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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎12r] (28/156)

The record is made up of 1 volume (74 folios). It was created in 1898. 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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A
REPORT
KHAN BAHADUR MAULA BAKHSH,
ON
HIS JOURNEY
FROM
MESHED TO QUETTA
(7th APRIL to 28th JULY 1898).
Thursday, 7th April 1898.
1 . In his letter to the Government of India, in the Eoreign Department*
Proposal regarding: my deputation to report on No. 142 A, dated 8 tll October lb97j
the present state of affairs in Kain and Sistdn. Colonel C. E. Yate, C.S.I.,C.M.G., Agent
to the Governor-General of India and Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General
for Khurasan and Sistan, in proposing my deputation to report on the present
state of atfairs in Kain and Sistan, before proceeding on furlough to India,
said:—
«* * * *
(а) (2) On his [the new Persian Translator’s] arrival at Meshed and
on the arrival of Captain Whyte from Teheran, I propose, unless I hear from
you to the contrary, to depute Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh on duty to
Quetta to report on the present state of affairs in Kain and Sistan, and if it
Necessity for taking a trnde caravan from Meshed Can be aiianged to take a tiade CaiaVan
to Quetta in the interests of the new Sistan-Nushki with him fl’Om Meshed to Quetta, SO as
trade route. ^ encoura g e the Meshed traders to make
use of the new Sistan-Nushki route.
* * * *
( б ) (4) Lieutenant Wehb-Ware’s reports and Surgeon-Major Brazier
Necessity for a better know ledge of the present Cl’eagll’s letters have sllCWn the ne-
state of affairs m Kam and Sistan. . cessity for our having a better know
ledge of the present state of affairs j n Kain and Sistan than we at present
possess. It is nearly four years n ow since I was in Sistan. Had Captain
Whyte been here, as I expected, I could have gone there myself, hut that is
at present out of the question, and I cannot do better, therefore, than take
advantage of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh’s return to India to depute him
to Sistan in my place.
* * * *
(c) (5) In paragraph 5 of my diary for the week ending 21st May
Desire of Ri itish Indian merchants in Bukhara 1897 I Doted the desil’C of the British
“HMe“ont f NUk?!'sS'‘utXLfe tl ' 9 C * P ‘' Indian merchants in Bukhara for a
, personal report on the capabilities of
the Isushkl-Sistan trade route, as they wished to import their tea by that road
in prefeience to the Batoum route, if it proved a success.

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Report by Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh on his journey from Meshed to Quetta in 1898. The report starts with a description of the circumstances that gave rise to the journey and the preparations before departure (folios 12-17). The main body of the report consists of his account of the journey, written in diary form (folios 17-66). The last part of the report is formed of tables of data gathered during the journey (folios 67-72). The report contains information on distances, water, supplies, trade, human and physical geography, road conditions, and revenues.

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1 volume (74 folios)
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At the beginning of the volume is a table of contents arranged by subject with reference to the paragraph number.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 76; 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 file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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