Document ReferencePw F 6083
TitleLetter from Dr B[enjamin] Kennicott, 'Golden Ball, Bottom Haymarket', to [W.H.C. Cavendish-Bentinck], 3rd Duke of Portland; 31 Mar. 1766
Date31 March 1766
Extent2 ff
Content DescriptionStates that Mr Kaye informed him that the duke wished to be informed of the answer from China; says the answer is from a Jesuit in China and is a very long letter; notes that the question at issue was whether the 32 characters on the bust of Isis at Turin and which are supposed to be Chinese, are really so; notes that though 5 of the characters are like Chinese, the whole is not; the Jesuit sent some 'elegant drawings' of Chinese characters and a 'curious Dissertation' on the nature of Chinese literature.
Termantiquities, bust of Isis at Turin
literature, Chinese
art, sculpture, bust of Isis at Turin
palaeography, Chinese hieroglyphics

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA1097Kaye; Richard (1736-1809); 6th Baronet; chaplain to the King 1766; dean of Lincoln; rector of Kirkby Nottinghamshire; prebend of York Southwell and Durham1736-1809
NA35310Kennicott; Benjamin (1718-1783); Dr; DD; biblical scholar; Radcliffe librarian 1767-83; canon of Christ Church Oxford from 17701718-1783
NA905Bentinck; William H.C. Cavendish- (1738-1809); 3rd Duke of Portland; succ. 17621738-1809
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