I sent out an official e-mail this morning to a manager. I’m connected to him through dotted lines. My reporting manager thought that the tone of the e-mail should have been different, to which I agreed. I recalled the e-mail. However, a senior manager who was in CC column had read the e-mail as soon as I had sent it and sought clarification (no, not related to the tone).

Now that I have recalled the e-mail, should I respond to him? If I did so, my recalling becomes invalid. Or should I reply, which will make my revised e-mail invalid?

Is this what you call a catch-22?