8th August 2010
We have received your letter of 6th August, reminding us that payment of the amount owing on your June statement is overdue.
We were under the impression that payment was not due until the end of this month, when we would have had no difficulty in settling our account. It would seem, however, that we misunderstood your terms of payment and in the circumstances should be grateful if you could allow us to defer payment for a further three weeks. Our present difficulty is purely temporary. Before the end of this month payments are due to us from a number of our regular customers who are notably prompt payers.
We very much regret having to make this request, but hope you will be able to grant it.