Reading Practice Help

Hello...My name is Deb and I just recently joined this group.  I am (trying) to learn shorthand by myself, and have become fascinated with this site and with shorthand in general!
I am studying the Diamand Jubilee Series, and have run across something I cannot transcribe.  Was hoping someone could help me out? 
In the manual, on page 35, paragraph 29:
"Mrs. Gates:  I have your letter asking me to act as chairman of your meeting in March.  I am afraid ______ that I cannot do so."
It is fustrating at times to not have the answer, or a teacher when I cannot transcribe something.  Suggestions?
Thanks in advance,
(by gaudetted for everyone)