In my book I am including correspondance but I don't want to change the names in the letter's that are included because if I change the names I'm changing the letter.
You've labeled this as a "libel" or "slander" claim, and the question on that issue is whether the matter in those letters is defamatory to others. If you publish allegations, even if they're other people's allegations that you know to be false, there may be some liability questions there.
The other issue is whether you have permission to use the letters you're referring to. If not, there may be some intellectual property issues that need to be cleared. I would suggest consulting with a intellectual property (IP) specialist in your area for better guidance on this. The cost of such advice may be far less than a lawsuit down the road. If you don't know any IP lawyers, Avvo is a good place to start that search for just such a specialist.
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