H F Talbot Esq
When are you likely to be in town? We have recently received from Colonel Coghlan the whole of his Himyaritic plates–<1> The Museum are going to engrave them & Dr Osiander is about to furnish translations &c I suppose in the D. Morgenlandisch Gesellschaft. <2> – They are 27 in No reading of ר where he reads ד. At the same time Idalion & Jemasas especially the latter – are good suggestions. I send you the original impression in paper whence my copy was taken that y may examine it at your leisure – let me have it back when you have done with it – I send y also a note I have received from Rawlinson <3> with a Notice of a New Discovery of his – perhaps y will return this with the impression –
In gt haste Ever sincerely Yrs
W S W Vaux
1. Colonel (later Sir) William Marcus Coghlan (1803-1885) presented antiquities that he had collected in Aden to the British Museum in 1862 and 1863. Himyaritic was an early form of Arabic.
2. Johann Wilhelm Ernst Osiander (1829-1864), "Ueber eine Sammlung neu entdeckter himjarischer Inschriften" ("On a collection of newly discovered inscriptions Himyartic"), Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, v. 17, 1863, pp.789-798.
3. This note no longer with the letter and was probably returned as requested. Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, 1st Baronet (1810–1895), orientalist.