Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 25, 2007
In Reply to: As this leaves me posted by Clark Myers on November 25, 2007
: I have many letters written by my father during the 1940's that begin with the phrase "glad everyone is well as this leaves me". I'd like to know what this really means.
This must have been an idiosyncrasy of your father's, as the more usual form of this idiom would be "I hope you are well as this leaves me", and meant "I hope you are as well [as I am] at the time that this [letter] leaves me". In other words, "at the time of writing I am well, I hope you are well too". (VSD)