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BIRDWOOD‚ Sir George. 10072

BIRDWOOD‚ Sir George.	10072	Autograph Letter Signed‚ two months before his death‚ to Mr. Partington‚ about a rare Hindostani grammar dated 1772 which should be placed in a library‚ offering an interview‚ explaining that “My life is now wholly absorbed in the war...” 8 pp. 6 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. Ealing [24 April 1917]. Sir George Christopher Molesworth Birdwood (1832–1917)‚ administrator in India‚ took part as a naval surgeon in the Persian expedition of 1856–7. Upon his return and in addition to his professional duties Birdwood devoted himself to a variety of social and cultural institutions that helped to shape the new‚ post-1857‚ city of Bombay. In 1868 he returned to England‚ where he began a new career promoting opportunities for cultural and intellectual exchange between India and Great Britain.

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BOHLEN‚ Peter von. 17215

BOHLEN‚ Peter von.	17215 Autograph Verses‚ entitled Fiat Lux!‚ signed and dated. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ in German‚ with a contemporary English translation‚ Light damp stains. Devizes‚ 4 June 1837. Peter von Bohlen (1796 – 1840)‚ German Orientalist and Indologist‚ professor at the University of Königsberg. One of his most important works is entitled Das alte Indien (Old India‚ 2 vols.‚ 1830–31).

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BROOKE‚ Sir James‚ Rajah of Sarawak. 15483

BROOKE‚ Sir James‚ Rajah of Sarawak.	15483	Autograph Letter Signed ‘J.Brooke’‚ to Charles Steward‚ asking him to leave the parcel of papers at the United Service Club‚ promising that “I will send you back the papers and will consult you on the use I wish to make of them (should it be desirable or advantageous) before taking any step”‚ regretting Steward can not attend “the great dinner on the 30th.” 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ integral blank‚ fine. Brighton‚ 20 April 1852. Sir James Brooke (1803-1868)‚ Rajah of Sarawak. It is probable that the parcel of papers concerns the major issue facing Brooke at that time‚ the dispute with the East India Company over the original Brunei coal grant‚ and the wider controversy about Brooke’s authority in Sarawak. In April 1852 Brooke sent in a protest against an exclusive privilege granted to the Company. See "The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido for the Suppression of Piracy"‚ by Henry Keppel & James Brooke‚ 1846‚ section VII‚ "Memoir of Mr. George Steward". George Steward was educated at the Grammar School at Norwich‚ where he formed an acquaintance with James Brooke who became the Rajah of Sarawak. He was placed in the mercantile navy of the East India Company‚ where one of the private ships was commanded by his brother Capt. Charles Steward‚ and another by his cousin‚ Capt. Robert Fowler. He was killed fighting pirates in Sarawak for Brooke in his thirty-ninth year and unmarried.

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CANNING‚ Charles John‚ Earl Canning. 15723

CANNING‚ Charles John‚ Earl Canning.	15723 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Canning’‚ to the Keeper of the Royal Academy‚ asking him “to deliver the Bust of Viscountess Canning‚ which was exhibited last year‚ to the care of Messrs. Colnaghi‚ by the Bearer”. 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ borders toned‚ laid down on album page‚ with a separate engraved portrait of Canning. 10 Grosvenor Square‚6 July 1841. Charles John Canning‚ Earl Canning (1812–1862)‚ governor-general and viceroy of India (1856-1862). In 1858 an Act of Parliament transferred the government of India from the East India Company to the crown. Canning thereby became the first Viceroy of India. From 1853-1855 Canning was Postmaster General in Lord Aberdeen’s cabinet‚ and‚ for a short while‚ under Palmerston; hence the G.P.O. address. The appointment of Rowland Hill as sole secretary to the Post Office in 1854 was made on the advice of Canning. In 1855 Canning was selected to succeed Lord Dalhousie as governor-general of India.

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CANNING‚ Charles John‚ Earl Canning. 17463

CANNING‚ Charles John‚ Earl Canning.	17463	Autograph Note Signed‚ to Colin Campbell‚ Lord Clyde‚ asking him to read an enclosure‚ for discussion “whenever you next drop in.” 1 page 7 x 5 inches‚ fold. 18 January [1859 or later]. A little note linking two of the major characters in India at the time of the Mutiny. Charles John Canning‚ Earl Canning (1812–1862)‚ governor-general and viceroy of India (1856-1862). In 1858 an Act of Parliament transferred the government of India from the East India Company to the crown. Canning thereby became the first Viceroy of India. Colin Campell‚ Lord Clyde (1792-1863)‚ Field Marshal. At an early stage of the Indian Mutiny‚ Campbell became Commander-in-Chief‚ India and‚ in that role‚ he relieved and then evacuated Lucknow and‚ after attacking and decisively defeating Tatya Tope at the Second Battle of Cawnpore‚ captured Lucknow again. Whilst still commander-in-chief he dealt with the 'White Mutiny' among East India Company troops‚ and organised the army sent east in the Second Opium War.

