Delisle de la Barthe [or, Labarthe Delisle] lugubriously related the financial difficulties and health problems that he and his wife, Ozenne's sister, had been having. Since his deal with Julien Poydras had fallen through, he had been forced to turn over his property to his creditors. He wished to start a small business in order to earn a living and requested Ozenne to send the money due him. Also, his wife was coheir to a succession in litigation. So that he might claim her share of the estate, de la Barthe asked Ozenne to send the documents necessary for proof.