TO Mr. MURRAY Venice Dec. 9th, 1816 Ch. R. Cammell:
"Of the lost line of gods he seemed to be,
An eagle in the heaven of poesy".
"To the Armenian Fathers at Venice".
am begun, and am proceeding in, a study of the Armenian language, which I acquire, as well as I can, at the Armenian convent, where I go every day to lake lessons of a learned friar*,
and have gained some singular and not useless information with regard to the literature and customs of that oriental people. They have an establishment here, a church and convent of ninety monks, very learned and accomplished men, some of them. They have also a press, and make great efforts for the enlightening of their nation. I find the language (which istwin, the literal and the vulgar) difficult, but not invincible (at least, I hope not). I shall go on. I found
it necessary to twist my mind round some severer study, and this, as being the hardest I could devise here, will be a file for the serpent.
* R. P. Paschal Dr. Aucher
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