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Your best course of action would be to send a follow-up letter retracting the previous cease and desist. Make sure to state in the letter that you authorize them to negotiate with your over the phone.
I don't believe that changing your address and mailing them from there would be wise. They would still know that they are dealing with the same person and they may take this as an attempt to negotiate in bad faith on your part.
Typically, collection agencies are willing to settle the debt. The sweet spot for them is roughly in the $.40-$.60 per dollar range.