[ John Murray III, London publisher, asks Sir Henry Rawlinson to make cuneiform 'intelligible to the meanest capacity'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Murray') to the orientalist Sir Henry Rawlinson, regarding a proposed review in the Quarterly.

John Murray III (1808–1892), London publisher [ Sir Henry Rawlinson [ Major-General Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson ] (1810-1895), Orientalist ]
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On letterhead of 50 Albermarle Street, W. [ London ]. 5 December [ no year, but with note suggesting written between 1866 and 1869 ].
SKU: 20630

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. For information on Rawlinson's work in this field, see Kevin J. Cathcart's paper 'The Earliest Contributions to the Decipherment of Sumerian and Akkadian' (2011). Murray writes that the editor of the Quarterly Review (either William Macpherson, before 1867, or William Smith) has written to him 'that he considers the Interpretation of the Cuneiform wording a proper subject for a paper in the Quarterly'. He adds, with reference to Rawlinson's methods of composition, that the editor 'will be happy to see you at work upon & to learn that it is finished' (last four words underlined). Murray hopes that Rawlinson 'may be able to make the processes of the unravellment intelligible to the meanest capacity'. Both the editor and Murray 'have not ceased to lament your abandonment of P a subject so well suited to you & wch you could not have failed to make most interesting'. He ends by asking Rawlinson to thank his wife for sending him a book, '& for her obliging note'.?>