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use in the progress which appears, at length, to be making in deciphering this hitherto unknown character, both by some learned foreigners*, and by Major Rawlinson, an English officer in Persia, who thinks that he has deciphered an inscription of great length, recording the conquest of Darius the Younger.

In a work of this nature the writer has necessarily been much indebted to others, and is happy to have this opportunity of acknowledging her obligations to Sir R. H. Inglis, Bart. ; the Hon. Mounstuart Elphinstone; General Briggs; Colonel Chesney ; and William Erskine, Esq.; who have most kindly afforded her such assistance and information as she

requested of them.

Notting-hill, January 12th, 1839.

* The labours of Raske, Grotefend, and St. Martin, have been some time before the public. Since that time the German traveller Schulz made copies of some inscriptions near Hamadan, which were submitted to M. Burnouf, a French savant, who is equally skilled in Greek, Sanscrit, and Zend; and he has written an essay on Schulz's inscription; and, by an examination with other inscriptions, he has framed a Zend alphabet of the cuneiform character.

Lassen, a countryman of Burnouf, and who is likewise a good Sanscrit and Zend scholar, has also read and translated these tablets; and his alphabet is said not to differ much from Burnouf's. Burnouf has printed a work, in two volumes, called “ Commentaries on the Yeçna," on the same subject.


Containing some Account of Babylon, before and since her Fall.

By the Editor.

Narrative of a journey to visit the ruins of Babylon in the year 1811

(now first published)-Departure from the encampment at Gherara,
near Bagdad - Description of the party-Aggher Koofs—Tauk
Kesra-Artificial mounds-Caravan of camels—Beginning of the
ruins of Babylon-Deputation from the Governor of Hillah-Ride
through the ruins-Large black stone with figures and inscription
– Vestiges of walls—The Kasr-Conversation with the Governor
of Hillah-The tree called Athelè— The Mujelibè— The enchanted.
serdaub-Fragments of ruins, with human bones-Marble frag-
ments—The body found in the Mujelibè -- Earthen pots-Jewish
synagogue at Hillah-Skeleton in a coffin-The tomb of Amran,
a son of Ali--The Birs Nemroud-Tribe of Arahs ---Tomb of
Ezekiel—The statue called the Idol-Return to Bagdad . p. 1-38

Originally published at Vienna, in the “ Mines de l'Orient,”!

with plates. From the Original Sketches by Mr. Rich.

General observations on the site of Babylon-Obligations to Major

Rennell-Description of the country between Bagdad and Hillah-
Khans erected at convenient distances for travellers—The Naher
Malcha – Large lion shot by a Zobeide Arab - Description of
Hillah-Mesjid-el-Shems—Miracle wrought by the prophet
Joshua-- his tomb~The sepulchre of Ezra---that of Ezekiel-Re-
venues of Hillah--the fertility of the soil—The Euphrates' canals

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