This is the letter that Thorin left on the mantle at Bag End for Bilbo to find, after the Unexpected Party.
- "Thorin and Company to Burglar Bilbo greetings! For your
- hospitality our sincerist thanks, and for your offer of pro-
- fessional assistance our grateful acceptance. Terms: cash on
- delivery, up to and not exceeding one fourteenth of total
- profits (if any); all travel expences guaranteed in any
- event; funeral expences to be defaryed by us or our represen-
- tatives, if occasion arises and the matter is otherwise
- arranged for.
- "Thinking it unnecessary to disturb your esteemed repose,
- we have proceeded in advance to make requisite prep-
- arations, and shall await your respected person at the Green
- Dragon Inn, Bywater, at 11 a.m. sharp, Trusting that you
- will be puncual,
- "We have the honour to remain
- "Yours deeply
- "Thorin & Co."