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Vindolanda Inventory No. 85.107


A fragment of the left-hand side of a diptych with a notch in the left edge. It contains six lines of a letter concerning the transport of lime which the addressee is being asked to despatch speedily. The fact that the recipient of the letter, who is presumably at Vindolanda, had guaranteed or approved supply of the lime and that the sender of the letter anticipates its arrival primo mane suggests that it must have been quarried in the vicinity (see Bruce (1978), 43, RIB I 1007-15, Davies (1968)). See also 156 and 316. It is noteworthy that the writing slopes down across the grain. Word division is good but is not observed after monosyllables.

. . . . . . . . .
n 1 ]..[.].......[
n 2 missi quae calcem peteren[t
3 quam nobis commodasti
n 4 quas rogo continuo
5 iubeas onerari ut prim[o
6 mane nobis item ...[
. . . . . . . . .


"... I have sent ... to get the lime which you have provided for us. I ask you to order them to be loaded without pause so that ... to us early in the morning in turn (?) ..."