To a Manager, asking for Increase in Salary

November 28th

S. H. Rowens Esq.

Dear Sir,

I have now been in the employ of the Company for over five years, during which time my salary has not been increased for the past two years. During this period much additional work has fallen upon me. My salary is now $__ a year, only $____ a year more than when I started five years ago, and I am writing to ask if you can now see your way to giving me a substantial increase.

I can assure you that such recognition would be very deeply appreciated, and no efforts would be spared on my part to justify the firm's confidence in me.

Yours faithfully,

M.B. Barnes.

2. From a Clerk, asking to be given an Opportunity of Travelling


April 14th.

Messrs. Deacon & White.

Dear Sirs,

I am writing to ask if you will consider my claims when you are next appointing a traveller. I have been with you now eleven years, and have an intimate knowledge of the business and your customers. You know I am a hard worker and trustworthy, and I feel sure, if you would give me an opportunity, I could do very well indeed for you on the road. I should much prefer travelling to my present work, and, as I am very eager to improve my position, you may rest assured that I should do my best.

As you know, the firm does not cover very well at present the West of England, especially the North-West. I think there is a splendid opening for pushing your goods in Cheshire, Shropshire, Hereford, and the Welsh counties, and, if you would give me the chance, I believe I could open a large number of new accounts for you there.

Yours faithfully,

H. N. Read

From an Employee, asking for Promotion

October 14th.

Messrs. Dick & Co., Ltd.

Dear Sirs,

As I hear that Mr. Rayner is leaving at the end of the year, I venture to apply for the post of Departmental Manager. I have been in your employ for fifteen years and six of those were spent in the __ Department, where I worked chiefly under Mr. Rayner, and took his place when he has away.

I know the work of the department intimately, and feel assured that I could run it efficiently and cheaply, and in a way that would give you every satisfaction.

Yours faithfully,

W. F. Rawlings.

From an Employee, excusing Absence to Sickness

May 4th.

Mr. W. F. Smith,

Messrs. Derham & Son.

Dear Sir,

I am sorry I shall not be able to come to the office for a few days. I wired you yesterday, and today the doctor says I have a sharp attack of bronchitis. I enclose certificate.

Yours faithfully,

S. Mason.

5. From an Employee, asking for Leave of Absence

September 18th.

Dear Mr. Edwards,

Can you kindly give me leave of absence from the office for a week? My brother has died suddenly in Manchester, and, as I am sole executor under his will, it would be a very great convenience if I could go up and settle his affairs. There is a great deal to see to which can only be done on the spot.

I am sorry to have to ask, and if you cannot spare me just now I must appoint someone to act in my place, but there are several reasons why I very much want to go personally.

Yours truly,

K. Alien.

From an Employee, asking for Extension of Holiday


84 Marten Square,


August 19th.

Dear Sir,

May I ask if you could kindly extend my holiday so that I return to the office on Tuesday instead of Monday? My excursion ticket, is available for return on either Friday or Monday. If I may return on the Monday, it means that I get three more full days here, and as change is doing myself and my family so much good I am venturing to ask for this extention. I shall be very grateful if you can grant it.

Yours faithfully,

V. B. Poulton.

From an Employee, thanking Employers for Benefit


October 18th

Messrs. White & Sons.

Dear Sirs,

I thank you very much for increasing my salary by $20 a year.I appreciate this mark of your approval very highly, and mil make every effort to show myself worthy

of it.

Yours faithfully,

A. L. Hall.

From an Employee, apologising to Employers for Misconduct


November 5th.

Dear Sirs,

I regret very deeply that you should have cause to complain of unpunctuality and lack of attention on my part. I beg you to believe I had been so slack and that no effort shall be wanting on my part to see that you have no ground for complaint in the future.

Yours faithfully,

T. H. Lumley.

From an Employee, giving formal Notice


February 1st.

Dear Sirs,

I have been offered a very good post by a Manchester firm as London representative, and I write therefore to give you formal notice to terminate my engagement with you one month from to-days date.

Yours faithfully,

T. B. Dawson.

From an Employee, asking for Reference

September 29th.

Dear Sir,

I want to apply for a post in the Indian Civil Service, which has been advertised, and, as I have to send three testimonials with my application, I should be very much obliged if you would give me a letter of recommendation. You will see from the advertisement, which I enclose, the kind of services which are required.

I think you have always been satisfied with my work, and I hope you will say all you can in my favour. The post is a very good one and it seems to offer exceptional advancement.

If my application is not successful, I trust you will not think I am dissatisfied with my position here or wish to leave your employ. I am only applying for this post because I feel it would give me a very much better position and salary.

Yours faithfully,

A. Chatterjee.

From an Employer, engaging a Clerk

March 30th.

Mr. T. V. Bell.

Dear Sir,

I have now taken up your references, and, as they are quite satisfactory, I shall be glad if you will start work here, as arranged, on Monday next at 9.30. Please ask for Mr. Mortimer, who will be expecting you.

As agreed at our interview, your salary will be $__ a year, and the hours of work from 9.30 to 5.30, with a fortnights holiday each year. The engagement may be terminated by a month's notice on either side.

Yours faithfully,

For H. Morgan & Co., Ltd.,

S. S. tones.


From an Employer, dismissing an Employee


May 1st.

Dear Mr. Pearce,

I am sorry to have to inform you that your services will not be required by this Company after the end of this month, as the reorganisation of the business necessitates a reduction of the staff.

We have no cause of complaint against you and shall be pleased to give you an excellent testimonial or to answer any inquiries.

Yours faithfully,

For H. T. Ball & Sons,

P. White. Manager.

From an Employer, asking a Manager to resign

October 20th.

Dear Mr. Day,

I have been giving very careful consideration to your department lately, and I have come to the conclusion that some radical change is necessary. The turnover is steadily decreasing, the work done is unsatisfactory, and the staff seem very slack and discontented. It seems to me that you do not take sufficient interest in your work and are not able to get the best out of your staff, and, that being so, I think it is in the best interests of yourself as well as the firm that I should give opportunity of making a change.

The Directors are prepared to treat you generously after your long service with them, and give you this opportunity of resigning your appointment before they take any further steps.On your leaving their employment, they would be willing to give you a bonus of $__ for every year of service with them.

Yours Truly,

For the Artistic Printing Co., Ltd.

M. T. Lisle.

Manager Director

From an Employer, reproving an Employee

June 1st.

Dear Mr. Brown,

I see by the Time Book that you have been late no fewer than nine times during the last month. This appears to me to show a lack of interest in your work, unless there is some special reason of which I am unaware, and it has made me very doubtful about retaining you in my employ; the head of your department speaks well of you, and therefore this time I merely give you warning that I cannot allow this slackness to continue. Your hours must be punctually observed if only in fairness to other members of the staff. If I have any further cause of complaint or do not receive adequate explanation from you in regard to this matter, I shall have no alternative but to dispense with your services.

Yours faithfully,

B. B. Moss.

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