Apology to a Friend for Not Paying a Debt

Write this type of letter to apologize to a friend to whom you owe money when you have not paid the debt according to the agreed-upon terms. Include all relevant details, such as the reason why you have not paid and when you plan to pay the debt.

[Your letterhead, if desired; if not, your return address]

[Date of letter—month, day, and year]

[Recipient's first and last names]
[Company name]
[Street or P.O. box address]
[City, State ZIP code]

Dear [recipient's name]:

I am writing to express my sincere apology for not paying the money that I owe you at the time when I had promised to pay you. As you know, I am the type of person who always follows through on what I promise, including promises about repaying debt. Unfortunately, some money that was supposed to arrive to me did not, and this is what has caused me to be unable to pay you.

I plan to pay you the full amount that I owe you within the next 30 days, or sooner if I have the money before then. I want to pay you back as quickly as I can and do not want to create any strain in our relationship because of this late payment. Our friendship is so important to me, and I thank you for understanding and for accepting my apology.

Sincerely,

 

[Signature]

[Sender's first and last names]

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