Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4237 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Fath Ali Shah's letter addressed to Gore Ouseley


Large letter or manshūr with the seal of Fatḥ ʿAlī Shāh (dated 1217/1802) and invocation, mentioning the receipt of petitions from Gore Ouseley as ambassador, and his departure to the port of Abūshahr (Bushire). Mīrzā Muḥammad Zakī the mustawfī-yi dīvān-i aʿlá is sent on ahead to prepare the sharāʾiṭ-i mihmāndārī or hospitality

Dated: Rabīʿ I 1226/March-April 1811

Rough shikastah āmīz; gold ṭughrā style invocation and shikastah āmīz invocation at top

Irregularly cropped, stained, old fold lines and creases

IOL stamp: 1 May 1919

Inscribed on reverse with signatures and seals: Muḥammad Ḥusayn; Muḥammad ʿAlī; Muḥammad Shafīʿ; ʿAbd al-Vahhāb al-Mūsavī; Muḥammad Naqī; Muḥammad Kāẓim; Muḥammad Muqīm; Muḥammad ALY (?) 1222; Muḥammad Yūsuf

Watermark: bear with axe in crowned roundel separately dated 1808; additional Cyrillic inscription

Language(s): Persian & English & Russian

Physical Description

Form: leaf
Extent: 1 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 433 × 316 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Rabīʿ I 1226 (April - May 1811) AH ; Iran & India


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