November 19th 1875
In reply to your letter regarding the sheets of text in course of publication I am sorry to say that as yet only one Sheet, that, of the first tablet has been passed for press. The remainder are as yet uncorrected. Mr Smith <1> has taken his M.S.S. and proofs with him and will correct the latter on this journey and forward to England –
Messrs Harrison <2> the printers have orders from Mr Smith to forward me copies of the texts and on receipt of them I will at once forward them to you
I enclose a proof sheet of the “Fifth Tablet” – which I have examined with original, and, which is I think fairly correct.
I am about to publish in the Journal of the Society the XIIth Isdubar legend, which is of a curious, and important character.
We have as yet received no news of Mr Smiths arrival in Constantinople; but are daily expecting to hear –
A new and very fairly
engraved preserved inscription of <cuneiform text> Rim Apu (<illegible>) the son of Kudur-mabup has been brought to England and we hope to gain the same for the Museum – It is of the usual dedicatory character.
I have this morning found some fragments of a Litany containing invocations to the Deities Lakhmu and Lakhamu – who occur in the creation tablet – There are yet many things of importance in the home collection. –
With best wishes
W BoscawenH Fox Talbot Esq. FRAS
1. George Smith (1840–1876), Assyriologist.
2. Harrison & Sons, Printers, London.