> The primary source for Sitchin was Allen's
This is the definition of a primary source.
If it could be proved that, say, the logbook entry had actually been written by Humphries Brewer in 1837, then it would be a primary source.
But it was written over a century later by one of his descendants, supposedly as a record of an oral family tradition.
And, as Martin Stower says, all that we've ever seen in printed sources is a copy of that record. As far as we can tell, not even Sitchin ever had sight of the original logbook.
> Sitchin, in reading through Allen's document, would
> have realised it was a tradition passed down by word-of-mouth
> i.e. a family oral tradition and, as such, would have asked
> Allen for further proof i.e. the original source (the Brewer
> letters etc).
Sitchin's request to Allen is described in 'Journeys to the Mythical Past' (2007, p 29).
> But these could not be found though I suspect,
> even if they had been, they would have been denounced by the
> Egypt-apologists as lies.
But, as we've already seen, all it says in the logbook is that Aunt Nell had 'some of Humfreys letters & Wm. Brewers letters from England', and that: 'His father was disturbed about the trip, told him details.' It doesn't say anything about any letters supposed to have been written by Brewer to his family in Wiltshire from Egypt - even supposing that Brewer actually was in Giza in the spring of 1837.
> SC: Who first wrote the words "Faint marks were
> repainted, some were new"? Was it Walter Allen or was it
> Sitchin? Yes, Stower - it was Walter Allen.
> MS: Oh. You know this, do you? You were looking over his
> shoulder, as he wrote them?
> SC: Sitchin merely QUOTED Walter Allen.
> MS: Oh. You know this, do you? You’ve seen the original
> document? You know that Sitchin reproduced it
As far as can be judged from the form in which it is reproduced, the (photocopied) logbook entry, despite its October 1954 date, doesn't resemble, say, a ship's log, where each entry follows after the previous one in chronological order. This particular item in Allen's logbook could have been written at any time. Or, theoretically, at least, part of it could have been written at one time, and other parts added at other times.