16th century context
In the 16th-century, documentation, letter-writing, and language choices all carried particular importance.
The power of the written word
Colin Campbell had no doubt that the written word was a very powerful weapon and the survival of so many letters associated with him was not accidental.
Letter-writing in the 16th century
The Breadalbane Letters show that 16th-century letters had a very different function from their counterparts in later ages.