Last year I wrote a paper for one of my classes, the point of which was to use research and argumentative technique to persuade someone to change their mind on an issue. The paper was in the format of a letter addressed to whomever we were trying to persuade, but since it was an assignment, we of course added a works cited page which we referred to throughout the letter. I have since decided it would be worth sending the letter to its intended recipient, (after all, why not?). My only question though, is should I keep the works cited page and citations in the letter? I wouldn't be sending it out for a grade, only to actually try to convince someone of something, and in my mind, keeping parenthetical citations and a works cited page draws away from some of the emotion, and makes it look more like a research paper. Thoughts?