - to a colleague and sports buddy.
Goodbye letter - farewell letter to co-workers.
Love letter - to someone you've known for a while.
Letter of apology - to a neighbor or acquaintance.
Letter of complaint - water damage complaint to neighbor.
Letter of congratulations - to a friend or colleague.
Letter of personal reference - recommending a personal friend.
Letter of resignation - resign from a committee.
Letter of sympathy - to family of a friend and/or colleague.
Letter of thanks - to friends or acquaintances.
Letter of welcome - to a new community member.
Romantic love letter - after a special evening.
Teacher letter to parents - beginning of year guidelines.
Thank you letter - personal thanks to a family member.
Acceptance letter - to accept a job offer.
Application letter - application for an advertised job.
Commendation letter - parent commending a teacher.
Complaint letter - customer to company about poor service.
Cover letter - for a resume, CV, and/or job application.
Financial hardship letter - to request debt restructuring.
Financial information letter - to supply requested financial info.
Hardship letter - to request short-sale of house.
Introduction letter - self-introduction to client.
Letter of application - for a medical residency position.
Letter of intent - to homeschool a child.
Letter of recommendation - to support teaching award nominee.
Letter of termination - cancellation of a contract.
Recognition letter - to recognize a volunteer worker.
Recommendation letter - recommend someone for college undergrad program.
Reference letter - refer someone for college graduate program.
Request letter - request to a company for information.
Resignation letter - when moving to another job.
Thank you letter - after a job interview.
For instant access to a letter writing style guide with more than 100 real-life templates that you can download straight into your word processor and copy, cut, paste, and use as you like, you should check out:
Instant Letter Writing Kit
For real-life samples of the two main types of business letters: business-to-business and business-to-customer, Click here.