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CLAUDE DELAVAL COBHAM
Exerpta Cypria
page 421

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ALI Β KV. 411 desire of the natives for a new order of things which would encourage the development of national industries—everything, yes, absolutely everything combines to make Cyprns a most interesting country. As to its topography—one may picture the island as the segment of a circle uf which the chord or length is sixty leagues, and the breadth eighteen and a half. The surface is divided into three great parts : first, the mountain-chain of Paphos or Olympus, of which the highest pointa are always covered with snow; tins chain of primary formation composes the southern section of the island, from the neighbourhood of Paphos, where are the highest peaks, almost to Larnaca. Secondly, the great plain of Nicosia, which stretches right across the middle of the island from east to west. Thii-dly, the chain of volcanic mountains on the north, which extend from Cttirigna to Cape Saint-André. Hy observations, made with success at different times at Limassol, gave the latitude of that town 34" 42' 14" N.: and longitude 30° 30' 30" E. of Paris. Magnetic declination 11° 2C 14" W. I wished to continue my pilgrimage to Mecca, and availed myself of the first opportunity to cross to Alexandria. I found a small Greek brigantine, and hired the cabin for myself and places for my servants; ~ The remembrance of the storms I had already experienced was ever present" with me, and I was not particularly pleased to cross to Egypt in so small a vesfl«ù7but I decided at last, and embarked on the evening of May 7. A strong gale from the west' obliged me to land again the next morning, and I stayed another two days at Limassol. 1 re-yeinbarked in the night of May θ—10, and a few hours Inter we set sail with a favourable winm which lasted until the night of the 11th, when we had the wind ahead. It soon shifted, audi we continued our course on the morning of May 12, 1800. ι I ι τ5ο Ali Bey—most wise and illustrious Sir, We received with great joy your illustrious letter, written from Limassol. We rejoice to 1 lear that yonr health is snch ns we would desire : may God preserve it to you through a long 1 ife, confirm yon iu prosperity, and grant all yonr lawful desires. Wc perused iu its tnrn the memorandum yon enclosed as to the way to destiOy the 1 locust, that destructive scourge of our island. We admired the wonderful elaboration of this, EIS we admire all you do, and the zeal too which you show in working for our unhappy c Country) though we have done nothing in return worthy of your admirable person, nor have even "shown the devotion which was due to you. We felicitate indeed those who begot so wise a man, we deem them happy, and we congratulate those who will enjoy the company of a hero in »11 respects like our Greek forefathers. So much at present. May heaven grant you the years of Methusalah. Leucosia,180e, May 13, of your illustrious person the devoted friend Chrysauthos (Archbishop) of Cyprus. Χθφωτατ€ και ίκλαμιτρότατε Kvptc Άλΐ Mirer". Έλάβομΐν ττίριχαρώϊ το ίκλαμπρον αύτης -γράμμα, ycypapfirvov από \ f μέσον, ίξ ου τι/* Ιφπην ήμΐν vyiiîav την ΰπρςχάρημίν, ην tW* το 6tìor rà της χαρίζη μακρόβιον, μί άγαθην στίρίωσιν, και τω* 5σ*Γ Ιφύται σωτηρίων καταθνμίων. Εΐδομιν ίπομίνως καί την ίμνίραχομίνην καταγραφην wtpl τοΰ *we Set 52—a

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