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Document number: 6725
Date: 22 Apr 1875
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: TOMKINS Henry George
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: Acc 22831 (envelope)
Last updated: 24th December 2012

Park Lodge
Weston super Mare
April 22. 1875


May I take the liberty of offering a suggestion with regard to your most interesting article in the Trr. Soc. Bib. Arch. vol II. p 31 “The Death of the Righteous Man”. Ishtar & Marduk “bring a khisibta from their heavenly treasury:” [illegible deletion]

You have suggested that the word means a jewel. It has occurred to me that it must surely be the Khesbet of the Egyptians, which M. Chabas translates as lapis (lazuli). See Etudes sur l’Antiquite historique. 2. Edn pp.21. 120, &c. Surely this (allowing for the difference in form in the languages) is the identical word, is it not? And the stone would be most appropriate: – the gold-spangled sapphire of the ancients, representing the starry heaven (Exod. xxiv.10). Have you ascertained yet what the “sisbu” was?

Trusting that my conjecture may not be unacceptable I have the honour to be Sir

Yrs faithfully
Henry George Tomkins
(late Vicar of Branscombe)
W. H. Fox Talbot Esqre

W. H. Fox Talbot Esqre
Lacock Abbey

[envelope annotated by WHFT:]
Revd H.F. Tomkins
Apr 22.

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