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CHIROL‚ Sir Valentine. 1601

CHIROL‚ Sir Valentine.	1601	Autograph Letter Signed‚ addressed ‘Dear Sir’ [Edward Arnold‚ the publisher]‚ thanking him for his suggestion‚ although ‘I have really not yet considered the question of republishing in book form my letters on the Viceroy’s tour’. 1 page 7 x 4.5 inches. Fine. London‚ 14 January 1904. Sir Valentine Chirol (1852-1929)‚ traveller and journalist.

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CUST‚ Robert Needham. 16380

CUST‚ Robert Needham.	16380	Autograph Post Card Signed with initials‚ to Miss Alice Warner at St. Andrews‚ thanking her for the book A Time and Times‚ saying he is departing for Morocco on October 1st. 5 x 3 inches‚ in good condition. 63 Elm Park Gardens‚ 12 July 1887. Robert Needham Cust (1821 – 1909)‚ British colonial administrator‚ author and linguist. Cust worked for the East India Company‚ in Hoshiarpur and Ambala‚ in India. He was present at the battles of Mukdi‚ Firuzshah‚ and Sobraon in 1845-46‚ and at the close of the Sikh campaign was placed in charge of a new province in the Punjab. There he filled in succession every office in the judicial and revenue departments‚ and was rapidly promoted until 1867‚ when he resigned and returned to England‚ having been a member of the Viceroy's Legislative Council and Home Secretary to the Government of India in 1864-65.

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DURAND‚ Sir Henry Marion. 14143

DURAND‚ Sir Henry Marion.	14143 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Captain Tighe‚ making arrangements for the journey to visit Tighe‚ asking him to arrange a private interview for Durand with the Raja of Putteeala at Tighe’s house. 4 pp. 8 x 5½ inches‚ in good condition‚ one rust mark. Simla [India]‚ 21 May 1870. Sir Henry Marion Durand (1812-71) served in the Afghan and Sikh Wars‚ and acted as agent in central India during the Mutiny. Durand accompanied Lord Ellenborough as the governor general’s private secretary‚ and was present with him at the Battle of Maharajpore (1843). From 1870 to 1871 Durand was Lieutenant Governor of the Punjab.

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ELLENBOROUGH‚ Edward Law‚ Lord. 13092

ELLENBOROUGH‚ Edward Law‚ Lord.	13092	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Lord Auckland at the Admiralty‚ on Auckland’s appointment as Governor-General of India. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ folds‚ in good condition. Eaton Square‚ 9 September 1835. A future Governor-General of India congratulates his predecessor on his appointment. Edward Law‚ Lord Ellenborough (1790-1871)‚ Governor General of India (1841-44). first Lord of the Admiralty under Peel in 1846. In the 1830s took a lively interest in questions of Indian policy. The revision of the East India Company's charter was approaching‚ and he held that the government of India should be transferred directly to the crown. He was impressed with the growing importance of a knowledge of central Asia‚ in the event of a Russian advance towards the Indian frontier‚ and despatched Alexander Burnes to explore the district. George Eden‚ Earl of Auckland (1784-1849)‚ statesman and Governor-General of India. It was in September 1835‚ the month of this letter‚ that the Court of Directors agreed to Auckland’s appointment as Governor-General. Auckland reached Calcutta in February 1836. “I wished to shake hands with you before I left London‚ & to assure you that on Personal as well as on Public ground I should always take a deep interest in the success of your government in India. I hope its success will correspond with your benevolent intentions.”

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ELLIS Sir Barrow Herbert. 6257

ELLIS Sir Barrow Herbert.	6257 Autograph Letter Signed to ‘My dear Waley’ saying that his object in obtaining leave is to take the waters in Germany. 3½ pages 8 x 5 inches in good condition. Calcutta 5 April [no year given]. Sir Barrow Herbert Ellis (1823-1887) Indian Civil Service went to Bombay in 1843 serving in Sind from 1851-58 acting for some time as Chief Commissioner in Sir Bartle Frere’s absence.

