Sporadically I hear from readers who simply want to thank me for my work. I know people read my stuff, but it’s gratifying when someone takes the time to let me know that they’ve found it worthwhile.
Because it’s a particularly nice example of this sort of communication, here’s an email I received yesterday:
THIS EMAIL is written as of this twenty ninth (29th) day of March, 2018, by and from [name] (“Author”), a resident of and residing in the state of Florida, to Ken Adams (“Recipient”), a resident of and residing in the [state/commonwealth] of [fill in].
LET IT BE READ AND KNOWN BY ALL RECIPIENTS HERETO THAT,
I think its good practice to write people who have helped or inspired me.
I’ve been a contracts manager in the federal contracting industry for some twenty years now. I’ve had many spirited negotiations over the years, hearing the most absurd defenses of archaic contract construction and terminology.
I first saw your unequivocating style over ten years ago and have frequently referred to your publications to inform and improve my work.
Last year I established a consultancy to help companies propose, win and perform within the government procurement market. My clients are often very small businesses with no templates or staff legal support, so I am now very frequently constructing agreements. The more I do, the more I find myself relying on your scholarship.
Your career has helped the state of our art and the quality of my work, and I’m personally grateful to you for that.