I thank you for the pages you have sent me in your last correspondence. It was good to hear news from London again, although I find myself pained at the thought of missing so many important events.
More sadly, I read the nécrologie of a gentleman who I had known in France and whose sons, I am glad to know, are now present in England. I was hoping you could deliver me this letter to Aimé Laurent. His elder brother was not a great friend of mine, and I would therefore ask you to ensure the letter is handed to the youngest son, to save him distress and to save the family from more grief.
Since I received your last correspondence little has changed in the conflict between ourselves at the Tippu Sultan. I understand, however, that supplies run low with several EIC units in the North, who have so far been unable to join our forces outside of Mysore due to these shortages. This is a matter that is causing no small difficulties for the EIC and British Army alike who suffer frequent raids not only from Tippu soldiery and mercenaries but also from independent enemies.