Sir Alexander Johnston an Wilhelm von Humboldt, 07.07.1829|146r| 19 Great Cumberland Place
7: July 1829.
My dear Sir.
we have just received from Sir Charles Colville the Governor of the Isle of France the translation of the Gospel of St Luke & part of that of St Matthew from the English into the Madagascan language as this is the first work what was ever printed on Madagascar[a] & as it will be an effort of curiosity to you & may possibly |146v| be of use to you in your researches into the South American languages the committee have at my request agreed to send it off immediately to you
Pray have the kindness after you have considered it, to write me fully what you think of the language. if you would wish any further inquieries to be made upon the subject, send me any instructions |147r| or queries which may occur to you & I will immediately forward them to Sir Charles Colville who is a friend of mine & will be delighted to procure any further information <for you> as to this or any other language in the Island of Madagascar.
Lady Johnston & my daughters beg to be kindly remembered to you & I amMy dear Baron
Yours very sincerely
- a |Editor| Zu den ersten auf Madagaskar gedruckten Büchern gehörte das Lukas-Evangelium; Carol Holden: Early printing from Africa in the British Library. In: The Electronic British Library Journal 1997, S. 7f. (http://www.bl.uk/eblj/1997articles/pdf/article1.pdf). Dieses Buch befand sich in zwei Exemplaren in Humboldts Bibliothek: Schwarz 1993, S. 46 Nr. 337. 338.