Royal Asiatic Society,
5, New Burlington Street,
18 Jany 1860.
I think your opinion on all points, respecting the Hamitic of Assyria is correct, except perhaps your making it wholly distinct from the Susian. I have forgotten the little I had learned of the latter, but I have a vague notion that the Grammatical Hamitic tablets in the British Museum shew some remote analogy of structure; still more so with those of the second class Achćmenian, which I believe to be Persic, meaning the provincial Persian of Persis, and having nothing to do with the Persian Empire I wish to distinguish Persic from Persian, as I would Frankish from French, the conquerors having carried their name far beyond their own national territory.
I do not know what the trustees will do about the publication of the transcriptions. <1> They will be decided by Rawlinson I suppose, from whom nothing has yet been received. I should think it not unlikely that the syllabarium will form the commencement of a new volume. We have always two forms of explanation in
irtstis irtsit, for "earth". Ka and [bah?] "gate". &c &c. Often we find a crude form in one side, and a nomination on the other, as bar, báru, kal, kallu, &c. Once we have curiously Alep on the Hamitic side for a "bull" and buedu’ on the Semitic.
I am glad you are about to transliterate; and if I gain the assent of the Council, I will put it into the printer’s hands immediately.
H. Fox Talbot Esq
1. Probably Edwin Norris, Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, 1st Baronet (1810–1895), orientalist, et. al., The Cuneiform Inscriptions of Western Asia, produced by the British Museum, department of Egyptian Antiquities and lithographed by Robert Ewan Bowler (1794-1874), engraver, lithographer & artist, London.