Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4243 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Fath Ali Shah's letter to Gore Ouseley on submitted petition


Large letter or manshūr with the seal of Fatḥ ʿAlī Shāh (dated 1217/1802) and invocation, addressesed to Gore Ouseley, the English ambassador, acknowledging receipt and deliberation of a petition or ʿarīz̤ah, and additionally giving permission to approach His Majesty in the field. Refers to the issue of a farmān-i mubārak or royal edict to that effect (not enclosed or attached)

Dated: Jum. II 1228/June 1813

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

Seal impressions on the reverse: ʿAbd al-Vahhāb al-Mūsavī 1225; Muḥammad Shafīʿ; Muḥammad Yūsuf

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): 410 × 340 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Jum. II 1228 AH; June 1813 CE ; Iran & India


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