If I had written to Potter, he would've ripped the parchment to shreds before even reading it, so I've extended you the honors instead.
My meeting with the goblin merchants has been unexpectedly rescheduled, and I must leave for Damascus at once. The business negotiations should only take a few days, but I’ll be stopping by Cairo and Scotland before returning.
By the time you receive this, I will already be on my way. Just thought I’d let you know so you can tell Potter and Weasley not to get their hopes up when they see I’m not home; I’ll be back soon enough, I assure you. In fact, you should expect to find me safe and sound at Grimmauld Place again in no more than two weeks. Not that you’d care either way, but it is only common courtesy for a houseguest to inform his host of his extended absence.
(signed) D. Malfoy
P.S. If any flames come for me, do take down the names of the callers and inform them of my urgent business abroad. I’d be much obliged.