The great eunuch to Usbek in Paris
Things have reached a state that cannot be maintained : your wives have imagined that your departure left them complete impunity. Horrible things are happening here ; I myself tremble at the cruel account I must give you.
Zelis, on her way to the mosque a few days ago, let her veil drop and appeared with her face almost uncovered before everybody.
I have found Zachi in bed with one of her slaves,  a thing so forbidden by the laws of the seraglio.
I have by the greatest chance in the world intercepted a letter,  which I am sending to you ; I have never been able to discover to whom it was addressed.
Yesterday evening a young boy was found  in the garden of the seraglio, and escaped over the walls.
Add to that the things I have not learned about, for surely you are betrayed. I await your orders, and until the happy moment when I receive them, I am going to be in a mortal situation. But if you do not place all your wives under my discretion,  I answer for none of them, and will every day have equally sad news to send to you.
The Isfahan seraglio this 1st day of the moon of Regeb 1717