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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)' [‎38r] (80/156)

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.
53
reply declining his invitation with thanks. However, he insisted on sending
me dinner that evening and some provisions the following morning which
I was obliged to accept, giving a suitable present to the men who brought
them.
72|. On my arrival at Nasirabad, Hospital Assistant Abbas Ali delivered
Arrangements made by the Political Assistant, tw O letters flOm Lieutenant TV ebb"
chughi district, for facilitating the journey of my Ware, informing me that he had (very
cara ™ n ’ _ kindly) written to Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. Muhammad
Reza Khan Reki of Mirjawa, asking him to arrange for camels for my caravan ;
that he had sent the necessary orders to all the Thdnadars to give me any
assistance that I might stand in need of in the matter of transport, escort,
or guides, and that he had caused supplies to be sent for my party to Miroi.
24th to 28th May 1898.
Ndsirdbctd (Sistdn) — Halt.
73. Sartip Mir Ma’sum Khan, Deputy Governor of Sistan, called upon
Exchange of visits between the Deputy Governor UlC OU the 24tll and I returned his visit
of Sistan and myself. . ‘ the following day. During these visits
we discussed business matters, the result of which I shall report later on.
74i. M. Zaroudny arrived at Nasirabad on the afternoon of the 24;th May
..... ^ an( i was m et outside the town bv a recen-
tion party or about ten sowars headed by
Mir Ismail, a Sultan of Infantry and Pishkhidmat of the Deputy Governor,
and having brought no tents with him was accommodated in a tent caused to
be pitched for him by the Deputy Governor on a piece of open ground outside
the town a short distance from the garden in which I was camped. The
Deputy Governor did not pay him the first visit as he did to me, but waited to
let him call first.
M. Zaroudny called upon the Deputy Governor about noon the next day,
and the latter returned his call the following morning.
M. Zaroudny paid me a visit on his way back to his camp from the
Deputy Governor’s house. He brought his interpreter with him and we
talked in Persian.
He told me that after starting from Meshed he travelled by Turbat-i-
See paragraph. U, 41, 69. 68.70, a„d 1.6. f ileikh t0 , Ha ™S lt£t ^is
baggage there and entering Afghan terri
tory in company with Doctor Alexander Vassilieevitch Archipoff, the Russian
Medical Officer in charge of the post of plague-observation at Karez, and a few
Russian Cossacks, he visited Kalsang and Chashma-i-Sabz and returned to
Karez by Tirpul and Hashtadan.
Starting again from Karez he went by Farmanabad to Karat and thence
to Sangan by Dizbad, Hauz-i-Shikasta, and Kelat-i-Kelu.
The Russian Doctor accompanied him as far as Sangan.
From Sangan he travelled by Niazabad to Pehbadun, whence he went to
the Namaksar and Kishmaru returning to Behbadun and proceeding by
Husainabad and Kdrian to Muznabad.
From Muzndbad he went to Fundukht, and then making a detour to a
place called Chashma, situated towards the Namaksar, about 20 miles or
so east of Fundukht, he returned to the latter place, whence he proceeded to
Charaks (Shahrakht) by Isfideh.
From Charaks he made another detour to Yazdan, Kabuda and another
place about 25 miles east of the latter place whence he turned to the west pro
ceeding by Khusab and Dakk-i-Petargun to Atkul.
From Atkul he went to Dumb by Ahangaran, Gazik/Tabas, Rahtuk, and
Husainabad.
From Duruh he travelled to Nasirabad (Sistan) by Chah-i-Ziran, Khwaja
Do Chahan, Gisha, Zainalabad, and Randan, crossing the inundations from
Dashtak to Afzalabad.

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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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