In order to save Major Cavalcanti the trouble of drawing on his banker, I send him a draft for 2,000 francs to defray his travelling expenses, and credit on you for the further sum of 48,000 francs, which you still owe me.
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The company will defray your travel expenses.
We’ll do what we can to defray your work-related expenses.