Letter: ENA NS 2.15

Letter ENA NS 2.15



Mercantile letter from an unidentified sender, probably in Alexandria, addressed to Abū Isḥāq [Barhū]n b. Mūsā (probably al-Tāhertī), somewhere where one buys flax (the Fayyūm?). In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: 11th century. Acknowledges receipt of the addressee's letter which quoted the price of flax. The sender turns down his offer, because the price is not right. He will give some merchandise to the addressee's cousin Abū Isḥāq (perhaps Abū Isḥāq Barhūn b. Ṣāliḥ al-Tāhertī). The addressee had mentioned the arrival of Ibrāhīm. Greetings to Abū l-Surūr. Greetings from Abū Isḥāq Barhūn, Abū Saʿīd Maymūn. The sender repeats that he does not want the addressee to buy any flax for him at these prices. But if the price goes down, he wants 6 high-quality bales. There are no boats in Alexandria for shipping. Greetings from Moshe b. Yehuda, a cantor. Abū Saʿīd has now been sick (ʿalīl) for eight [days, probably]. In the right margin there appears to be the draft of the beginning of a different letter. Verso was reused for accounts in Judaeo-Arabic, probably by the addressee.

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