14th May, 1947.
My dear Admiral,
The Lifesavers sent to me through the good offices of Connolly have just reached me, and I am writing straight away to send you my sincere thanks, not only for them but also for the charming little note of good wishes enclosed.
We are now approaching a crucial stage of events in the negotiations in regard to the transfer of power to Indian hands, and I am up here in Simla, 7,000 feet above sea level, having a week's rest in a really cool temperature, before the next round of talks begins in Delhi. This is certainly the most difficult assignment I have ever had, but I am retaining my enthusiasm and optimism.
Best wishes to you from us both.
Yours very sincerely,
[signed] Dickie Mountbatten