The Complimentary Close: It is a humble way of ending a letter. It is written in accordance with the salutation. The most generally used complimentary close are Yours faithfully, Yours sincerely, and Thanks & Regards. Signature and Writer’s Identification: It includes signature, name, and designation of the sender. It can also include other details like contact number, address etc. The signature is handwritten just above the name of the sender. Enclosures: Enclosures show the documents attached to the letter. The documents can be anything like cheque, draft, bills, receipts, invoices etc. It is listed one by one. Copy Circulation: It is needed when the copies of the letter are sent to other persons. It is denoted as C.C. PostScript: The sender can mention it when he wants to add something other than the message in the body of the letter. It is written as P.S.
In these days of email and instant messaging, letter writing is becoming a lost art, and especially the formal letter. I’m pretty sure that formal letter rules are still taught in schools, but very little of it sticks. If you’re an executive or other high_ranking person within an organization, you can probably rely on your secretary or assistant to handle the niceties of letter writing, but for everyone else, knowing how to write a strong letter ourselves is important.