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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)' [‎16r] (36/156)

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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ON HIS JOURNEY FROM MESHED TO QUETTA, 1898.
9
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price is that the grain should be mixed [old and new]. Good grain can be used
for men and bad will be useful for camels and horses.
With regard to the tent, you can take it back and send me a rifle or a
gold icatch instead.
Letter (without date) from Mir , Alam Khan, Hashmat-ul-Mulk, Chief of Kain and Sistan,
to Saiyid Mir Hashim Khan, alleged to have been written after the Chief’s return from
Sistan.
After compliments, — Yesterday, being Friday, I heard that you had
arrived at Bujd and intended to come to Birjand on account of ill-health from
which you are suffering.
In the first place some medicines were procurable at Aliabad. Besides
this you might have sent a few lines to inform me beforehand.
I am sending Abdulla Beg Earrash-i-Khalvat to enquire after your health.
Secondly, it is my custom not to allow any articles to be brought in my
presence except on an auspicious day, and there was not a single auspicious
day after Saturday and Sunday till after the Arbd’in (40th day after Muhar-
ram). I therefore write to say that if you are a little better you may come
yourself and bring with you the articles [sent by Colonel Sir Oliver St. John),
otherwise you may send them to me with a list by one of your own men with
the knowledge of Abdulla Beg.
We shall talk about the rest on the occasion of our interview.
Nothing more to write about.
Receipt, dated Safar 1306, alleged to have been ' given by Mir ’Alam Khan, Chief of Kain
and Sistan, to Sayid Mir Hashim Khan, in the handwriting of Mirza Gholam Haidar
(one of the Chief’s Mirzds).
Received [ from the British Government] through Saiyid Udshim Khan
who has brought and handed over the articles to me :—
Muzzle-loading double-barrel bullet-gun with accessories . „ . 1
Muzzle-loading shot gun with accessories . . . . .1
Double-barrel breech-loading pistol with accessories . . r .2
Total two guns and a pair of pistols.
Dated Safar 1306 Hijra {October 1S83 A.D.)
Receipt, not in the handwriting of any of the Mirzas, dated Zihijja 1307 (Hijra), alleged to
have given by Mir ’Alam Khan, Hashmat-ul-Mulk, Chief of Kain and Sistau, to Saiyid
Mir Hashim Khan.
Received [from the British Government] through Saiyid Mir Hdshim
Khan the price of grain sold, the amount of my allowance, and the following
articles ivhich have been handed over to me :—■
Tumans.
In cash . .
Guns and revolvers
Watches
. 65,000*
8
2
[ Detail. ]
Price of 12,000 kharwdrs of grain • •
Amount of allowance ....
Rifle ordered by General Saddle{ ?) ,
Martini-Henry rifle with accessories
Shot-guns ..... .
Bullet-guns . . . . .
Six-chambered revolver with accessories
Gold watches .....
Silver watch .....
Wall clock ......
Tuma ns.
60,000
t-5,000
1
2
2
2
1
2
1
1
Total Tumans sixfy-five thousand in cash and eight guns and revolvers and four watches
and clock.
Dated Zihijja 1307 Hijra [July 1890 A.D.)
* About R2,60,000 (at tbe then rate of exchange),
f About 1120,000,

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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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