posted on Sep, 25 2014 @ 02:45 PM
originally posted by: Scott Creighton
SC: Well, we certainly know from Brewer’s obituary that he was indeed in Egypt around the right time. According to the account of his
great-grandson, Walter Allen, it seems he was with Vyse at Giza in 1837. I see little reason to doubt Allen’s family record.
As so often with Creighton, this is an outrageous misrepresentation.
Humphries Brewer’s obituary may be viewed here (PDF):
The relevant wording is this:
Humphries Brewer was born in the Parish of Box, Wiltshire, England and died on the 25th day of December last aged 50 years, 9 months and 27 days. The
writer of this article is not sufficiently acquainted with the earlier parts of his life to give a correct history of it. Enough however is known of
it, to state that he had the advantages of early training—that he was thoroughly educated in all the higher branches of mathematics, and that he was
an accomplished geologist, before he came to this country. He had also traveled through Egypt and the Holy Land, and his mind was well stored with an
accurate knowledge of the history of that portion of the old world. He emigrated to this country some twenty years ago; since which time he has
resided at Blossburg and Fall Brook. . . .
We do not “know” on this basis that Humphries Brewer was in Egypt at all. What we may infer at best
is that the unnamed obituarist
that Brewer had travelled in Egypt and the Holy Land. This same obituarist (we may note) explicitly disavowed close knowledge of
Humphries Brewer’s earlier life. (This tells us among other things that the obituarist was not a family member and had no significant input from
No indication is given of when
this is supposed to have happened, so Creighton’s adding “around the right time” is pure BS. There is no
basis in the obituary for such a claim re chronology: at best we may place these alleged travels before 1849, when Brewer migrated to America.
There is also this version of the family tradition from 1933 (PDF):
. . . Mr. Brewer was educated in England as a civil engineer and for seven years practiced his profession in the Holy Land before coming to America. .
if this is the authentic family tradition re Humphries Brewer and the Holy Land (as it very well might be), then the version coming from (the later)
Walter M. Allen is just wrong, as Allen has Brewer visiting the Holy Land briefly, not staying there seven years.
Creighton’s not seeing reason to doubt Allen’s “family record” (some notes written by Allen himself) is yet another example of his arbitrary
selection of evidence, as reason there clearly is.