16 Decr 1823
My dear Sir
If you could make it convenient to receive my son at the beginning of February, I should be glad to send him towards the end of next month, so as to arrive at Bonn early in Feby. Our good friend Dr Noehden has suggested that you might perhaps not be unwilling to let Mr Lassen take a three weeks’ vacation for the purpose of accompanying him (& probably Young Johnson too) on this journey as far as Bonn & afterwards returning to resume his labors of collation at the India House. Dr Noehden has sounded Mr Lassen, who appears not at all averse from the plan. Perhaps the time, which would be lost on this excursion, might be made up by Mr L. prolonging his stay just so much beyond the period at present intended: or possibly the relaxation might be of service & not ultimately delay the completion of his task. Should you approve of this plan Dr N & I will  arrange it with Mr L. Sir Alexander Johnston is still a little undetermined: but I think he will take the advantage of the opportunity to let his son go at the same time instead of waiting till Easter. If not I beg to be allowed to reimburse the extra charge which may attend receiving one of the boys before the other.
I have been examining the book which you & I met with at the India House entitled Panchatantra & bearing the name of Anantabhattá for its author. It turns out to be an abridgment of that work, & its proper title, as given in the epigraphs of the several chapters, is Catʼhámrĭta-nidhi.
A translation of the Panchatantra itself has been lately put into my hands. It is by a Gentleman whom I knew in India, & who died there a few years ago. I hope to have his fatherʼs permission to publish it. It is well enough done; & there are translations of other Sanscrit works, by the same hand, which I hope will see the light likewise
I am dear Sir
with great esteem Yours very sincly