|[Alexandria] 14 May 1884
|My dear Constantine,
I missed the mail yesterday and put off writing you until today. Your letter 6th arrived 10th instant, four days only on the voyage, ¯ the quickest transit I have noticed yet from Constantinople here. In heading my letter with the above date, I have wished you all good things, and hope that Providence will hear my prayers and some day grant you them. Your letters are always treasured by me, and kept in a safe place with my other few valuables.
I await with interest the solution of Mr. Rangabé’s enigma: my dull brain cannot fathom the mysterious heptameters.
My verses “By the rivers of Babylon”, under their proper title “Super Flumina Babylonis”, I have had published in the Public Opinion of the 18th April. I am expecting copies of that number by tomorrow’s Brindisi mail, and shall post you one immediately on receipt. I have made sundry alterations in the poem, which I hope you will approve of; and, as you will see, I have altogether eliminated the stanza, you took exception to, as well as the one preceding it, and substituted four new lines, which I fancy are a marked improvement.
Hoping that this will find you all in good health and with much love to mother, Alexander and Paul
I am yours
P.S. I just hear from Kneen that it is reported the Commercial Bank of Alexandria is about to liquidate. This may be only a rumour.
|From John C. Cavafy|
To Constantine Cavafy
Transcribed and edited by Katerina Ghika