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‘Verbum Sapienti’, by Sir William Petty

(‘In Petty's list of his own writings … the entry “Verbum Sapienti, and the value of People” stands opposite the year 1665, and the internal evidence makes it probable that the booklet was written in the latter part of that year.’ (The Economic Writings of Sir William Petty, ed. C. H. Hull (1899), vol. i.))

Letter from Lord Byron to William Clark

(The direction, which is not included in the text printed by Marchand, is ‘To Dr. W. Clarke | Trin. Coll. | Cambridge’, with ‘1813 | London Novr. twenty seventh’ above, and ‘Byron’ in the bottom left corner. There are no marks of posting.)

Letter from E. D. Clarke to William Clark

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Trumpington July 26. 1813.

My dear Sir

The Answer to your Letter may be comprized in very few words.

The route by Azof, or rather Taganrog, to the Caspian, might conduct you with all possible ease to Tarky (Terky) near Derbent (Derbend) upon the frontier of Persia, where you would find my old friend Orazai to whom I could give you a Letter. (See my first Vol. P. 47. second Edit.) {1} But I should, for myself, by much prefer the route through Asia Minor. It has, as you say, been often passed—but we know nothing of it—either of its antiquities, natural history, statistics, or anything else.—The other route is all among Scythians—upon my life you will not like it!—There is not a single object of interest or information the whole way—it is all one flat, melancholy, unwholesome region of nothingness—Russi—inter Christianos Βαρβαρωτατοι.—

Pray add the following to your List of instructions for Turkey.

1. Never attempt to move or to obtain Antiquities &c, &c, by means of a firmaun—do all these things by bribing the local Aghas, or Governors, with trifling gifts—a pair of cheap Pistols—a pocket telescope—a pocket knife—a razor—&c, &c.—your highest bribe must be a Watch with Turkish figures, worth in London about 4£ {2}.—

2. Dig upon the Site of the Temple of Bacchus at Naxos.—

3. Arragonite, worth ten Guineas a Specimen was found by me in the Grotto of Antipasos—Tennant is now employed in its analysis—I mistook it for common Stalactite of carbonated Lime. The interior of those Stalactites are radiated and sparry like this [There follows a sketch of a stalactite.] Pray attend to this—it is of some importance. Tennant made the discovery in my Lecture Room. Those Stalactites are white as snow—and may be from two inches, to two feet in diameter. You cannot bring home a more interesting specimen for natural history; as affecting the origin of the rarest mineral we have, and the only Anomaly in Hauy’s theory of Crystallization. Remember me most particularly to Lord Byron. Tell him I never can keep a copy of his poems one instant in the House. The Giaour is universally in favour[.] Send [me] {3} home some lumps of common Parian Marble from the old Quarry—mere lumps of the size of your head—for the Lecture. Also of the Pentelican from Athens—and pray ask if Lusieri has received my little present, by Lord Byron’s Servant.

Yrs truly
E. D. Clarke.

Tennant desires me to add that he wishes you would leave word at his rooms in the Temple how long you continue in Town?

[Direction:] William Clark Esqr | to the care of the | Lord Byron [In the bottom left corner:] 36 Craven St

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{1} Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa, vol. i (2nd ed., 1810). The page number should be 49, where a description of Orazai begins.

{2} The pound sign is written above the figure.

{3} The paper is damaged here slightly.

Letter from E. D. Clarke to William Clark

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My dear Sir

I forgot to add to the List the following caution which you can insert—

“Never attempt to move antiquities, &c, by means of a firmaun from Constantinople. The only effectual mode of proceeding is by bribing the local Governors, called Aghas, Waiwodes, &c.”

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You are very kind to offer to execute commissions for me. I shall be much obliged to you to enquire if Lusieri, at Athens, received the Thermometer, &c, which I sent to him by Lord Byron’s Servant.

Also to ascertain, by your own testimony, the truth or falsehood of this assertion which I have constantly made; viz. that the Boccaz of Samos, and the Island of Patmos, may be seen in very clear weather from the top of Mount Hymettus.

If you should want a common Greek Servant and Interpreter, you would find Antonio Manurâchi who lives at Constantinople to be quite a treasure. He understands collecting Medals, Plants, Marbles—is a very good Cook, Musician, &c, &c.—

I think you should also insert in your List one more Memorandum—namely

“To attend to the remains of the painted gothic style of Arch in the Levant, and ascertain the age of any such building”.

I have sent a short note for Lord Byron.

Most truly yours
E. D. Clarke.

Trumpington
July 11th 1813.

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No direction or marks of posting.

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