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    #1

    "Who did write .../Who wrote ...?"

    Who did write this letter?
    Who wrote this letter?

    Would it be correct if I used the first one?

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    Re: "Who did write .../Who wrote ...?"

    It's correct if it follows an incorrect statement about who wrote the letter.

    A: I've got Jim's letter here.
    B: Jim didn't write that.
    A: Oh, I see. Who did write it (rather than the person I thought)?

    "Did" is heavily stressed in this usage in spoken English.
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    Re: "Who did write .../Who wrote ...?"

    Many people learning English discover they can express a past action with did + bare infinitive, and give up learning irregular simple past conjugations and other complicated bits of the past tense. Don't do this. The problem is that this usage carries a distinct meaning; it's an emphatic form.
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