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Cairo Genizah : Letter


Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'><p>Letter from a woman named Archondou (ארכודו) in Alexandria (and her husband Elijah) to her son Fuḏaʾil in Fusṭāṭ. She writes that she has heard that Fuḏaʾil has hurt his eyes, and also that she has heard that he has bought a mattress (τυλάριν). The mattress purchase, if that is indeed what the word means, seems to be a particular point of contention, as people are now cursing Fuḏaʾil because of it. She also mentions that Maḥfūẓ b. Idias (אידיאש) comes daily to remind her about a quarter dinar that Fuḏaʾil borrowed from him. She has bought some almonds for him, but cannot find anyone reliable to send them with. She would like her son to come and take her to Fusṭāṭ, as her eyes are causing her pain (she gives the doctor 3 zuz each week for eye treatments) and she is not able to travel by herself. Ca. early 10th century (or earlier).</p></p>

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