Notes on Coins, Weights and Measures, and Conditions of Trade at Various Ports in the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and the South China Sea

Mss Eur F110/11

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The record is made up of 1 volume (95 folios). It was created in Mid 18th century. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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This untitled volume was written by John Pybus, an employee of the East India Company from 1742 to 1768. It contains notes relevant to trade in ports of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , Indian Ocean, and South China Sea. Subjects include:

  • The weights, measures, and currencies used in different ports, and methods of converting between these units and British Imperial measurements
  • Descriptions of trading ports, including routes by which a ship could reach them, goods that can be traded in each port, and customs fees
  • Advice on the most profitable methods of trading in different ports
  • Methods of assessing the quality of gold, silver, pearls, and other commodities
  • The personalities of important individuals at each port.

The volume also includes a letter from Governor Thomas Bradyll and his council at Fort William, Calcutta [Kolkata] to Richard Bourchin and David Findlay, giving instructions for a trading voyage to Manila via Malacca.

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1 volume (95 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 97; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original handwritten pagination sequence.

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English in Latin script
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British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity.
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Mss Eur F110/11

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Mid 18th century (CE, Gregorian)

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