I feel this is an outdated expression. does it mean i hope this letter may reach you or you may receive this letter as I expected ? tks
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I will be hoping that this letter finds you, and finds you well. Your friend, Andy.

from the movie 'The Shawshank Redemption'
Searching for further information, I saw your question. It was a loooooong time ago that you asked.

The phrase came from a time when letters would "find you". You could send a letter to a person in, say, London, England, and it would be up to the local postal service to find the person, and get the letter to them. If the letter didn't "find you", (perhaps you had gone to visit Italy) the letter would be forwarded. Since the receiver paid postage, it was in the postal services' best interest to try to find the recipient. Letters would follow people around the world, then 'find' them in one village or another, hopefully 'well'.

I hope this answer finds you well.
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This forum just made me laugh super hard! I just want to say it is now 2014, almost 10 years since this was first posted and I use this phase all the time!!!! May I also add that in 2005 I was still in high school. Emotion: giggle
Lmao me too!! I was literally googling the phrase to see if it's still common! And I'm 26 😂

Year 2017: 27-year-old, still a relevant search Emotion: smile

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