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Say I have the sentence below about papers I requested previously. (as I am reminding somebody that I haven't received something)

先日{せんじつ}に頼{たの}んだ書類{しょるい}ですが・・・

Is there any way to make a sentence like this more polite (humbling)? Do the below sentences make sense or is there a better way?

先日{せんじつ}にお頼{たの}みした書類{しょるい}ですが・・・

先日{せんじつ}にお願{ねが}いした書類{しょるい}ですが・・・

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I would say "先日、お願いした書類ですが".

"お頼みした" sounds funny (to me.)

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    I totally agree, nevertheless I happen to know one real-life sample who actually use お頼みする... – broccoli forest Jul 17 '15 at 17:52
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I've noticed that natives are generally oblique in the beginning. Then, they slowly become more specific. Hopefully, this is all you'd need to say.

「この前お願いしたものですが、...」

That obscures the impolite fact of how long you've been waiting. And, (in my experience as a non-native speaker), initially saying exactly what you requested feels abrupt and analogous to physically "pointing". As much as possible, just let them figure out the situation for themselves.

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