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"Believe me, Your faithful and grateful friend, MINA HARKER."

I love a good complimentary close. For about five years, I signed most of my emails as ‘Your very humble and most obedient servant’, and I think that typing that out kept me from sending some emails that I would have regretted. I hasten to add that I did this when posting to listservs about the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and I wasn’t the only one. It wasn't some weird ‘nice guy’ affectation, it was just a weird historic affectation.

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