In September of 1896, the head of the Atlantic City Railroad in New Jersey received the following letter of complaint from an unhappy local named A. T. Harris. Little else is known.
(Source: The Oxford Book of Letters; Image via Wikimedia.)
To the Superintendent, Atlantic City Railroad, Sept. 1896
On the 15th yore trane that was going to Atlanta ran over mi bull at 30 mile post.
He was in my Pastur
You orter see him
Yore ruddy trane took a peece of hyde outer his belly between his nable and his poker at least fute square and took his bag most off and he lost is seeds. I don’t believe hi is going to be any more use as a bull.
I wish you would tell the President he is ded, for he is as good as ded ever since he was hit by yore trane.
P.S.—Be sure and report him as ded as he has nothing left but his poker. He was a red bull but he stand around in these days looking dam blue.