Letter: T-S Misc.25.22

Letter T-S Misc.25.22



Letter from Simḥa ha-Kohen, probably in Alexandria, to Abū l-Majd, probably in Fustat. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Early 13th century. After many nice phrases, the body of the letter begins in line 19. Abū l-Rabīʿ al-Segan and Abū l-Munajjā had written to Simḥa regarding the payment of the remainder of the capitation tax and obtaining the barā'a/receipt and sending it quickly. Simḥa apologizes for the delay (there was an untrustworthy messenger, so he did not send it with him), but he has obtained the barā'a and is sending it enclosed with this letter/khidma. Regards to Abū l-Faraj Yeshuʿa ha-Talmid. Regards to Abū l-Maḥāsin al-ʿAṭṭār Iskandarānī. Abū l-Maḥāsin's barā'a has been sent to the shop of Abū l-Riḍā, Simḥa's brother in law, where Abū l-Maḥāsin can pick it up. Addressed (in Arabic script) to the shop of Abū l-Munajjā al-ʿAṭṭār, who is to pass it on to Abū l-Majd. (Information in part from Goitein's index card.)