[ 1884 August, 19 ]Letters
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[Alexandria] 19 August 1884

My dear Constantine,
     I am glad to hear you are all well and I write to say the same of myself and Peter. Mr. Moss, as I wrote you last mail, arrived here on the 5th and you can assure mother that his conduct towards me is unchanged: viz. the usual Sunday dinners and the prospect of going to stay with him for a short time in Ramlé. But I have long since sickened of these, and find little profit, if any, in meaningless profusions of endearment. ’Tis true however that if I were out of my present employ I should find nothing better, so I hold my peace and bide my time.
     Aristides tells you in his letter of the late demonstration of indemnity-claimants. It was a sight at once amusing and imposing: some people estimate the numbers at 6.000 and others at 1.000 ¯ All shops, offices and the Bourse were closed, and the streets reminded me very much of what they used to be a few days after the massacre.
     With best love to mother and brothers
          Yours devotedly
               John.
C.F. Cavafy Esquire
     Constantinople


From John C. Cavafy
To Constantine Cavafy

Transcribed and edited by Katerina Ghika