Edward Robinson Writes to His Publisher to Inquire About His "Biblical Researches in Palestine"

October 12, 1840

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Edward Robinson Writes to His Publisher to Inquire About His "Biblical Researches in Palestine"
Autograph Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 545

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      When the American theologian Edward Robinson traveled to the Holy Land in 1837 and 1838, his intent was to identify archeological ruins associated with events in the Judeo-Christian Bible; it was not to create the modern fields of biblical geography, or biblical archeology, or even to write a monumental three-book work about his efforts called Biblical Researches in Palestine, Mount Sinai and Arabia Petraea.  But such were the results of his archaeological sojourn, albeit as of the writing of this letter, they were a year way.  Here he asks his British publisher, from his (temporary) home in London how he is getting on with his “Manuscript of Palestine.” He would, he explains, like to travel home to America soon.


      Autograph Letter Signed (“E. Robinson”), 1 page, octavo, 19 Sidmouth St., Regents Square [London, England], October 12 ,1840. To Mr. Murray.
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      Will Mr Murray permit me to ask: How he is getting on with my Manuscript of Palestine?

      I venture to make the inquiry, because I had hoped to be able to leave England by the Halifax & Boston Steamer of Oct. 20th. I fear however it may already be too late to think of going before Nov. 1.

      With high respect

      Yours very truly

      E. Robinson

      19 Sidmouth St. Regents Square
      Oct. 12, 1840