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ETHE‚ Hermann. 17200

ETHE‚ Hermann.	17200	A long Autograph Letter Signed ‘H.Ethé’‚ to Dr. Reinhold Rost‚ discussing academic matters‚ libraries‚ Islamic studies‚ candidates for academic positions‚ etc. In German. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ tipped on to old album page. Aberystwith‚ 12 November 1888. Hermann Ethé‚ editor and cataloguer. The letter is annotated by Rost: “One of the greatest authorities on Persian Literature; has compiled the Cat. rais. of Pers. MSS at Oxford & in the India Office.”

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GARCIN DE TASSY Joseph Héliodore Sagesse Vertu. 6232

GARCIN DE TASSY Joseph Héliodore Sagesse Vertu.	6232	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Garcin de Tassy’ evidently to an editor of an English periodical offering an article which would correct recent discussion about the Temple of Somnath. In French. 2 pp. 6 x 3½ inches. Paris 18 March 1843. Garcin de Tassy (1794-1878) French orientalist studied the Hindi language. His works include Mémoires sur les particularités de la religion musulmane dans l'Inde (1832); Les aventures de Kamrup (translation 1834); translations of works by the poet Wali (1834); the Histoire de la littérature hindoue e hindoustani (2. Ed. 1871 3 Vols.); Rudiments de la langue hindouie (1847); Rhétorique et prosodie des langues de l'Orient musulman (1848 2. Ed. 1873); Chrestomathie hindie et hindouie (1849); La doctrine de l'amour (translation from Hindi 1859); Cours d'hindoustani (1870) and La langue et la littérature hindoustanies 1850-69 (2. Ed. 1874).

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GILCHRIST‚ John Borthwick. 15776

GILCHRIST‚ John Borthwick.	15776	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to his publishers‚ requesting an account of the sales of his books‚ suggesting a strategy for advertising them‚ hoping that “your Critics” can be persuaded to take up these books. 2 pp. 9½ x 8 inches‚ left margin ragged‚ otherwise good. 23 Duke Street‚ Portland Place‚ 25 January 1805. John Borthwick Gilchrist (1759-1841)‚ Scottish orientalist‚ began his career as assistant surgeon with the East India Company at Calcutta (1783). In native dress‚ he explored areas where Hindustani was spoken‚ having realised that Company servants needed Hindustani as well as Persian. He published the first of many grammars and dictionaries in Calcutta in the 1790’s. He returned to Scotland in 1804. In this letter he mentions his ‘Guide’‚ probably an edition of The Stranger’s East Indian Guide to the Hindoostanee’ (Calcutta‚ 1802). “It may be adviseable occasionally to put such a short advert of the Guide‚ as you have lately observed‚ in the British press & other London prints‚ in those of Edinburgh successively at proper intervals merely to keep the subject so far alive. Should you however observe that this expence proves heavy or unproductive by all means avoid it for I find to my cost in this country that I have little‚ very little to spare in the Cash department.”

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GOPAUL CHANDRA ROY. 11683

GOPAUL CHANDRA ROY.	11683 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to William Bowman‚ the opthalmic surgeon‚ thanking him for his help and the statement about the strength of the writer’s eyesight‚ announcing that “I have taken the tenth place in the list out of forty successful competitors”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 38 Loughborough Park‚ 24 February 1872. Gopaul Chandra Roy‚ author of The causes‚ symptoms and treatment of Burdwan Fever (Calcutta‚ 1876)‚ and other works. Sir William Bowman (1816-92)‚ opthalmic surgeon‚ ‘the father of general anatomy in England’ [DNB].

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GREY‚ Sir William. 10579

GREY‚ Sir William.	10579	Autograph Letter Signed‚ thanking his correspondent for the good news. 1 page 8 x 5 inches‚ one foxing spot‚ otherwise good. Belvedere‚ Alipore‚ 5 November 1868. Sir William Grey (1818-1878)‚ Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal (1866-1871).

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HARDINGE‚ Henry‚ 1st Viscount. 12913

HARDINGE‚ Henry‚ 1st Viscount.	12913	Autograph Letter Signed ‘H.Hardinge’‚ to Richard or Samuel Redgrave‚ offering to provide a reference about “your capability to perform the duties of a Drawing Master”‚ citing the satisfactory manner in which his children were given instruction. 1 page 4½ x 3½ inches‚ with two lines and signature overleaf‚ in very good condition. Whitehall Place‚ 23 November 1836 Lord Hardinge (1785-1856) ‚ Governor General of India. He was present at the battles of the Sikh War. On his return to England he succeeded Wellington at commander in chief.

