I am terribly sorry to tell you that I have lost the valuable book you were so kind to lend me last week. I read it everyday and intended to finish it next month. Last night when I came to my room, it was nowhere to be found. I will try to recover it as soon as possible. If I fail to find it, I will get a new book for you.
But I am afraid it can never take the place of the old one. Old books are like old friends. Once lost, they can never be replaced. They are connected with cherished associations which the new ones can never have. And for this irrecoverable loss, I am to blame. I was so careless with my things. This is a warning to me to be more careful in the future.
I’m very sorry for not having replied to your July 6th letter sooner. When your letter arrived, I was in Beijing. As my secretary couldn’t forward it to me, it has been lying on my desk until I got back.
Thank you for all your news. It is good to know that your company has agreed to sign the contract to continue the cooperation with us. And we surely will have a bigger success in the near future.
Look forward to catching up and once again apologize for the delay.
I’m very sorry that I was out when you came to see me yesterday evening. I’m afraid I’d gone to the pub with some friends and didn’t get back until 12 o’clock. I wish I had known you were in Luoyang as you could have come with us. It would have been a good introduction to the night life!
Anyway, I will call on you at 10 o’clock on Saturday morning at your hotel. We can have the day together, if you have nothing else planned? I’ll show you some of the places of interest that you may not have seen.
Please let me know if you will be available on Saturday morning.