It's been too long, my friend. I regret having to end our partnership so abruptly. The Baron didn't exactly grant me time to say my goodbyes. Perhaps we can renew the automaton research--on our terms this time.
Please take some time to think about it. In the meantime, look over the treatises I've sent to your home. Consider them a gift from one artisan to another.
I'll contact you soon to hear your answer.