Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 3951 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

Irvine Collection

Letters in Persian & English


Described on flyleaf at end as: "Copies of Letters from the Navub Mahmood Iridge Khan to Mr. Vansittart, Mr. Hastings and others, Persian ansd English"

Collection of original transcripts and English translations of Persian letters from 1) the Navvāb [of Murshidābād] to Vansittart (ff. 1r, 5r,7r, 14v, 20v), Hastings (ff. 37r, 67r), Lieutenant Ironside (f. 24v), also a naql-i dastak of Navvāb Qāsim Khān Bahādur, dated 23 Z̲ī al-ḥijjah year 3 (f. 24v); 2) addressed to Ironside from "Goorgeen Chan" (f. 26v), ʿAlī Mīrzā Khān(f. 69r), "Mahmud [sic, read Muḥammad] Iridge Cawn, Naib of Murshudabad" (ff. 77r, 80v, 84), Ghulām Ḥusayn Khān (f. 78v, 81r), "Mahmud [sic, read Muḥammad] Ali, Foujdar of Dacca" (f. 30v)

Most letters undated, except for 2: 1) f. 66v is dated 8 Z̲ī al-qaʿdah 1176 / 1763; 2) f. 20v mentions the month of Kārtik Bikram samvat 1167 as being 16 months before the month of Māgh to the year of writing


Language(s): Persian & English

Transcribed by order of G. J. Nicholls, Judge at Farrukhabad, from a manuscript obtained from Agra

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 97 ff. (English foliation on verso)
Dimensions (leaf): 94 × 256 mm.


Paper perishing and brittle along outer margins; conserved and remounted


Bold shikastah āmīz and English


Signed at end by W. Irvine, May 11, 1904



Origin: 1763 - 1800 CE ; India

Provenance and Acquisition

William Irvine



William Irvine

Record Sources

Based on unpublished description in Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the India Office Library, vol. 3. Available on British Library Digitised Manuscripts, manuscript number: MSS Eur E207/9


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