Introductory Letter

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Dear Professor Joseph Wellens,

I was sorry to hear of your recent illness but am glad to hear that you are making a speedy recovery. I also find the countryside air one of the best cures for an ailing chest, having myself had some trouble with that a few months ago. My wife is particular to drinking hot lemon in such times, might I recommend that for temporary relief?

I am writing to you, however, principally about the matter that I was only able to mention briefly on my last visit to your esteemed university. That is to say, the French letters that I have been fortunate enough to collate more of since we spoke. I am aware of your suspicions and acknowledge that they are not without cause, but I think that you will discover that my findings are now a great deal more complete.

Indeed, I am so convinced of their accuracy that I have gone to the trouble of having them copied so you might peruse them yourself (and have attached the bundle accordingly). They are, I admit, translated copies of the lost original – and so perhaps some of the meaning may have changed from the switch to English, but I still believe that they are of tremendous historical and literary importance. Unfortunately, the names, dates and etc that have been censored, no doubt for political reasons, have proved elusive but I hope that you will bear with the letters despite this admitted ambiguity.

Let me implore you no more, however, my good sir. I look forward to your response - although I wish for you to take all the time you need in assessing the evidence that I have presented. I shall, in the meantime, persist with my endeavours of learning more and hopefully will have more to share when we next correspond.

Yours faithfully,

Prof. Samuel Collins

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