Reference numberAP/4/15
TitleUnpublished translations of letters, 'Mr Turberville Needham, FRS, and, his enquiries after a connection between certain Egyptian hieroglyphics, and the modern writing of China' from A [Alban?] Butler, C [Charles] Morton, and Jesuit priests
DescriptionTranslations of two letters originally written in French regarding similarities between the form of Egyptian hieroglyphic characters and Chinese characters, first observed by Needham on an Egyptian bust of Isis in the Royal Museum in Turin [Italy]. The first letter was sent by Butler and Morton to Fathers Novial and Bouricel in Macao [Macau, China], and the second letter is a response to this letter from an unnamed priest in Pe-king [Beijing, China]. Numerous corrections, additions, marginalia, and deletions appear in ink throughout.

Subject: Anthropology / Linguistics

Translated by Charles Morton. Read to the Royal Society on 18 May, 9 June, and 16 June 1768.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
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Fellows associated with this archive
NA1286Morton; Charles (1716 - 1799)1716 - 1799
NA1572Needham; John Turberville (1713 - 1781)1713 - 1781
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