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Autograph letter signed from James Simpson to Dr Barham, 3 January 1866

 Item — Box: CLX-A-1591
Identifier: Coll-1848/22-0017

Scope and Contents

Autograph letter signed from Sir James Young Simpson to Dr Barham, Edinburgh, 3 January 1866, on the subject of Dr Barham's antique tin marked with a symbol that Simpson is trying to decipher.

In the letter, Simpson tells Barham that "Professor Stephens of Copenhagen is here at pressent, & has told us at the Antiquarian Society that your jug of tin ... has upon it this mark X which he reads as a rune in old English meaning ST which he believes to mean Stan or Stone - the name - as he supposes of the proprietor. This appears to me to be all very doubtful, I find in Kenrick's Phoenician a letter of the Phoenician alphabet of the same form X, & it seems to me to be as likely this as S.T. I would feel greatly obliged if you could kindly send me a sketch of the natrual size of the mark or the marks, or a gutterpercha cast or paper cast ..."

"Professor Stephens" is very likely to be George Stephens (1813-1895), professor at the University of Copenhagen, specialist in runic inscriptions.


  • Creation: 3 January 1866


Language of Materials


Physical Description

3 sides, 8vo.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.


1 letter

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in November 2021. Accession no. SC-Acc-2022-0017.

Physical Description

3 sides, 8vo.

Processing Information

Catalogued in January 2023 by Aline Brodin.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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