Letter: T-S 12.501

Letter T-S 12.501



Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. Possibly sent from Alexandria to an unidentified dignitary in Fustat (though Goitein suggests that the sender is in Fustat and the addressee in Alexandria.) The sender asks the addressee to continue visiting him as his late father ('al-ḥaver') and paternal uncle used to do. He heard that the addressee wanted to be in Fustat for the 9th of Av. The messenger reported to the sender that 18.5 dinars have been raised for the redemption of captives (Goitein apparently understood it differently, that the sender gave 18.5 dinars to the messenger). The sender has sent another letter either on behalf of or intended for (bi-rasm) Sayyidnā; the addressee is asked to deliver it. The margins of recto and the entirety of verso are filled with a list of names and numbers in tiny Arabic script and Greek/Coptic numerals—needs examination. (Information in part from Goitein’s index card.)