I always see "Thank you for your letter of even date", but what is the meaning of "even date"? Could anyone help me? Thank you!
I cannot think of anything rather a letter that you receive on an even date. (A number that is even can be divided by two, of course you know that!)
Could this be an incorrect use of 'even'. Even can mean: Constant, regular, uniform, unchanging. Do you send them a regular letter? Perhaps they meant thanks for corresponding with me so regularly, constantly - one a month like clockwork!
I think it means "of the same date", in contracts, etc. So if his letter and your reply are both dated 23rd December, they are "of even date".
MrPedanticI think it means "of the same date", in contracts, etc. So if his letter and your reply are both dated 23rd December, they are "of even date".It is more often used in deeds and contracts than correspondence. In a letter it would be more usual to say "dated today" or "of today's date".
If you have two deeds that are going to be executed on the same day and one refers to the other you can say "by a deed of even date herewith..." It is shorter that "by a deed dated the same day as this deed". Personally I prefer the longer form as it is a little clearer.
I think "of even date" was common enough in business correspondence, in the days of "I beg to remain", "your esteemed favour to hand", etc. Although English business people don't use these phrases any more, unless jocularly, they (and other elaborate forms) do turn up in correspondence from India, Malaysia, etc. from time to time.
I'm a lawyer and we still use the "letter of even date" phrase instead of "dated today" when we want to confuse nonlawyers.