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The letter of Ethel Voynich (1930)

WILFRID M. VOYNICH,

33 WEST 42ND STREET,

NEW YORK.

LONDON:- 175, PICCADILLY, W.1

Telephone: Longacre 9019

The Cipher MS. was bought [inserted: with other MSS] by W.M. Voynich,

in or about 1911. It was the property of the

Vatican, and was (in a castle ?) at Frascati.

The intermediary through whom he ap-

proached the Vatican authorities was

the English Jesuit Father Joseph (?)

Strickland, who had, I believe, some con-

nection with Malta. Father Strickland,

who has since died, knew that the sale of

certain MSS. had been decided upon, if a

buyer could be found whose discretion

could be trusted. Whether this [inserted: secrecy] was because

of the strained relations with the Quirinal

I do not know. Father Strickland gave

his personal assureance that W.M.V. could

be trusted, and on that assurance he was

[2]

allowed to buy, afer giving a promise

of secresy [sic]. He told me at the time, in confi-

dence, feeling that someone should

know, in case of his death. For the same

reason I am leaving this statement in the

safe, in case of my death.

E.L. Voynich.

July 19. 1930.

[envelope cover]

Opened by A.M. Nill

Aug. 9, 1960

Concerning the Cipher MS.

Not to be opened till

after my death, and then

only by A.M. Nill or one

other responsible person in place of

her.