Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4241 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Fath Ali Shah's letter to Gore Ouseley on a matter of internal military movements


Large letter or manshūr with the seal of Fatḥ ʿAlī Shāh (dated 1217/1802) and invocation, addressesed to Gore Ouseley, the English ambassador, mentioning the unexpected plans for the forward movement of his true son (a guest with the Nāʾib al-Salṭanah), Shaykh ʿAlī Khān and their party from Dāghistān

Dated: Shaʿbān 1227/August-September 1812

Squat and malformed shikastah āmīz; gold ṭughrā style invocation and shikastah āmīz invocation at top

Irregularly cropped, stained, old fold lines, creases, degraded repairs over large holes

IOL stamp: 1 May 1919

Seals impressions on the reverse: Muḥammad Ḥusayn; Muḥammad Yūsuf; Muḥammad ALY (?) 1222; Muḥammad Ṣādiq 1218; Muḥammad Shafīʿ 1218; ʿAbd al-Vahhāb al-Mūsavī; Faraydūn [Mīrzā] 1224; Muḥammad Kāẓim 12...(?)

Watermark: 1) Cyrillic inscription; 2) date below 1811; 3) profile figure holding lance with rampant quadruped with scimitar in fenced encloser

Language(s): Persian & English & Russian

Physical Description

Form: leaf
Extent: 1 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 414 × 302 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Shaʿbān 1227 (August - September 1812) AH ; Iran & India


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