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Document number: 5806
Date: 15 Dec 1846
Dating: answered 18 Dec
Recipient: PHILLIPPS Thomas
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: Bodleian Library, Oxford
Collection number: c.496 ff 169-171
Last updated: 20th April 2013


Sir T. Phillipps

Lacock Abbey
15 Dec /46

Dear Sir

I quite agree with you that barrow signifies a burial place; but it is also identical with the German berg, a hillock tumulus [Greek text]. the German verb bergen, to bury, tumulare, unites the two etymologies into one. Bergen is to hide in [illegible deletion] any way: a buried treasure is geborgener Schatz. I do not know whether I have seen the particular paper to which you refer but from some paper of yours, if I mistake not, I have learnt the very curious etymology of Brixton from Egbricht’s Stone. Do you agree with me that Osbaldeston & Barnardiston refer to the sepulchral monuments of those persons? And by what rule are we to know when the final syllable ton means a town?

Allow me to point out to you my etymology of Mansel in p. 415, and believe me to remain

Yours very truly
H. F. Talbot

P.S. my photographer is about to open an establishment in Regent Street – At this time of year he does not occupy himself much with making pictures, the weather rendering it too difficult, but in the Spring he will be happy to wait on you if you desire it. I have lately received a good number of interesting views from friends in Sicily and Italy.

It will give me great pleasure I assure you to visit you one of these days at Middle Hill, perhaps some time in the ensuing spring if you should then be at home.

answd 18 D.

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