Excerpt from The New Monthly Magazine and Literary Journal, 1821, Vol. 3: Historical Register
Towards the end of 1818, and in the beginning of 1819, he examined at Naples the Herculanean manuscripts, and soon declared his Opinion, that they had not been acted upon by fire so as to be completely carbonized, but that their leaves were cc mentad together by a sub tance formed during the fermentation, and chemical change pro uced in along course of years. He ia vented a composition for the dissolution of this substance, but could not discover more than from 80 to 100 out of 1265 manu scn'pts, which presented any probability of success.
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