[ 1883 November, 6 ]Letters
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[Via] Khedivieh steamer

[Alexandria] 6 November 1883

My dear Constantine,
     I have yours 28 October. At last we have remitted you the £ 100 and I daresay the money is now in your hands: as promised, I gave Aristides, to send you in his letter, a detailed account of the expenses incurred, and trust you will find some in good order. The balance, some £ 21 odd, I have locked up safely. We are also sending you by this mail a cheque for £ 10.
     I see from the newspapers that Mr. Leonidas Balthaggi has lately returned to Constantinople from Vienna. Is Alexander going to stay on the chance of getting employed with him, or will he come out at once? The question naturally suggests itself, seeing that so long a lapse of time, since you gave us the authority to raise the money, has elapsed: and that, during the period, Alexander may have changed his mind. In any case, I am prepared to meet the next Austrian steamer arriving from Constantinopoli.
     Moss arrived the 2nd instant and is staying at his old quarters the “Beau Séjour” Ramleh ¯ I am invited to spend a few days there with him from this evening: an invitation which ¯ you may suppose ¯ I am not likely to refuse. Mr. Moss tells me that he has great faith in the influence of Mr. Whitley (M.P. for Liverpool) as regards the naturalization question, and that I shall have a definite reply before the year is out.
     The news conveyed to me in your letter are very nice: and I can sympathize with the maxim from the Book of the Abbé *** ¯
     The Cholera has again subsided: deaths are now confined to 3 or 4 daily. There is not the least reason for alarm; we are all well and hearty.
     Many, many kisses for mother, Alexander and Paul and for Constantine the unvarying affection of
          his devoted brother
               John.


From John C. Cavafy
To Constantine Cavafy

Transcribed and edited by Katerina Ghika