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HASTINGS‚ Francis Rawdon-Hastings‚ 1st Marquis. 14547

HASTINGS‚ Francis Rawdon-Hastings‚ 1st Marquis.	14547 Autograph Letter Signed ‘Hastings’ as Governor-General of India‚ to Charles Theophilus Metcalfe‚ then his Private Secretary‚ giving his opinion about a dispute between officers of differing rank at “a private convivial party”‚ discussing the “slyness” of Baron de Richemont‚ and “Capt. Blane’s exposition respecting Feroze Shah’s Canal”. 4 pp. 10 x 8 inches‚ in good condition‚ but disfigured by a waterstain at page edges‚ folds soiled on final page. [India] 16 April 1820. Francis Rawdon-Hastings (1754-1826)‚ 1st Marquis of Hastings‚ 2nd Earl of Moira‚ served with distinction in the American War of Independence‚ and became Governor General of India in 1813. His campaigns against the Mahrattas helped to establish the supremacy of British power throughout India. He purchased Singapore Island in 1819. He was appointed Governor of Malta in 1824. He died at sea off Naples two years later.

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HUTTMANN‚ William. 17205

HUTTMANN‚ William.	17205 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Professor Kidd in Aberdeen‚ sending a Committee resolution‚ and regretting the delay of recent correspondence. 1 page 9 x 7½ inches‚ minor defects only. Royal Asiatic Society’s House‚ Grafton Street‚ London‚ 17 July 1827. William Huttmann‚ sinologist‚ a contributor to the Literary Gazette‚ was secretary to the Royal Asiatic Society until convicted of embezzlement in 1832‚ and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1844.

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India. DUFFERIN AND AVA‚ Marquis of‚ Viceroy of India. 16430

India. DUFFERIN AND AVA‚ Marquis of‚ Viceroy of India.	16430	Autograph Letter Signed ‘Dufferin’ as Viceroy‚ to Miss Bradley‚ referring to the illness she suffered “in so outlandish and desolate a part of India”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ fine. Simla‚ 20 May 1887. “if‚ however‚ you get all right to Murree there will be plenty of people there who will look after you.” Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood‚ 1st Marquis of Dufferin and Ava (1826-1902)‚ diplomat and administrator‚ was Governor-General of Canada (1872-78)‚ Viceroy and Governor-General of India (1884-1888).

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JACOB‚ George Adolphus. 16434

JACOB‚ George Adolphus.	16434	Autograph Letter Signed‚ addressed “My dear Doctor” [probably Dr. Rost]‚ discussing Sanskrit publications‚ a prospectus for a new series by Mr. Apte of Bombay‚ a newly discovered Upanishad‚ and related matters. 6 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ remains of part album page where mounted‚ in good condition. Poona‚ 14 November 1889. Colonel George Adolphus Jacob (1849-1918)‚ accomplished Sanskrit scholar.

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JOHNSTON‚ Sir Alexander. 17461

JOHNSTON‚ Sir Alexander.	17461 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to J.Jardine [?]‚ asking for the return of the India Magazine “which contains the petition of the natives of Bombay to the Houses of Parliament.” 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches. Great Cumberland Place [London]‚19 July 1831. Sir Alexander Johnston (1775 –1849)‚ colonial official who served as third Chief Justice of Ceylon and second Advocate Fiscal of Ceylon. He introduced a range of administrative reforms in Ceylon‚ introducing numerous liberal ideas and supporting the rights of natives. He was also an orientalist and along with Henry Thomas Colebrooke and others he was a founding member of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He was the father of Alexander Robert Johnston‚ the acting Administrator of Hong Kong (1841-42).

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LANMAN‚ Charles Rockwell. 6877

LANMAN‚ Charles Rockwell.	6877 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Reinhold Rost‚ praising his Sanscrit work‚ referring to the “parsimony of govt towards educational matters”‚ and commenting on his own trip to India. 2 pp. 8½ x 5 inches‚ surface creasing on flimsy paper‚ minor defects only. Elphinstone College‚ Bombay‚ 20 January 1889. Charles Rockwell Lanman (1850-1941)‚ orientalist and Sanscrit scholar‚ edited the Harvard Oriental Series (from 1891)‚ published A Sanscrit Reader (1884). “I am very glad I came to India. I had hoped to do so for years. But it was my wife’s suggestion at last. We mean to travel in Bengal & N.W.Pr. the next few weeks... The journey is to be one of endless advantage to me professionally‚ & I hope I shall not work so hard as to hurt myself.” Reinhold Rost (1822-96)‚ orientalist‚ librarian at the India Office‚ has annotated this letter: “...next to Whitney the best Sanscrit scholar in the States.”

