Bartlett, William Henry
Forty days in the desert, on the track of the Israelites: or a journey from Cairo by Wady Feiran, to Mount Sinai and Petra — London, [1840]

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PROVISIONS, ETC.

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To provision ourselves was the next point; and as I was desirous
of hitting, if possible, the juste milieu between starvation and prodi-
gality, we repaired to the shop of old Carlo Peni, near the consulate,
and there, in conclave, decided on the following articles, the quantity
of which served well for the entire tour to Petra, though of six
weeks' duration, and, in reality, calculated at the time as for a far
shorter period. I give the list, hoping it may save some trouble to
future travellers, and amuse the general reader with a picture of
Desert housekeeping.

/September 27.—■

Piastres.

2 okas Lump Sugar, at 6 piastres (100 piastres equal £1. sterling) . 12
40 „ Biscuits, (instead of bread,) at 2 piastres . 80

4 „ Soap, (none in the Desert, nor washerwomen,) at 7 piastres . 28

10 „ Itice, at 3 piastres .... ... 30

20 rotl., each 21bs., Coffee. (A very large supply is needful, as nothing

is done without it,) at 3 piastres ...... CO

3 okas Tobacco, at 15 piastres ....... 40

1 bag for ditto .......... 5

Onions, (very desirable for stewing) . . '. . . .10

Lentiles, (for soup, similar to peas) ... .... 12

Charcoal. (A small quantity is needful for occasional use, when no

brush-wood can be had)........10

12 okas Potatoes, (invaluable) ........18

Dates............10

3 okas Dried Apricots, (delicious and refreshing when stewed) . 18

2 packets Wax Candles.....'. . .20

An Arab Paper Lantern for ditto ....... 5

12 okas Chocolate..........24

1 „ Salt..... .....4

1 box Pepper .......... 4

3 bottles Cognac, (more desirable than wine or beer, on account of

the bad water, but must be temperately used) . . . .42
1 Cantine, with lock, (a box of palm-sticks, made expressly for

carrying various small necessary articles) . • • • . -5

5 okas Liquid Cooking-Butter and Pot......3a

Matches......... . . . G

8 Nets for the camels, complete, (to sling small packages in) . . 50
3 Water-Skins, complete, (Much care is requisite to get them, not
new, but sufficiently seasoned not to flavour the water, and they
never should be laid on the sand, but on the nets. A filter is
highly desirable) .........80
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