This page reproduces the covering letter sent by William Leake to Augustus Boeckh with the Deering notebooks. Click on the images to see a larger version of the page.
(address Professor Augustus Boeckh Berlin)
50 Queen Anne Street London
21 August 1843
I have been desired by the Council of the Royal Society of Literature to transmit to you the inclosed transcripts of some Inscriptions of Aphrodisias, which were copied by Mr. J. P. Deering in the ruins of that city in the year 1813. In the Volume of the transactions of the Society recently published, you will see the motives of
this mark of respect towards you, and it will be my study to cause it to be repeated, whenever the occasion shall recur.
Permit me to offer some observations which have occured to me in perusing with the accustomed pleasure and instruction your new fasciculus, which has very lately reached me, of the Corpus Inscriptionum Graecorum. 2151 d. (II p. 1018) is complete according to Mr. Finley, and exhibits no marks of being a fragment. Dryo is the name of a modern village in Euboea near where
the Inscription was found. ΔΡΥΕΥΣ therefore appears to be the gentile of a Dryum or Dryo, an Euboean town or demus, which occurs not in history.
Of 3438, it is said in the C.I.G. "minusculis edidit Keppel cum translatione Leakii". But this does not exactly express the meaning of Keppel, who says that for the text in minuscula of all the inscriptions as well as for the translations and notes accompanying them he was "endebted to Colonel Leake".
3165, which I copied at Burnabat near Smyrna in 1800 is in the
fourth line, if I mistake not
With sentiments of the highest respect, I have the honour to be
Sir your obedient servant
Wm. Martin Leake