Letter from Richard Clarke to the Count of Pesigny

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Letter from Richard Clarke, Secretary, to the Count of Pesigny, French ambassador to London, in response to the Count's request for details about the Society, which are sent to him, including the fact the Society enjoys royal patronage. Also given are details of funding including that the East India Company gives 200 guineas per annum. Some of Society's 'work' is mentioned particularly the work of Rawlinson on Cuneatic inscriptions as well as fact that £1000 was granted by Parliament towards publication of the same. The Society's library is mentioned as is the fact that there are 2 related institutions, 'The Oriental Translation Fund ' and the 'Oriental Text Society'. Further details requested by the Count or by the Minister of Public Instruction in France will be given on request. (Found on page 214)