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LAWRENCE‚ John. 15724

LAWRENCE‚ John.	15724	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to H.W.Phillips‚ acknowledging his letter informing Lawrence that he had been elected an Honorary Member of the Cosmopolitan Club. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ minor ink offsetting. India Office‚ 24 April 1861. John Lawrence (1811-79)‚ 1st Baron‚ administrator‚ Viceroy of India (1863-69).

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LAWRENCE‚ John. 15726

LAWRENCE‚ John.	15726	Autograph Letter Signed ‘John Lawrence’‚ soon after the suppression of the Mutiny‚ to Austen Henry Layard‚ looking forward to seeing him whenever convenient to Layard‚ adding that “I have pitched a tent for you & if you will come to stay with me while in Delhi I shall be happy to see you ...” 1 page 9 x 7 inches‚ some paper adhering to verso where formerly mounted‚ otherwise good. With a separate engraved portrait of Lawrence. Camp Delhi [India]‚ 27 February 1858. John Lawrence (1811-79)‚ 1st Baron‚ administrator of The Punjab‚ Viceroy of India (1863-69)‚ had been instrumental in the recapture of Delhi from the rebels at the end of the Indian Mutiny. Sir Henry Layard (1817-94)‚ archaeologist at Nimrud‚ the supposed site of Nineveh‚ was on a tour of India to study the causes and effects of the Indian Mutiny.

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MACBRIDE‚ John. 17204

MACBRIDE‚ John.	17204 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to the Secretary of the Royal Asiatic Society‚ donating four manuscripts in Turkish and Persian. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ with the address leaf. Magdalen Hall‚ Oxford‚ 21 October 1826. John David Macbride (1778-1868)‚ Principal of Magdalen Hall‚ Oxford. His writings included The Mohammedan Religion Explained (1857) and theological lectures.

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MALLESON‚ George Bruce. 14571

MALLESON‚ George Bruce.	14571 Autograph Letter Signed‚ about corrections to a future edition of his work‚ such as the place where General Anson died. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ some paper adhering to one edge. 27 West Cromwell Road‚ 9 October 1881. George Bruce Malleson (1825-1898)‚ colonel and military writer‚ author of the History of the Indian Mutiny and many other classic works including The Decisive Battles of India.

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MIDDLETON‚ Thomas Fanshaw‚ Bishop of Calcutta. 16352

MIDDLETON‚ Thomas Fanshaw‚ Bishop of Calcutta.	16352 Two Autograph Letters Signed ‘T.F. Calcutta’‚ to W.H.Abbott‚ discussing the forwarding of letters‚ military jurisdiction over the clergy‚ a Chaplain’s licence‚ etc. 2 letters‚ 4 pp.‚ one letter with local address panel‚ a few minor defects and tears. [Calcutta] 22 December 1819 & 25 March 1820. Thomas Fanshaw Middleton (1769-1822)‚ school friend of S.T.Coleridge and Charles Lamb‚ was consecrated the first Bishop of the vast diocese of Calcutta in 1814.

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MUSURUS PASHA‚ Turkish Ambassador. 9032

MUSURUS PASHA‚ Turkish Ambassador.	9032	Letter Signed ‘Musurus’‚ to Mrs. Darby Griffith‚ wife of C.Darby Griffith M.P.‚ thanking her for the letter of condolence “at the moment that dreadful calamity befell us”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ deep black borders‚ the Ambasador’s personal seal in black wax transferred from an envelope to the first page. With the separate engraved visiting card of L’Ambassadeur de Turquie. Ellenborough House‚ Roehampton‚ 31 August 1867. Kostaki Musurus Pasa (1807-1891). His Excellency Constantine Musurus‚ commonly called Musurus Pasha‚ the Turkish Ambassador‚ was born in 1807. His diplomatic career‚ so far as it belongs to the general history of Europe‚ dated from 1848‚ when he represented the Sultan at Vienna‚ having previously distinguished himself as#Governor of Samos and Minister at Athens. In 1851 he came to London invested with full powers as Envoy Extraordinary of the Port.

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NEPAL. 11074

NEPAL.	11074 Letter Signed ‘Jang Bahadoor Rana’‚ General‚ Nepalese Army‚ thanking his correspondent for the Badge of the Annandale Gymkhana Club. 1 page 6 x 4½ inches‚ intricate embossed coloured crest. Northbank‚ Simla‚ 27 May 1915.

