Between May 1885 and December 1886, Gaston Maspero and Richard de Régnauld de Lannoy de Bissy exchanged at least four letters, concerning a map, de Bissy had apparently made of Egypt and that Bissy wanted to have presented to “Doctor Schweinfurth” (Probably Georg Schweinfurth).

Here is a Letter from May 16th, 1885.


Boulaq, May 16th, 1885

Letter from Gaston Maspero to Richard de Régnauld de Lannoy de Bissy,  16-05-1885Sir,

I am sorry to report that I have not been as successful in my enquiries as I had wished. The Ministry of Public Works which I contacted has still not replied to me. Schweinfurth is away for a few days. But I still hope to succeed in obtaining the information you need.

We could maybe find it directly in France. The map of the Fayum was made about ten years ago by a Frenchman named Rousseau who has left the Egyptian Service and has returned to France.

In 1884, his last address was Rousseau-Pacha, former under-secretary of State at the Ministry of Public Works, at Cannes.

I believe he has recently moved to Versailles but if you write to Cannes, the letter will almost certainly be forwarded to his new address.

Yours sincerely,

Gaston Maspero's signature.


Source of the Letter: Bibliothèque nationale de France

Translation: Sylvie Weens


 

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