Unfortunately, we have heard. I had hoped that first hand knowledge from you and others would give me more optimism on the situation but I can see now that things truly are as bad as we fear. We must do what we can to gather more allies, including the native armies. The Sultan's half-brother shows to be a good man, and I agree with you, an excellent choice for a new ruler. Your details included are most excellent and through and even going through the briefly thus far, will no doubt be quite helpful, so my thanks to you again.
Mercedes, she has not as of yet, but I will inquire with her directly to assure it did not get lost in passing. I'm sure nothing is wrong, and the end of the summer brings about the mad rush of parties and events as society tries to hold back the fall and winter. I would be very pleased to keep you up-to-date on the goings on of London daily life.
Keep yourself in good health, and again my thanks.
Rupert Aveline, Esq.
[enclosed are copies of backdated London papers, including the gossip columns as well as Lord Laurent's obit]