P.Turner 43 is a third century private letter from Ammonianus to Moros, written on the back of a medical catechesis (see P.Turner 14). Ammonianus is responding to a letter previously sent to him by Moros who apparently complained about the delay of services. What is interesting is the discussion of a certain linen-weaver about halfway through the letter. Ammonianus asks Moros to send some linens and then alludes to a linen-weaver who is apparently hard to get a hold of. Moros had previously told Ammonianus that this particular linen-weaver is "like wherever the ravens fly." This little proverb or idiom, however we should think of it, is so far unattested elsewhere. But what does it mean? According to Nikos Litinas, "Ammonianus attributes a characteristic of the ravens to this linen-weaver, namely that he probably disappears and gets lost. And finally he adds his after-thought that he expects Moros to say that there is a lack of linen-weavers and so it is not so easy to find others" (BASP 41, 2004, 117).
So, why was this weaver so difficult to find? Ammonianus seems to know that linen-weavers were sparse where Moros lived, so it is possible that the notorious linen-weaver's services were in high-demand. In other words, he may have been difficult to find because he was avoiding further work.