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NORTHBROOK‚ Thomas George Baring‚ 2nd Baron. 16757

NORTHBROOK‚ Thomas George Baring‚ 2nd Baron.	16757 An interesting Autograph Letter Signed ‘Northbrook’ as Governor General of India‚ addressed “Dear Rawlinson” [Sir Henry Rawlinson‚ in London]‚ forwarding letters from Colonel Gordon and Captain Biddulph about Mr. Forsyth’s reconnaissance of Sirikot and its neighbourhood. 3 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ fold‚ in good condition‚ traces of fomrer mounting. Marked Private. [India] 14 May 1874. Another move in the Great Game‚ checking Russia’s ambitions in South Asia. “Still no news of civil war in Afghanistan.” Thomas George Baring‚ 2nd Baron Northbrook (1826-1904)‚ Governor General of India (1872-76)‚ First Lord of the Admiralty (1880-1885). “... Mr. Forsyth‚ although unable to return himself via Wakhan & Badakshan has managed to effect our object of obtaining better information as to Sirikot and its neighbourhood by pushing on a party there. The information seems to me to be satisfactory as it shows that Wokhan marches with Kashgar‚ and that there is not debatable land between.”

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PARSEES. Jivanji Jamshedji Modi. 17198

PARSEES. Jivanji Jamshedji Modi.	17198	An original Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Dr. Reinhold Rost‚ sending “a bundle of my publications”‚ three for the India Office Library‚ and three for himself. 1 page 6 x 4 inches‚ with an annotation by Rost overleaf‚ in fine condition. Charing Cross Hotel‚ 18 August 1889. Dr. Sir Ervad Jivanji Jamshedji Modi (1854-1933)‚ who also carried the title of Shams-ul-Ulama‚ was a prominent Zoroastrian Indian priest‚ scholar and community leader. One of "the most decorated priests in history"‚ he wrote over 70 books‚ produced over 120 scholarly papers on Zoroastrian history‚ traveled and researched into Zoroastrian affairs extensively and was instrumental in organizing the Parsi community in India. Reinhold Rost (1822-1896)‚ German born orientalist‚ secretary to the Royal Asiatic Society (1863-69)‚ librarian at the India Office (1869-1893).

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PHILIPPINES. Order for Carriage Furniture 1848. 12086

PHILIPPINES. Order for Carriage Furniture 1848.	12086 Manuscript Order for Carriage Furniture from London‚ addressed to Messrs. Gibson‚ Patent Axle Makers‚ a trade order “for my Carriage Establishment in this place”‚ signed by Robert Hood‚ incorporating small diagrams of the axles. 3 pp. 11 x 9 inches‚ some light waterstaining‚ otherwise good. Manila‚ 3 August 1848.

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PISANI‚ Count.. 16954

PISANI‚ Count..	16954 Conclusion (only) of an autograph letter signed ‘Most sincerely yours Pisani’‚ to Colonel Lake C.B. 4½ x 4½ inches. Undated. Probably Count Alexander Pisani (1802-1886)‚ who‚ as dragoman‚ was attached to the British Embassy in Constantinople for 60 years‚ including the Crimean War.

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REGNAUD‚ Paul. 13340

REGNAUD‚ Paul.	13340	Autograph Letter Signed‚ referring to the manuscript of Bharata‚ the publication of Sanscrit works‚ and similar matters. In French. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ integral blank leaf tipped on to part album page‚ in good condition. Sevres‚ 9 February 1879. Paul Regnaud (1838-1910)‚ linguist‚ professor of Sanscrit studies at the University of Lyons‚ author and editor.

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RONALDSHAY‚ Earl of. 3602

RONALDSHAY‚ Earl of.	3602 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Edward Arnold‚ the publisher‚ thanking him for a copy of Sir Henry Seton Kerr’s Sporting Holidays‚ and giving the title of own new book. 3 pp. 7 x 4.5 inches‚ fine. Aske‚ Richmond‚ Yorkshire‚ 24 December 1904. Lawrence John Lumley Dundas‚ Earl of Ronaldshay‚ author of several books on Asia‚ including Sport and Politics under an Eastern Sky (1902). ‘...an account of my last journey has been published this autumn by Messrs Blackwood under the title of “On the Outskirts of Empire in Asia”.’

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ROST‚ Reinhold. 17197

ROST‚ Reinhold.	17197 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Canon Moor‚ providing family news‚ his forthcoming visit to Stockholm (during which he hopes his son can stay with the canon)‚ describing a visit to Brighton to confer with one of the Shah’s ministers about an exchange of publications between the India Office and Teheran 3 pp. 5 x 4 inches‚ fine. 1 Elsworthy Terrace‚ Primrose Hill‚ 28 July 1889. Reinhold Rost (1822-1896)‚ German born orientalist‚ secretary to the Royal Asiatic Society (1863-69)‚ librarian at the India Office (1869-1893). “I never dreamt when I read Xenophon at school that I should in my old age negotiate with a live Persian Minister through the medium of French.”

