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Document number: 5767
Date: 28 Jan 1839
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: BLOMFIELD Charles James
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Last updated: 24th November 2015

28 Jany 1839.


I beg to thank you for the wish, which you are so good as to express, of dedicating to me your ingenious Essay on the Antiquity of the Book of Genesis. <1>

Having found it advisable, for reasons, which you will readily imagine, to observe for some years past a general rule, not to give a formal permission to any author to inscribe to me a work relating to theological subjects, I am not at liberty to depart from it in the present instance, although there is nothing in Your Essay to which I have any other objection, than that some of your Etymological reasonings are rather far fetched.

I have the honour to be Sir Your obedient faithful Servant
C. I. London

P S. With reference to your remarks on Attis it may be remarked that “ΑΤΤα”, a name by which young persons addressed their parent or [hume?] (or generally an elder, Collins Ep.i. 3.) is said by Eustathius <2> to have been a Thessalian word.

Henry Fox Talbot Esqr


1. H. Fox Talbot, The Antiquity of the Book of Genesis; Illustrated by Some New Arguments (London: Longman, Orme, Green, Brown, and Longman, 1839).

2. ( fl.12th century)