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John Hayter (1756-1818)

A Report upon the Herculaneum manuscripts, in a second letter, addressed, by permission, to His Royal Highness The Prince Regent / by John Hayter. 1811

RCIN 1079863

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George’s chaplain John Hayter was one of a number of scholars who tried to read the thousands of damaged papyri which had been discovered at Herculaneum in 1752. George took a great interest in the project, and in 1819 paid the chemist Humphry Davy to attempt to unroll the manuscripts.

Probably presented by the author in 1811