Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic of 1785 – June

June 28th, 1785 The organization of quarantine in Christian houses and the superior charity of the Muslims. It is impossible to give you a just description of this place at present; the general horror that prevails cannot be described. Hadgi Abderrahman sailed from the harbour of Tripoli on the 20th of this month, as ambassadorContinue reading “Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic of 1785 – June”

Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic of 1785 – May

May 27th, 1785 A royal funeral and the Christians prepare for quarantine. The prime minister Mustapha Scriven’s house is at present as much in a state of quarantine as he can put it, consistent with the ideas of the Moors; yet he will not admit to any one, nor to the Bashaw, the necessity ofContinue reading “Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic of 1785 – May”

Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic of 1785 – April

April 29th, 1785 The plague reaches Tripoli and the members of the royal family go to the tomb of the local marabut [saint] to pray for his intercession. In the last few weeks, several couriers have crossed the deserts from Tunis to this city, disseminating the plague on their way; and consequently the country roundContinue reading “Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic of 1785 – April”

A Prayer By Pope Francis

Tonight before falling asleep think about when we will return to the street.When we hug again, when all the shopping together will seem like a party.Let’s think about when the coffees will return to the bar, the small talk, the photos close to each other.We think about when it will all be a memory butContinue reading “A Prayer By Pope Francis”