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In a formal context, I would like to tell the author (whom I admire) of a posting that I was happy that I discovered/found it because I did not expect it.

I was very pleased to read your posting in last week's issue of ...

I am concerned that pleased might come across as satisfied, like I am his boss telling him that he did a good job.

I have also thought about

I was very pleased to have found your posting in last week's issue of ...

Any comment would be appreciated. (I am not a native speaker.)

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Pleased can be used to express enjoyment; "pleased to read" can also mean "glad to read".

You could also write one of the following sentences.

I was glad to read your post on the last week issue's […].
I enjoyed reading your post […].
I was glad to find your post […].

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What does "I was glad to read your post on the last week issue's" mean? – Robusto Feb 28 '11 at 1:15

This one contains all your sentiments:

I was pleasantly surprised to find your posting...

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I think both of your examples would have the effect you are looking for. The second is the better of the two in my opinion though; it conveys a little more context.

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