When I hit "reply" to an email message, unless I edit it out, the message I am replying to is contained in the new message. After some back and forth, a long "tail" accumulates. I am preparing an archive of email correspondence. I need to explain that I removed signatures and "tails." I don't know how to explain this thing I call a "tail." In my draft I am calling it "prior messages," which doesn't seem terribly clear. Is there a term for this? Or can you help me make one up that will be self-explanatory?
The enclosed archive of email correspondence includes all messages and headers but no prior messages or signatures.