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Letters from the pastDate: Thursday, 19 February, 2009

A fascinating letter written by Maharajah Ranjit Singh in ancient Persian script has been the subject of a recent study by ASHT's full time researcher, Eve Haddow.

The letter, held at the National Library of Scotland, was featured in The exhibition Tea and Tigers: Stories of Scotland and South Asia, which was held in the Library from June to September 2007.

Only partially translated, this letter gives an insight into the interaction between the Sikh Kingdom and the East India Company. ASHT is currently in the process of completing the translation.

The Manuscripts collection at the Library also holds a collection of letters by Richard Baird Smith, an engineer who served with the British army and was involved in the first and second Anglo Sikh Wars.

Find out more about Richard Baird Smith's letters here!

"The National Library of Scotland has a great collection of Sikh related material. I was particularly interested to find a letter written by Maharajah Ranjit Singh in their manuscripts collection. There are also some interesting letters written by British soldiers and government officials which offer us a real insight into British perspectives of the Sikhs". Eve Haddow, ASHT Researcher

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