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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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Old Musr Once More

Old Musr Once More

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(p.289) 16 Old Musr Once More
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Edward William Lane 1801–1876
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Jason Thompson

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.003.0017

Lane found Alexandria more dismal than ever. It had rained heavily for three days and the streets were still muddy. Rain is rare in Egypt, even on the coast at Alexandria, but when it comes, the puddles linger an inordinately long while. Lane found that his expenses to date had left him with less than £15 of the £60 advance from Knight, taking stock of his finances the next morning, but he was authorized to draw a bill for a further payment of £50, which Harris cashed at 6 percent discount. The value of the pound sterling against the Egyptian piaster had increased by over 30 percent since his first trip, £1 now being 95 piasters, at least partially offsetting some fairly steep price rises during that time.

Keywords:   Alexandria, Knight, sterling, piaster, Egypt

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