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bread-and-butter letter

A thank-you letter from guest to host. For example, Mother always had to remind the children to send Grandma a bread-and-butter note. [ c. 1900 ]
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  • Within ten days after her departure the guest should write a bread-and-butter letter to her hostess.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
  • One of these is what a college boy recently described in my hearing as the "bread-and-butter letter."

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