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SALE‚ Lady Florentia. 16187

SALE‚ Lady Florentia.	16187	A long Autograph Letter Signed ‘Florentia Sale’‚ while in India‚ to her brother‚ Colonel John Wynch in England‚ reporting family news in detail‚ her travels in Gwalior‚ enquiring about the elder boys taking up careers in India‚ and much else. 4 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ some light stains‚ with the address panel (signed F.Sale)‚ boxed AGRA postal mark‚ oval INDIA‚ Cheltenham receiver. Agra [India]‚ 10 February 1851. Lady Florentia Sale (1790-1853) wrote an account of her adventures in a Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan (1843). Lady Sale’s husband‚ Sir Robert Sale died in action in 1845. She remained in India for most of the rest of her life. “We had a good deal of scrambling about and sight seeing of old Jain temples and Curious Sculpture of griffins and monsters that must have greatly taxed the imagination of their inventors.”

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SALE‚ Lady Florentia. 17399

SALE‚ Lady Florentia.	17399	A long Autograph Letter Signed ‘Florentia Sale’‚ while in India‚ to her brother‚ Colonel John Wynch in England‚ reporting family news in detail‚ her travels in Gwalior‚ enquiring about the elder boys taking up careers in India‚ and much else. 4 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ some light stains‚ with the address panel (signed F.Sale)‚ boxed AGRA postal mark‚ oval INDIA‚ Cheltenham receiver. Agra [India]‚ 10 February 1851. Lady Florentia Sale (1790-1853) wrote an account of her adventures in a Journal of the Disasters in Afghanistan (1843). Lady Sale’s husband‚ Sir Robert Sale died in action in 1845. She remained in India for most of the rest of her life. “We had a good deal of scrambling about and sight seeing of old Jain temples and Curious Sculpture of griffins and monsters that must have greatly taxed the imagination of their inventors.”

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SANSCRIT. Ananda Ram Baruah. 17202

SANSCRIT. Ananda Ram Baruah.	17202 An original Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Dr. Reinhold Rost‚ about a box of Sanscrit manuscripts not yet received‚ funds for the publication of various sutras‚ and discussing his own publications. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in very good condition. Noakhaly‚ Bengal [India]‚ 21 July 1884. Ananda Ram Baruah (1850-1889)‚ Sanscrit scholar. He was the first civilian (I.C.S) from Assam‚ the first graduate from Assam and an eminent lawyer. This letter is annotated by Dr. Rost: “Anandoram Barooah‚ an Assamese Brahmin‚ author of an English Sanscrit Dict. in 3 volumes‚ & of a Sanscrit grammar (in progress) in twenty volumes.”

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Sarawak. CRESPIGNY‚ Claude Champion de. 17521

Sarawak. CRESPIGNY‚ Claude Champion de.	17521 Autograph Letter Signed ‘C.C. de Crespigny’‚ telling his correspondent that Crespigny leaves London tonight‚ asking him “to influence Mr. Templar to order me a free passage from Singapore to Sarawak in his steamer”. 1 page 7 x 4½ inches‚ embossed crest‚ in good condition. 8 Connaught Place‚ undated. Claude Augustus Champion de Crespigny (1829-1884) became Resident of Baram [Baram River‚ Sarawak]. He was the first to record the presence of oil in Sarawak. The entry in his diary‚ dated 31st July 1882‚ refers to oil discovered in some 18 wells dug by hand by the local inhabitants.

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SIAM. 16347

SIAM.	16347 Original postal stationery card‚ sent locally by German company Co. Kinder‚ offering cheeses and cucumbers‚ “just arrived”. Postal Card‚ Rama V 1st issue‚ postally used in Bangkok. Tied by Bangkok 2 cds. Bangkok‚ 19 July 1898. “Just arrived: Fresh Savoy Cheeses in wood boxes‚ sold at $1.50; Fresh small Camembert Cheeses in tinfoil sold at 75 cents of $7.50 per doz. ...”

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SPRENGER‚ Aloys. 15115

SPRENGER‚ Aloys.	15115 Autograph Letter Signed‚ sending “a specimen of Es-Soyutti’s history of the Khaifs”‚ discussing this author‚ agreeing with the suggestion that Es-Soyutti “has written more than many men have read”‚ and mentioning his own current work. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition. 13 Belgrave Street‚ undated. Es-Soyutti “is decidedly in learning the second man in Egypt if not the first. For Makarizi seems hardly to be superior to him.” Aloys Sprenger (1813-1893)‚ orientalist‚ held various positions in India between 1843 and 1857‚ including those of principal of the Mahaommedan College at Delhi and Persian translator to the government at Calcutta. Sprenger is aiming “to finish the translation with notes from rare historical works as Ibn Kittiar etc in the course of this year.”

