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Summaries of statements by various individuals concerning William Gifford Palgrave's travels throughout Arabia [‎9v] (17/17)

The record is made up of 1 file (9 folios). It was created in 1865-1866. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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The file contains three separate statements regarding William Gifford Palgrave's travels throughout Arabia, all relating to the disguises and aliases that Palgrave used to travel and his willingness to assume the religion of whichever place he was travelling through.

  • The first statement is a translation of an account by Aboo Eesa, the guide who took Palgrave to Riyadh, of how he came to encounter Palgrave, their journey to Riyadh and time spent there and their further travels on to Katif and Bushire. The statement also contains details of their aliases and disguises and includes postscripts to the original statement regarding a paper which Palgrave gave to Eesa regarding a scheme to 'revolutionize the country and institute another religion among the Wahabis (ff 1-5)
  • The second statement was written by Mr Rozario, the Medical Charge at the Muscat Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. who encountered Palgrave in Muscat in 1863 and provided him with assistance as he was living as a mussulman but was having difficulty in observing the fasting period owing to suffering from fever and was permitted to use Mr Rozario's home in order to partake of food and wine. Mr Rozario's statement is dated 25 April 1866 (ff 6-7)
  • The final statement is a letter from Eusuf ben Bedr written in Arabic, 18 December 1865, and translated into English regarding his conversation with the individual who took Palgrave to Riyadh (Aboo Eesa). The statement within the letter is a shorter version of Aboo Eesa's first statement (ff 6-7) and was received at the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in Bushire 25 January 1866
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1 file (9 folios)
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Foliation: The file has been foliated in the front top right corner of each folio with a pencil number enclosed in a circle.

The file also has original foliation consisting of large pencil numbers in the top right corner of each folio. This foliation sequence runs from 189-195 and only covers the first 7 folios of the file.

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Summaries of statements by various individuals concerning William Gifford Palgrave's travels throughout Arabia [‎9v] (17/17), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F126/61, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2019]

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