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'(Manuscript of Notes to accompany Map of Persia (published by R.G.S) and the introduction to Haji Baba written by G.N.C. for Macmillan in 1895)' [‎38r] (75/144)

The record is made up of 1 file (70 folios). It was created in 1895. 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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hall to learn something for certain about her. Sir Kit’s
own man was tired, but the groom set him a-talking at last,
and we had it all out before ever I closed my eyes that
night. The bride might well be a great fortune—she was
a Jewish by all accounts, who are famous for their great
riches. I had never seen any of that tribe or nation before,
and could only gather that she spoke a strange kind of
English of her own, that she could not abide pork or
sausages, and went neither to church or mass. Mercy upon
his honour’s poor soul, thought I ; what will become of him
and his, and all of us, with his heretic blackamoor at the
head of the Castle Rackrent estate ? I never slept a wink
all night for thinking of it ; but before the servants I put
my pipe in my mouth, and kept my mind to myself,
for I had a great regard for the family; and after this,
when strange gentlemen’s servants came to the house, and
would begin to talk about the bride, I took care to put the
best foot foremost, and passed her for a nabob An honorific title; an official acting as a provincial deputy ruler in South Asia; or a significant Muslim landowner in nineteenth century India. in the kitchen,
which accounted for her dark complexion and everything.
The very morning after they came home, however, I saw
plain enough how things were between Sir Kit and my lady,
though they were walking together arm in arm after breakfast,
looking at the new building and the improvements.
‘ Old Thady,’ said my master, just as he used to do, ‘ how
do you do ? ’
‘Very well, I thank your honour’s honour,’ said I; but
I saw he was not well pleased, and my heart was in my
mouth as I walked along after him.
‘ Is the large room damp, Thady ?’ said his honour.
‘ Oh damp, your honour! how should it be but as dry
as a bone,’ says I, ‘ after all the fires we have kept in it day
and night ? It’s the barrack-room 1 your honour’s talking on.’
‘ And what is a barrack-room, pray, my dear ? ’ were the
first words I ever heard out of my lady’s lips.
‘ No matter, my dear,’ said he, and went on talking to me,
ashamed-like I should witness her ignorance. To be sure,
to hear her talk one might have taken her for an innocent, 2
for it was, ‘ What’s this, Sir Kit ? and what’s that, Sir Kit ? ’
all the way we went. To be sure, Sir. Kit had enough to do
to answer her.
1 See Glossary. 2 Ibid.

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This file is comprised of the correspondence and notes relating to two manuscripts by George Nathaniel Curzon. Firstly, 'Notes to accompany Map of Persia' (Published by the Royal Geographical Society), and secondly, the notes for Curzon's introduction to an edition published by Macmillan of 'The Adventures Haji Baba of Ispahan' by James Morier. In particular there is correspondence with the Macmillan publishers.

The file consists of:

  • The handwritten 'Notes to accompany the Map of Persia' (ff 1-11)
  • The printed journal article (ff 12-14)
  • A handwritten index to maps and plans (ff 16-21). This is divided into A) general maps i. Persia ii. Afghanistan. iii. Baluchistan. And B) Divisional maps. i Persia ii. Afghanistan iii. Baluchistan. These categories are all organised into five columns: title of map; author; number of sheets; scale of miles to inch; place and date of publication.
  • Headed notelets (ff 28-30) from 'Kedleston, Derby' with Curzon's notes on Haji Baba
  • Correspondence between George Augustin Macmillan and George Nathaniel Curzon
  • A flyer (ff 37-38) from Macmillan and Co for 'Illustrated Standard Novels' including a specimen illustration
  • Notes (ff 39-72) for Curzon's introduction to the account of Haji Baba.
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1 file (70 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 72; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 4-11, and ff 48-74; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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