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SYKES‚ Colonel William Henry. 17067

SYKES‚ Colonel William Henry.	17067 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to the Secretary of the Census Section of the International Statistical Congress‚ discussing the “Forms” of the Census Returns‚ the most important classifications to be included on each form‚ comparison with France‚ the columns for religious denominations‚ etc. 2 pp. 9 x 7 inches‚ in good condition. 47 Albion Street‚ Hyde Park‚ 19 July 1860. Colonel William Henry Sykes (1790-1872)‚ naturalist and soldier‚ Chairman of the East India Company in 1856‚ served in Bhartpur under Lord Lake (1805) and served in the Deccan in 1817-1820. He was Statistical Reporter for the Bombay Government from 1824 to 1831‚ author of numerous scientific and literary works‚ including The Taeping Rebellion in China (1863).

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THOMAS‚ Edward. 11242

THOMAS‚ Edward.	11242	Autograph Letter Signed‚ thanking his correspondent for the “paper of yours on Australian matters”‚ and mentioning his own work on “the associations of the Malabar Coast and the Southern Colonies”. 4 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ one page lightly toned. Athenaeum‚ 12 September‚ no year given. Edward Thomas (1813-1886) I.C.S.‚ became Judge of Sagar in India‚ and later published numerous works on branches of Indian and Persian archaeology. “You are aware‚ perhaps‚ the Illustrated papers have lately published pictures of Stonehenges ...found in Australia. ...surely respectable Editors would not lend themselves to such delusions.”

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WHEELER‚ James Talboys. 15777

WHEELER‚ James Talboys.	15777 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Dr. Reinhold Rost‚ asking him to send a copy of the new edition of Mr. Ferguson’s work on Tree and Serpent. 3 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ lightly mounted on an old album page. Chipping Hill‚ 12 February 1874. James Talboys Wheeler (1824-97)‚ historian of the British Raj‚ had a number of official positions in India and Burma. Author of a History of India in 4 vols.

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WILKINS‚ Charles. 16298

WILKINS‚ Charles.	16298	Autograph Letter in the third person‚ to Cadell and Davis‚ the publishers‚ asking for two copies of a volume of the Asiatic Transactions from the Company’s warehouse‚ one for the Company Library‚ and one for himself. 1 page 8 x 6 inches‚ one old repair‚ in good condition. “Friday 15th. 08.” Uncommon. Sir Charles Wilkins‚ FRS (1749 – 1836)‚ typographer and Orientalist‚ notable as the first translator of Bhagavad Gita into English‚ and as the creator‚ alongside Panchanan Karmakar‚ of the first Bengali typeface. In 1800‚ he was invited to take up the post of the first director of the India House Library‚ which became over time the world famous 'India Office Library' (now British Library — Oriental Collections).

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WRIGHT‚ William. 17201

WRIGHT‚ William.	17201	Autograph Letter Signed‚ to Reinhold Rost‚ enquiring about an Arabic geographer’s biography‚ and asking whether there is an article on him in as-Safadi’s dictionary. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches‚ in good condition‚ a few light foxing spots. British Museum‚ 30 March [?1871]. Professor William Wright (1830–1889)‚ famous British Orientalist‚ and Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge. Many of his works on Syriac literature are still in print and of considerable scholarly value‚ especially the catalogues of the holdings of the British Library and Cambridge University Library. A Grammar of The Arabic Language‚ often simply known as Wright's Grammar‚ continues to be a popular book with students of Arabic. Wright is also remembered for the Short history of Syriac literature.

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WYLLIE‚ John William Shaw. 7374

WYLLIE‚ John William Shaw.	7374 Autograph Letter Signed‚ to ‘My dear Arnold’‚ discussing his own article in the Fortnightly Review about “our Central Asian policy”‚ hoping that Arnold will mention it in the Telegraph. 2 pp. 8 x 5 inches‚ in good condition‚ pinholes. Hotel Vouillemont‚ Paris‚ 24 February‚ no year given. John William Shaw Wyllie (1835–1870)‚ Indian Civil Service‚ was a political agent in Kathiawar in 1858‚ assistant secretary to Sir George Yule (1861)‚ Secretary at Calcutta (1862-67). Published political writings.

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