Why We Cherish Letters

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Ever since The Takeaway reported on the US Post Office's plans to scale-back mail delivery, eliminating Saturday deliveries, listeners have been calling, emailing and texting us with stories about their most cherished letters -- missives from parents, grandparents, lovers and friends that have changed your lives.

Here at The Takeaway, we're collecting your letters -- and your stories about why they matter so much. If you have a letter that you cherish, whether it's one you've written or received, we'd love to feature it on our program. To submit a letter, email us at takeawayletters@gmail.com.

Letters don't just detail personal lives; they chronicle history too.  Nowhere is that more evident than in the thousand-some letters exchanged between John Adams and his wife Abigail. Margaret Hogan, Managing Editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society and Coeditor of "My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams" shares some of the highlights of their exchange on this President's Day.