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Montesquieu (1689–1755).  Persian Letters.  1901.
Letter XXV
Usbek to Ibben, at Smyrna
I HAVE received a letter from your nephew, Rhedi, in which he informs me that he has left Smyrna intending to visit Italy; and that the sole object of his voyage is to improve himself, and so render himself worthier of you. I congratulate you on having a nephew who will some day be the consolation of your old age.  1
  Rica tells me he wrote you a long letter full of details about this country. The liveliness of his intellect makes him a keen observer: I, whose mind moves slowly, am in no case to write of anything.  2
  We often speak of you with warm affection; and are never done recalling the welcome you gave us in Smyrna, and the services your friendship rendered us daily. May you, generous Ibben, find friends everywhere as grateful and as faithful as we are!  3
  I hope to see you soon again, and to enjoy once more those happy days which pass so pleasantly between two friends. Farewell.

  PARIS, the 4th of the second moon of Rebiab, 1712.

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