Ixxvi RICHARD CLEASBY. 1839.
met applicants who desired to avail themselves of the literary treasures under his care.
Fortified with this letter, Cleasby presented himself at Upsala on the iQth of May, and
saw Schröder, whom he calls ' an obliging, friendly man.' He made no objection to the
collation of the MS. with Gabelentz and Lobe's edition, and, while he went to Stock-
holm, confided Cleasby to the care of the under-librarian Afzelius, with whom he spent
the morning of the 2Oth in trying to find his
' Colleague Fant, who was said to have the key' of the glass case in which the Codex Argen-
teus is kept. It looked as if I should have to wait Schröder's return from Stockholm.'
So the 2oth was lost, but on the 2ist Cleasby notes :
' This morning I was rejoiced to find that the valuable key was found. ... I accordingly
accompanied Afzelius to the Library, but partly because it was more convenient for him to sit at
home than come to the Library and sit there while I was at work, and partly, as he said, because he
could there ask me questions as to English, which language he was reading and desirous of my
help, he determined upon taking out the Codex and carrying it to his house, where I was to have
leave to work before and after noon; and indeed I began at 10 o'clock A.M. and remained till
i o'clock, and then went again at 4 and remained till 7.'
Next day, and every day, he worked at the Codex, but on the 22nd he saw Geijer
the historian, who had been absent on his former visit; and this is his account of a
very remarkable man :
' Passed the evening with Geijer, who speaks a little English. There is nothing striking in his
outward appearance or manner; nor is he especially conversant, though, after being with him a
time, he becomes more so ; but there is a good deal of inward thought in him, and perceptible in
At Upsala he also saw Tullberg, a young Sanskrit Professor. He complained of
the little interest taken in Sanskrit by the students, but this, he added,
' Was less to be wondered at, for he had seen Bopp with not more than half-a-dozen hearers at
Berlin, Rosen with only four or five in London, and Wilson with not more in Oxford.'
On the 28th Cleasby notes :
' Spent the evening with Geijer; as pleasant a one as I ever passed. He was in good humour,
and communicative, which is not always the case, and is a man decidedly of the first order. On
my departure he presented me with a monthly periodical, which he edits, containing a notice of
Lockhart's Life of Walter Scott, and I think there has scarcely anywhere been set a more inter-
esting and touching monument to the memory of this good and great man. . . . Besides being
perhaps the first historian of the day, Geijer is a poet of a very high order, and a musical com-
poser of great merit.'
On the ist of June Cleasby's labours on the Codex Argenteus were concluded for
the present, and he speaks in high praise of the text as he found it in the edition of
Gabelentz and Lobe, though it is now superseded by Professor Upström's splendid
facsimile edition. On the same day he received a number of letters of introduction from
his father to influential persons in Russia. On his return to Stockholm he saw the
magnificent collection of Northern antiquities in the royal palace, and especially the
Anglo-Saxon coins and those some of the rarest; a proof, if any were wanting, that
among the Northern Vikings there must have been many Swedes who, on their return
from the West, buried their treasure in the earth.