James Frederic McCurdy 2pp. holograph letter
Date Published: 1892
Binding: No binding
4-1/2 x 7 inches. 2pp. holograph letter.
490 Spadina Ave. Toronto, Dec 15, 1892 Dr. D. J. C. Green; My dear Sir: I regret that incessive occupation has prevented from replying earlier to your polite note of Oct. 24. I am heartily glad to know that you cherish an interest in Oriental Studies at your advance time of life. Zeal in this particular pursuit in almost monopolized by the younger generation of scholars. There is no doubt that your influence is being steadily used to promote the growth of such a valuable and, may I add, such a timely undertaking as the general encampment? of work in this department of learning. Trusting that you may have peace and prosperity in your closing days I remain, Yours faithfully, J.F. McCurdy
Old paper clip mark at top, otherwise, very good condition.
James Frederic McCurdy was a professor and an orientalist. He was born in Chatham, New Brunswick, and became Professor of Oriental Languages, University College, Toronto, Canada. He was one of the founding members of the University of Toronto's Department of Near Eastern Studies. He studied at the University of New Brunswick, then at the University of Göttingen and University of Leipzig, then Princeton Theological Seminary under William Henry Green. His main area of study was the origins of ancient Hebrew and linguistic archeology. He was one of the scholars who held to the view that the ancient Israelites already had an advanced literary culture at the time of the migration from Canaan to Egypt.
He is considered the “father” of biblical studies in Canada.
Very Good. Item #5883