» Dear Mlle Chamauret,

As my French is very poor (tres pauvre! – from schooldays –  and long forgotten) I am writing in English.

I want to say « merci beaucoup » for all your work in connection with the estate of Mlle Mary.

I appreciate you sending the Livret de Famille, as a souvenir of her life.

She was not known to me personally, but I am very grateful to her this legacy. She was my late mother’s cousin.

Many thanks, and kindest regard to you, «