Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

IO Islamic 4245 (Oriental Manuscripts, British Library)

India Office Library

Fath Ali Shah's letter to Gore Ouseley on import of weapons


1 copy of Farmān

Edict or farmān with the seal of Fatḥ ʿAlī Shāh (dated 1217/1802) and invocation, addressesed to Gore Ouseley, the English ambassador, noting the submission of his petition and the need for another treaty; also mentions the appointment of the courtier, Mīrzā Abū al-Ḥasan Khān, travel companion of Ouseley, to the task of receiving the armoury or qūr'khānah, gunnery or tūp'khānah, and magazine or bārūṭ'khānah, etc., an honour previously denied; expects Ouseley to conduct himself with utmost diligence with frequent petitions as reports

Dated: Rajab 1228/July 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 impression on the reverse: Muḥammad Shafīʿ 1218

Watermark: Cyrillic inscription without visible date

Language(s): Persian & English & Russian
Title: Farmān
Title: فرمان

Physical Description

Form: leaf
Extent: 1 ff.
Dimensions (leaf): 434 × 321 mm.
Dimensions (written):



Origin: Rajab 1228 AH; July 1813 CE ; Iran & India


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