My Dear Mrs. Branwell,Forgive me for troubling you at what must be a distressing time for your household. I was greived, though I must confess not shocked, to hear of Mr Carstairs’s grave indisposition.
I beleive you are aware that I am the happy possesor of a large- I might say exclusively large- portion of the medicine that Mr Carstairs requires for his continued well-being. Thus we find ourselves in a most interesting situation, which I am eager to resolve to the satisfaction of us both. I would be very glad to make an exchange: If you are willing to confide Miss Gray to my keeping, I will place a large portion of yin fen in yours.
I send a token of my goodwill. Pray let me know your decision by writing to me. If the correct sequence of numbers that are printed at the bottom of this letter, are spoken to my automaton, I am sure to receive it.
~ Clockwork Princess, Chapter 7