Draft of a letter from Lewis Pelly, possibly to the Political Department Bombay

Mss Eur F126/55, ff 13-18

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The record is made up of 6 folios. It was created in 1865-1866. 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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Extended version of the draft letter at folios one to twelve regarding Pelly's visit to Riyath [Riyadh] to meet with the Wahabee Ameer [Wahhabi Amir] (Faisal ibn Turki Al Sa'ud), with annotations and corrections.

The letter refers to a sketch map of the route taken from Kowait [Kuwait] to Riyath, along with an itinerary, both of which were to be appended to the final official version of the letter to illustrate the topography of the area.

The letter goes on to explain in detail his party's limited ability to collect specimens owing to the need to avoid attracting attention to their actions; his having appended extracts of his private journal rather than occupy Government's time with descriptions of the country they traversed; and the inability to take observations during daytime owing to their constant supervision by their travelling companions.

Also included in the extended version of the letter are a description of the lodgings in Riyath; the challenges they faced in taking readings there and general observations on chronometer readings.

Folios sixteen to eighteen are blank.

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6 folios
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English in Latin script
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Letter

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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 F126/55, ff 13-18

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1865-1866 (CE, Gregorian)

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