I dared not believe it could be true, but your silence leads me to only one conclusion - that you have discovered my secret.
I assure you this was not my intention when we set out. But, Tom’s gambling debts have only grown, and I could not risk my share being too small. I was going to give any extra to you, I promise, and make it my life’s work to make up the difference. Surely you understand the difficulty of my situation.
Please, forgive your sister. Without at least a small sum from this venture I don’t know what will happen to us. We are desperate to offset these debts.
Please write soon.