Discover DC History's digital collections will eventually contain millions of letters – from the 1700s up to the present day. This correspondence touches on every imaginable topic in Washington's past. The details of business deals are spelled out in the back and forth communications. Everyday people express their feelings about developments in the district. Mistresses alert wives to their husbands' infidelity. These letters tell us about the people in the past – who they were, what they cared about, how they solved problems, and what their role was in the ever-changing landscape of the nation's capital.