6. Blumentritt, Leitmeritz, 14 November l886

  Old books on the Philippines at the Royal Library of Ber- lin - The works of Morga and Combes - Isabelo de los Reyes.

  Leitmeritz, Bohemia
14 November 1886
  Very esteemed Sir,

I wished very much to answer at once your letter of 4th instant, but I have had to give up this pleasure on account of the pile of official matters that have accumulated and for having to take care of my eyes at night. I'm glad to know that you are well and have called on the Privy Cnuncilor Meyer in Dresden. He must be very busy now because he has not written me since the 25th of last month.

You will like Berlin; it is a city that offers an infinity of things to a man avid for pleasure as well as to the scholar. The ethnngraphic museum, so admirably installed by Bastian, must have aroused your respect. In the Royal Library (not in the University Library) there is found a large number of old books about the Philippines that the German poet A. von Chamisso (born French) bought in Manila and brought to Germany 60 years ago. Among them is a copy oE Morga[1], which is very rare, and one Combes[2]. Have you already called on Virchow and Jagor?

Your Ilocano countryman, my dear and esteemed friend I. de los Reyes, is working incessantly. I'm pleased with his very valuable ethnographic works. It is a pity that he has not studied ethnography which would make his studies even more brilliant.

Vith my next letter I shall send you my photograph. For the lack of punctuality of my photographer, my intention to send it to you today was frustrated.

I'm very sorry that I have to abstain from visiting the Philippine Exposition in Madrid, 1887.

Nothing more for now; I greet you in the name of my wife and in my own, with greetings and a handclasp,

   

  Yours very affectionately,
F. Blumentritt

 
[1] Doctor Antonio de Morga, Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas, 1609.
[2] Fr. Francisco Combes, S.J., Historia de las Islas de Mindanao, Jolo, y sus adyacentes, Madrid, 1667, printed after the author's death at Acapulco, Mexico, on 29 December 1665. W. E. Retana in collaboration with Fr. Pastells published a new edition at Madrid in 1897 with a biography of Fr. Combes.

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