Austria apologizes for late response on this issue. We often spend the weekend in idle pursuits: drink, being merry with compatriots, long walks in the countryside. And, as such, are not able to spend as much time on affairs of state.
Having now made a more thorough review of Europe’s political situation, we have no wish to involve ourselves in Prussia’s dispute with the Duchies. We had previously not considered that the Duchies would approach us for assistance, given our current alliance with Prussia. But now that it seems they may do so given that their entreaties have been ignored by all other major powers, we–as true allies must–also rebuff their advances.