# How to (manually) set the date in a letter?

I'm trying to start writing letters with Latex, starting with the letter document class:

\documentclass{letter}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\signature{Joe Bloggs}
\address{21 Bridge Street \\ Smallville \\ Dunwich DU3 4WE}
\begin{document}

\begin{letter}{Director \\ Doe \& Co \\ 35 Anthony Road
\\ Newport \\ Ipswich IP3 5RT}

I am writing to you on behalf of the Wikipedia project (http://www.wikipedia.org/),
an endeavour to build a fully-fledged multilingual encyclopaedia in an entirely

% The \ldots command produces dots in a way that will not upset
% the typesetting of the document.
\ldots

That said, allow me to reiterate that your material will be used to the noble end of
providing a free collection of knowledge for everyone; naturally enough, only if you
agree. If that is the case, could you kindly fill in the attached form and post it
back to me? We shall greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

\closing{Yours Faithfully,}

\ps

P.S. You can find the full text of GFDL license at
\url{http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html}.

\end{letter}
\end{document}


This prints today's date. While this is nice and probably mostly one's intention, there are obviously cases where the date should not coincide with the last Latex run.

How is it possible (what are recommended ways) of setting the date in this letter to, say, 21. October 2041?

• \date{21.~October 2041} will also print the dot after “21”. – GuM Jun 13 '17 at 20:23
• This has nothing to do with letters. This is just how you always set the date in LaTeX. – cfr Jun 14 '17 at 1:06
• Why have you capitalised 'Faithfully'? – cfr Jun 14 '17 at 1:07
• @cfr well yes it does: letter puts in the date automatically (what happens under the TeX-hood is another question). Re 2nd comment: spelling mistake which got copy-and-pasted with the rest of the MWE :-) – nutty about natty Jun 14 '17 at 11:41
• The standard classes all put in the date automatically. Nothing special about letter. – cfr Jun 14 '17 at 13:08

Just add \date{} somewhere before \begin{opening}. For instance, in your document:

\documentclass{letter}
\usepackage{hyperref}
\signature{Joe Bloggs}
\address{21 Bridge Street \\ Smallville \\ Dunwich DU3 4WE}
\begin{document}

\begin{letter}{Director \\ Doe \& Co \\ 35 Anthony Road
\\ Newport \\ Ipswich IP3 5RT}
\date{October 21, 2014}
...

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