--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, "Peter T. Daniels" <grammatim@...>
> suzmccarth wrote:
> > "From A Dissertation on the Nature and Character of the Chinese
> > System of Writing, by Peter S. Du Ponceau. The book was
published in
> > 1838 as volume 2 of the Transactions of the Historical and
> > Committee of the American Philosophical Society. For comments on
> > this work, see DeFrancis (1984)."
> --that would be the book. And probably where I first heard about
> IIRC I've only seen it in French.

Surely the original is in English. In any case interesting -
DuPonceau must have read Champollion, the younger's, dissertation.