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The record is made up of 2 folios. It was created in 17 Feb 1865. 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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Letter requesting that Ahmed accompany Captain Warner on 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. Steamer to Bahrein [Bahrain], and on arrival communicate with the Sheikh [Muhammad bin Khalifah Al-Khalifah], including handing him an enclosed letter in Arabic.

The letter goes on to instruct that Ahmed use his stay in Bahrein to gather information, with names of places, rivers etc, on the adjacent mainland to Bahrain and the province of Nejd [Najd] and to write a report on his findings, as well as collecting information on Pearl Fishing in the area.

The second half of the letter (on the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of folio eleven) has been crossed through and a pencil letter, possibly intended as a replacement for the crossed through section, has been given on the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio eleven:

Pencil letter regarding Pelly's expected date of arrival from the interior of Nejd and making arrangements to travel to Bahrein, including requesting either horses, donkeys or ponies from Shaikh Ali bin Khalifah Al-Khalifah and instructing him to inform the villagers of his intended visit.

On the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio twelve is a letter in Arabic, which is most likely the enclosed letter for Shaikh Muhammad bin Khalifah Al'Khalifah, referred to in Pelly's letter. On the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of folio eleven is an Arabic ink stamp seal.

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2 folios
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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic 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 F126/56, ff 11-12

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17 Feb 1865 (CE, Gregorian)

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Letter from Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis Pelly, HBM's Political Resident Persian Gulf, at Koweit [Kuwait] to Hajee [Haji] Ahmed, Residency Arabic Mirza, British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F126/56, ff 11-12, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/node/9383> [accessed 16 October 2019]

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