Travels in Mesopotamia Including a Journey from Alepo, Across the Euphrates to Orfah (the Ur of the Chaldees); Through the Plains of the Turcomans, to

 
9781235778087: Travels in Mesopotamia Including a Journey from Alepo, Across the Euphrates to Orfah (the Ur of the Chaldees); Through the Plains of the Turcomans, to

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1827 Excerpt: ... APPENDIX. CONTAINING A BRIEF STATEMENT OF THE RESULT OF CERTAIN LEGAL PROCEEDINGS CONNECTED WITH THE LITEEARY CHARACTER OF THE AUTHOR. At the close of the last volume of Travels, which I had the honour to lay before the world, was an Appendix, which contained a number of documents, illustrative of the measures pursued by the late Mr. John Lewis Burckhardt,--Mr. William John Bankes, late member for Cambridge,--Mr. Henry Bankes, his father, late member for Corfe Castle,--Mr. Gifford, late editor of the Quarterly Review,--and Mr. John Murray, publisher,--who had united their misrepresentations and their influence, to destroy my reputation, both as a man and an author, for the purpose of preventing the publication, of my "Travels in Palestine," and other countries of the East, in order that Mr. W. J. Bankes, who had some intention to publish his observations on the same countries, should come into the field before me, and reap whatever fame was to be acquired by priority and novelty, in the details of researches and observations made by each at the same period and on the same spot. As soon as my return from India to England rendered it practicable, certain proceedings at law were instituted by me against three of these parties, for the purpose of proving to the world the utter falsehood of their calumnies, and the gross injustice of their conduct. Although two years had elapsed between the institution of these proceedings and the publication of the volume of Travels alluded to, yet, when it was issued from the press, not one of the three had been brought to a close. Since that period, two other years have passed away, and even these have been but just sufficient to terminate proceedings which, had not delays been studiously interposed by the parties interested,...

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