I venture to beg your acceptance of the ponderous & venerable Tome, that will accompany this – He is indeed a tatterdemalion in dress, but you will look deeper for his merits.
I was trying my hand at criticism, & with a view to this
to this was looking for Cooper’s Thesaurus, <1> when I found that of Joranus – The object I had in view, was to collate the different uses of Concerto in this respect I have not succeeded –
As I find I
have am back’d by some good authorities – Honest Seapalu[?] & Thucydides <2> I presume to suggest whether the name “abesenthum” may not have [taken?] place from the bitter taste of the plant – untouchable, uneatable undrinkable –
To the authorities brought forward
by to my aid by Joranus I would add that of Thucydides in his description of the pestilence [illegible deletion] at Athens
Τα γαρ ορνεα και Τετραποδα οσα ανθρώπων άπτεται <3> – Lib. ii –
I will not further apologise for what your kind present has occasion’d –
Agnosco viteris but Agnosco veteris vestigia flammæ <4>
I am Dear Sir respectfully & faithfully
1. Thomas Cooper, Thesaurus linguae Romanae et Britannicae (1565).
2. Thucydides ( ca.460–404), Athenian historian.
3. The birds (omens) have four feet also as far as concerns mankind.
4. ‘I recognize traces of an old passion’. Virgil, Æneid iv. 23.