Letter: T-S 12.398

Letter T-S 12.398

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Letter fragment in Ladino from an old man who has arrived in Jerusalem and is having a hard time there. "La paz y salud. . . . Ya sabes mi venida aqui a Jerusalem y be-avonotay cayó poco bien. . . non hay ganancia. Ninguna aqui se puede ganar un solo darham nin. . . . [tie]nen oficios y caudal y son mansevos non se pueden mantener nin sostener. . . . tal hombre como yo viejo y sin oficio y sin dinero que hizo poco que. . . . y aun quedé adeudado de esta manera que un Siciliano. . . . que me trajeron (?) por seis ducados que me pusiesen. . . ." In essence, there is no work or money to be had in Jerusalem, even for young and healthy man, let alone for an old man like him. He is in debt. Needs further examination. Numerous names are listed on verso, perhaps everyone who is still back home and is to be greeted. Toledo is named. ASE.