Paris, May 26, 16401
The seriousness of my illness forces me to ask someone else to write to you for me to express my profound gratitude for the honor of your last two letters and to recommend me to your prayers. I have great need of them in the serious state in which I have been for the past three or four days and from which I have not yet recovered.
I believe that Monsieur Vincent will send a complete reply to your letters. I ask only that you have Sister Madeleine2, who has written instructions from her mother, promise that she will pay the debt she owes to her cousin, a good priest who lives here in the city and who is pressing hard for payment because he needs the money. Please just send us her promise and we will take care of it. With this I assure you that I remain, Monsieur, your very humble and grateful servant.
P.S. I humbly ask you to remember me to our poor Sisters of Charity and to assure them that I hope to be well enough to write to them by the next mail.