Royal Asiatic Society,
5, New Burlington Street, W.,
7th Decr 1861.
I shall have great pleasure in laying before the Council the liberal promise you kindly make of bearing half the expense of printing your papers, and I hope to be soon favoured with instructions to convey the thanks of the Society to you for the aid thus given.
Of course Hebrew or other printing with vowel points must be more expensive in any country than common work. But what authors may sometimes avoid is the preparing incomplete drafts and then working out the subject by additions and corrections. As far as possible, I wish to save this avoidable expense. When unavoidable, as in the case of your papers, it must be borne.
Professor Goldstücker has repeatedly urged the printing of our Journal abroad; but the Council does not seem convinced of the utility. Our present publisher, Quaritch, himself a foreigner and often reprinting his own catalogue, is quite averse to it in his own case and does not recommend it in ours, though it would in no wise affect him. Perhaps a Report on the subject by the Secretary of the Philological Society would be decisive in the matter. I will ask Professor Goldstücker if such a Report could be obtained.
With respect to your Composition I find that you have made four annual payments, viz. for ’57 & ’8 in ’58, and for ’59 & ’60 in ’61. You are, therefore, by Rule XXXV, entitled to compound for the sum of twenty guineas.
I remain, dear Sir, faithfully yours,
J. W. Redhouse
H. F. Talbot Esqre
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