Letter: Bodl. MS heb. c 28/40

Letter Bodl. MS heb. c 28/40



Letter from Natan b. Nahray, from Alexandria, to Nahray b. Nissim, Fustat. Dating: ca. 1063. Natan wrote the letter 10 days before Passover. The writer is upset because a deal (probably for spices and beads) did not go as expected. He blames Abū Zikrī b. Menashshe. Also mentions a matter of inheritance in the Tāhertī family. Beginning in verso, l. 11, he writes, "Know, my lord, that there remains in the eye of my son, may God keep him alive, a white spot covering half of (or: in the middle of) the pupil. Only God knows what is in my heart due to this. This is the remnant of the smallpox (wa-huwa bāqī al-judarī).They have prescribed for us Indian ṭabāshīrī tutty (tutty resembling bamboo chalk?). Perhaps you will be able to obtain some for us. I would like you to inquire about it on my behalf, perhaps a quarter mithqāl, how much it would cost (or: [buy it] no matter how much it costs). (Information from Gil, Kingdom, Vol. 3, #426) VMR

Bodl. MS heb. c 28/40 40 recto

40 recto



Bodl. MS heb. c 28/40 40 verso

40 verso
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