ADDRESS ON VERSO
(Writing) that ka-priest Heqanakht sends to his household of Sidder Grove.
A son who speaks to his mother, ka-servant Heqanakht to his mother Ipi, and to
Hetepet: how is your life, soundness, and health? In the blessing of Montu, lord of
Thebes. And to the whole household: how are you, how is your life, soundness, and health? Donft concern yourselves about me. Look, I am healthy and alive.
Look, you are that one who ate to his satisfaction when he was hungry to the white
of his eyes. Look, the whole land is dead and you have not hungered. Look, before I came upstream here, I made your salaries to perfection. Now, has the inundation been very big? Look, our salary has been made for us according to the state of the
inundation, which one and all bear. Look, I have managed to keep you alive so far.
Writing of the salary of the household:
Ipi and her maidservant 0.8
Hetepet and her maidservant 0.8
Hetifs son Nakht, with his dependents 0.8
Merisu and his dependents 0.8
Mayfs daughter Hetepet 0.5
Totalling to 7.91.2
When a salary is measured for Sinebniut in his full barley, it should be at his disposal for his departure to Perhaa.
Lest any of you get angry about this, look, the whole household is just like my
children, and everything is mine to allocate. Half of life is better than death in full.
Look, one should say hunger only about real hunger. Look, theyfve started to eat
people here. Look, there are none to whom this salary is given anywhere.You should conduct yourselves with diligent heart until I have reached you. Look, I will spend Harvest here.
To be said by ka-servant Heqanakht to Merisu and to Hetifs son Nakht subordinately. You should give this salary to my people only as long as they are working. Mind you, hoe all my land tilled by tilling. Hack with your noses in the work. Look, (Merisu), if they are diligent, you will be thanked, and I will no longer have to make it distressful for any of you. Now, that salary I have written you about should start being given from the first of Khentekhtai-perti and per each succeeding first of the month. In this respect, donft be neglectful about those 14 arouras of land that are in pasturage, which Ip Jr.fs son Khentekhtai gave.about hoeing it. Be especially diligent. Look, you are all eating my salary.
Now, as for any possession of Anubisfs that you have, Merisu, give it to him. As for
what is lost, replace it for him. Donft make me write you about it another time. Look, I have written you about it twice already.
Now, if Mer-Snefru will be wanting to be in charge of those cattle, youfll have to put him in charge of them, for neither did he want to be with you plowing, going up and down, nor did he want to come here with me. Whatever else he might want, you should make him content about what he might want. But as for anyone who will reject this salary, women or men, he should come to me, here with me, and live like I live. Now, before I came here, didnft I tell you all gDonft keep a friend of Hetepet from her, whether her hairdresser or her domestich? Mind you about her. If only you would be as firm in everything as you are in this. Now, if you donft want her, (Merisu), youfll have to have Iutenhab brought to me. As this man lives for me.I speak about Ip.whoever shall make any affair of the wife on the battlefield, he is against me and I am against him. Look, that is my wife, and the way to behave to a manfs wife is known. Look, as for anyone who will act for her, the same is done for me. Furthermore, will any of you bear having his woman denounced to him? Then I would bear it. How can I be in one community with you all? Not when you wonft respect the wife for me!
Now look, I have had 24 copper deben (a deben is about one ounce) for the lease of land brought to you all by Sihathor. Now, have 20 arouras of land cultivated for us on lease in Perhaa beside Hau Jr., by copper, by cloth, by full barley, by anything, but only when you will have first collected the value of oil or of anything else there. Mind you, be especially diligent. Be watchful, and farm good watered land of Khepshyt.
(James P. Allen, 2008)