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Example of Criss-Cross Letter
July 8, 1853 - Jack to Jeanie
Dearest Jeanie: Highlights of the Wilkes-Smedberg Papers (1853-1913)

A large number of the  original letters are written in criss-cross fashion. During the antebellum period, the United States Post Office charged per page. Enterprising letter writers managed to get around this charge by writing letters in two directions. This letter dates to July 8, 1853.

Read a transcription of the crosssed lines.