Weston super Mare
Apl. 30. 1875
I am much obliged by your letter. I have the 3 vols. hitherto pubd of “Records of the Past” & had read & marked your later rendering of the tablet; but had forgotten it in reading the Tranns again, & so the thought of the Egn Khesbet came into my mind.
I have been for 2 yrs a Member of the Excellent Socy of B. Archy & am heartily sorry I cannot be present to hear your paper on the Deluge Tablets.
M. Lenormant’s paper in “Les prem. Civns” is extremely interesting. I see Mr G. Smith seems to look askance on the mythological theory. I have been enlisting friends as members of the Socy & have already added 7. I trust you will give us more of your interesting notes on the religious beliefs of the Babns & Assns. I am anxious to find out more abt the Resurrection as believed in by them, in special connection with Merodach.
I have been for 2 or 3 years at work upon the life of Abraham as illustrated from Chaldn & Egn records &c, & have got something on the stocks for publication. If you can kindly give me any suggestions as to sources of infn I shall be particularly obliged.
I have Menant’s new book “Babylone” &c. Do you hold the earlier date c.2000 B.C. for Sargon I., & some such date for Khammurabi? If Kudur-Mab[illegible] was identical with Kudur-Lagamar as Sir H. Rawlinson formerly thought, then Khammurabi must have been nearly as early as that. And I cannot help thinking that the right supposition. The variation in the title cannot be fatal, for Kudur-nakhkhunte also calls himself “servant of Lagamar” + in the Elamite inscription: & all the rest agrees so wonderfully, including the name of the [illegible] & Viceroy [illegible deletion] Rim-aku or (as Mr G. Smith says it might be read Eriaku) = Arioch.
If you can kindly find time for any reply to these questions I shall highly value your kindness
Believe me Dear Sir Yrs very faithfully
Henry George Tomkins
+ Tr. Soc. Bib. Arch. vol. III. p. 479H. Fox Talbot Esq
H. Fox Talbot Esqre