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Thomas Gaisford to Peter Elmsley

Canvassing PE's support for the father-in-law of a friend, Mr Carstairs, in his candidacy for a directorship of the East India Company. Bekker's Theognis - not sure of genuineness of 159 additional verses from the Modena ms., but will print them anyway as an appendix to vol. 1 of Poetae Minores. Vol. 2 to be ready by Christmas - printers busy with index - asks PE for his observations on Archilochus.

Thomas Gaisford to Peter Elmsley

Addressed to PE c/o Donat Orsi (bankers) in Florence - received 13th March. Florence library - ms. of Sophoclean scholia. Asks PE to examine 2 mss. of Suidas (Laurentian library and Badia Fiorentina) - get someone to collate half a dozen pages, then decide which deserves a full collation. Costs of collation (900 francs for a similar job in Paris). Problem in Proclus on Hesiod - can PE find a ms.? Also Scholion on Theognis. (Answers to both written in by PE.) Recommends mss. in library of Badia Fiorentina, based on work by Bernard de Montfaucon. Provost of Oriel and political pamphlets. Blomfield's Agamemnon - very good, though much remains to be done. PE's election as select preacher.

Thomas Gaisford to Peter Elmsley

PE in Florence. Medicean ms. of Suidas not much help - longer passages omitted or curtailed - asks for collation of Alpha only - then he can make a final judgement. Asks after mss. of Stobaeus. Reasons for some palaeographical errors. Has G's letter to Niebuhr arrived? Some doubts re Bekker. Sale of duplicates of Burney's books from British Museum. Death of Bishop of Peterborough, and various academic gossip.

Thomas Gaisford to Peter Elmsley

PE in Florence - received 3rd June. Mss. of Suidas - various thanks and requests. Sophoclean scholion contains an important reading in Isocrates - important ms. of Isocrates in Laurentian library. On mss. of John Damascene and Apollonius Rhodius (PE interlinear notes). A German Baron Schellershem has acquired some mss. from the Badia, but makes them freely available. Salviati family - what has happened to their mss.? Austrian restrictions on export of mss. - PE should be careful if he returns via Venice or Milan. If PE returns via Geneva, a query re a ms. of Theocritean scholia, which may contain some verses of Sositheus. Various gossip.

Thomas Gaisford to Peter Elmsley

on PE's difficulties with libraries in Paris. Sarcasm re Herculaneum 'cinders' - more good likely to come from royal and conventual libraries in Naples than from them. Developing technology of lithography excellent for accurate and cheap reproductions. Dobree's Porson's Aristophanica. Hermann, now that Porson is dead, fears an Emsleian school will attract German students. PE on the point od leaving England again. Changes at Ch Ch due to appointment of Goodenough as HM of Westminster.

Thomas Gaisford to Peter Elmsley

Thanks PE for his transcription of the Suidas ms., and asks him to check in the Vatican, if he visits on his way out or back, if there are 2 other mss. Enquires after 2 mss. of Stobaeus in the Palazzo Capodimonte in Naples, if PE finds time - perhaps he could consult a catalogue by Harles before leaving London. News of his own collating and publishing. Why has Bekker gone to Italy? - anything he does is exciting. Recommends an acquaintance in Naples.

Thomas Gaisford to Peter Elmsley

PE in Naples. Thanks for letters from London, Paris and Rome. PE's nephew admitted to Oriel (university crowded, and many applications notwithstanding). PE's transcript of the Suidas ms. very useful. PE failed to find a Suidas in the Vatican, but G is not convinced - he would have asked (Cardinal) Mai, but his promotion (chief librarian of the Vatican) makes it unlikely that he would accept. Wyttenbach dead - his papers on Plutarch had been sent to Oxford last summer, but needs much work. Possible purchase by the university of some mss. Request from President of Magdalen that PE collates a ms. if he passes through Milan. Oxford news, inc. fire at Magdalen Hall and proclamation of George IV.

Thomas Gaisford to Peter Elmsley

PE in Florence (intending to return in autumn). Mss. of Stobaeus. Niebuhr has (illicitly?) improved and reprinted a palimpsest publication of Mai. Visit of Bekker and Brandis to Oxford - working on Aristotle, and thwarted by Mai in Milan and by del Furia in the Laurentian (Florence). Praise of Bekker's collations. Blomfield unlikely to continue with Aeschylus after his appointment to the living of (St Botolph's) Bishopsgate.

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