[ Sir H. S. Maine, Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H. S. Maine') to Classical historian William Warde Fowler, regarding the Slavonic custom of the 'leaping-place of the old', and 'putting the aged to death'.

Sir H. S. Maine [ Sir Henry James Sumner Maine ] (1822-1888), Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford, and Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, legal anthropologist and historian [ W. Warde Fowler ]
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London, 2 December 1884. On letterhead of the Athenaeum Club, London.
SKU: 20303

The recipient William Warde Fowler (1847-1921), a tutor at Lincoln College, Oxford, is best known for his works on ancient Roman religion. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. The letter begins: 'The “leaping place of the old” was pointed out to my informant in one of the Slavonic (new Germanised) provinces in the Baltic. But I believe I have seen several references to it in print'. Once he is able to consult his notes at Cambridge he will sent further information, but if Fowler is 'in a hurry' he suggests that 'Mr Arthur Evans [of Knossos ] of the Ashmolean may be able to give you some information as to the Custom. But whether Roman or Slavonic, I suspect it is only an accidental <?> of a wide-spread <?> of putting the aged to death.'