This third edition is dated 1805. The author is credited with a Master of Arts and as the author of three other books. Bingham's book is based on the notion that children love to receive letters and cherish the ability to respond on their own. The intent of the book is to assist students in learning to write, specifically letters, by making writing a pleasurable experience. The book consists of many example letters that children may write or receive. The Schultz Archive includes the complete text of the third edition (pages 20-21 are repeated), and a single page (page 60) is difficult to read. Otherwise, the text is in good condition.