There was plenty more like this--every epistle dumber than the previous--but you get the general idea.
The thought of the unity of the Church is very prominent in this epistle.
"Your brother means well," said Philip, when he had concluded the epistle.
"All right, squire; here it is," returned Bott, and handed over the epistle.
When he had finished this epistle, Rigaud folded it and tossed it with a flourish at Clennam's feet.
Dear Joe,—I thank you for so full an answer to so empty an epistle.
I must beg your pardon for the epistle you sent me appearing in the Magazine.
See how it shows itself in the tender and inimitable strain of this epistle.
I would not take my folio paper for this epistle, and now I repent it.
A word, however, from the young man himself explains how it came there, leaving the epistle to tell its own tale.
Old English epistol, from Old French epistle, epistre (Modern French épitre), from Latin epistola "letter," from Greek epistole "message, letter, command, commission," whether verbal or in writing, from epistellein "send to," from epi "to" (see epi-) + stellein in its secondary sense of "to dispatch, send" from PIE *stel-yo-, suffixed form of root *stel- "to put, stand," with derivatives referring to a standing object or place (see stall (n.1)).
Also acquired in Old English directly from Latin as pistol. Specific sense of "letter from an apostle forming part of canonical scripture" is c.1200.