Letter No.58 of 1865 from Pelly to Charles Gonne, Secretary to Government, Bombay

Mss Eur F126/62, ff 6-18

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The record is made up of 13 folios. It was created in 27 Dec 1865. 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.

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Copy of a letter regarding Pelly's expedition to Riyadh for which all correspondence and communications were for the secret department only, and his apprehensions about Dr Colvill accompanying him on the expedition.

The letter goes on to give details of a journal and other correspondence which were offered to the Royal Geographical Society, and which also appeared in other reviews, which had been kept and recorded by Dr Colvill and sent to a correspondent in England, thereby violating the instruction that all matters relating to the expedition be considered secret and confidential.

Also enclosed with the letter are:

  • Copy of a memo of three letters from Colvill on the request of Mr Spottiswoode.
  • Copy of a letter from Pelly to the St James Club, 14 August 1865, concerning Colvill's conduct.
  • Copy of further notes by Pelly from the Edinburgh Review No.250 October 1865.
  • Copy of a letter from Pelly to Colvill, 13 February 1865 concerning Colvill's conduct during Pelly's absence and asking him to refrain in future from giving any instructions. Also attached is a copy of a note of order given to Mr Lucas, Pelly's interpreter, by Colvill.
  • Copy of a letter from Colvill of 13 February 1865 in response to Pelly's letter of same date, explaining his conduct.
  • Copy of a letter from Pelly to Colvill 13 February 1865 in response to Colvill's letter of same date in which Pelly further clarifies his position and further reprimands Colvill.
  • Copy of a letter from Colvill to Pelly, 14 February 1865 in response to Pelly's second letter of 13 February in which he expresses his regret for his conduct and requests to join Pelly on his forthcoming trip.
  • Copy of a letter from Pelly to Colvill, 14 February 1865 in which Pelly permits Colvill to accompany him on his trip to Riyadh and instructs him to collect specimens of rocks and flowers.
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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
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Mss Eur F126/62, ff 6-18

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27 Dec 1865 (CE, Gregorian)

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