(Forgive me if this is a repeat posting -- my computer locked down and it didn;' look like the posting went through.)
Thanks for the thoughful reply. And I think you point out a number of really valid points, particularly as relates to arcane judicial language and handwriting variants. Maybe the trial text would be a bit much. That said (and confessed), I've been a student of Middle Egyptian hieroglyphic writing and texts for about five years now, and have probably an intermediate grasp of Ancient Egyptian grammar (I started with Manley and Collier's book, followed by intense study of Gardner's sign list, and went on to other grammars, etc.), but I've gotten kind of bored with reading offical proclamations, "billboard" pharoanic testimonies, and military accounts, and have become much more interested in learning to read the accounts or records of the lives of nonroyal Egyptians.
I've already worked through Sheldon Lee Gosline's primer, _Writing Late Eguptian Hieratic_, and have downloaded and several translated scattered letters, etc., that I've found on the Web (I'm always looking for more sources, however, and if you know of others, I'd love to have you share them).
I have a copy of BOTD, and getting hold of a hieratic version sounds like a promising idea. Can you suggest a source for BOTD in hieratic?
Thanks again for your reply. I didn't think it sounded "supercilious" at all -- just realitistic!