You never write anymore; well, hardly anyone does

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James Grossman, executive director of the American Historical Association, said future historians will be turning to email, as journalists already are doing.

“Email is different from letters, but it is comparable. It is more easily searchable,” he said. “But we will have to learn how to use it.”

So the loss of the personal letter may be a threat, but at least some of its functions will live digitally.

Still, it’s hard to imagine poet Robert Browning imploring Elizabeth Barrett to be his BFF.

Associated Press writer Stacy Anderson contributed to this report.

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