D’Hulst to Naville, April 19, 1887

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[1] Cairo April 19th 1887 

[2] My dear Sir 

[3] The contract is signed & I have 

[4] been with Mr. Coghill to the Public 

[5] Work’s office. They regret much but 

[6] are unable to lent us a tent, 

[7] having at present none in their 

[8] stores. Do you perhaps know 

[9] any English officer through whose 

[10] intermediary we could lent a 

[11] tent from the army? 

[12] Major Ross told us he was 

[13] affraid Mr. Coghill would at 

[14] present no more <longer> find enough 

[15] water in the canal to ship 

[16] the antiquities from Nebesheh 

[17] to Facus & told Mr. Coghill to

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MS source:

Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 2542, f. 228

D’Hulst to Naville, April 19, 1887, contd.

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[1] make sure about this before 

[2] he would begin. Mr. Coghill, when 

[3] at Nebesheh, was told by the 

[4] boatmen that it was practicable, 

[5] however he has decided to sent 

[6] down somebody to-morrow 

[7] to Facus (to-day it was too late for 

[8] the train) to make inquieries. This 

[9] person will be back here by 

[10] Thursday evening, when Mr. 

[11] Coghill will let me know 

[12] the result. 

[13] I remain my dear Sir 

[14] yours faithfully 

[15] Riamo d’Hulst

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Notes on the text:

1.Facus alt. spelling Faqus

2.D’Hulst, possibly a native German speaker, appears to write “lent” not “lend” and “sent” not “send” and misspells several words, such as afraid and inquiries.

MS source:

Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 2542, f. 229

D’Hulst to Naville, April 12, 1887

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[1] Royal Hotel, Cairo 

[2] April 12th 87 

[3] My dear Sir 

[4] I have forwarded to-day the box, as 

[5] requested to Mr. Petrie at Bedraschein. You 

[6] forgot to tell me how you would settle the 

[7] bill (three times 36 shillings) with Mr. Petrie, 

[8] I suppose it will be best you arrange that 

[9] through Mr. Griffith. As I told you I shall 

[10] take the boxes over at the same price when 

[11] I shall go to Nebesheh. I have seen Mr. 

[12] Coghill to-day; I can get rid of part of the 

[13] stores for his engineer, as he will have 

[14] to take stores. 

[15] All what Mr. Petrie required I found 

[16] with the exception of one tins in one of the 

[17] boxes at Mr. Large’s. I also spoke to Mr. 

[18] Large about the bill & he told me: The 

[19] boxes of Mr. Petrie & Mr. Griffith had been 

[20] given into his charge without that he 

[21] had been told <that> they were private property 

[22] and as neither of those gentlemen had 

[23] an account with him he naturally con-

[24] cluded that the boxes belonged to the Fund

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[1] & he had booked them accordingly. Mr. 

[2] Large has promised however to rearrange 

[3] our account. I suppose I am right to say 

[4] there are only two boxes of Mr. Griffith’s 

[5] at Large’s? 

[6] I remain My dear Sir 

[7] Yours faithfully 

[8] Riamo d’Hulst

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Historical notes:

1. El-Badrashein or al-Badrashin

MS source:

Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 2542, f. 227


D’Hulst to Naville, March 15, 1887

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[1] Cairo March 15th 1887

[2] My dear Mr. Naville

[3] I have got an answer from Mr. James

[4] Coghill for the removal of the antiquities at Tell Nebesheh

[5] & Abusir respectively to Boulak and Alexandria & those

[6] for Boston & London. The price he requires for this

[7] work will be three hundred pounds sterling.

[8] I enclose a copy of the contract Mr. Coghill

[9] is willing to enter into. He will not do more than

[10] guarantee due care, for, he says, to do more he cannot.

[11] Awaiting your decision, I remain

[12] Yours faithfully

[13] Riamo d’Hulst

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MS source:

Bibliothèque de Genève, Ms. fr. 2542, f. 226