Papyrus Berlin 8523 - This month's ancient letter was written by an ordinary bloke - one Shed-su-khonsu (during the 21st Dynasty - 1096-945 B.C). He had made his decision about a piece of land, had given his orders and that was an end to it. But after Mrs Shed-su-khonsu had words on the subject changed his mind.
From the troop captain and scribe of the Temple of Khonsu Shed-su-khonsu to the Kushite (Nubian) Pay-neb-andjed. I greet you in life, prosperity, and health and in the favor of Amun-Ra, King of the Gods, your good lord. May he give you life, prosperity, and health.
It was after I had told you "I will not let you plough the field anymore." that I returned to Thebes and my wife, the Mistress of my house, said to me, "Do not take away this field from Pay-neb-andjed."
I then said, "Let him have it and plough it."
When you receive this letter, you will tend the field and not be careless about it. You will weed and plough it and you will plant one arura (2700 sq meters) of the land with vegetables.
If anyone challenges you (concerning this land) you will go to Wer-djehouty, the Scribe of the Reckoning at the temple of Osiris, and you will take this letter with you.
I have given you my field of land and my marshy field also. Keep this letter in order that it may serve for you as an authorization.