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Exploring the WestThree Travel Narratives$
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Mushirul Hasan

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780198063117

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198063117.001.0001

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The Start of the Journey

The Start of the Journey

(p.2) 1 The Start of the Journey
Exploring the West

Mushirul Hasan

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the author's original circumstances and the reason for his travel to Europe. He recalls how he embarked in a French ship in the Hejira year 1180 from the town of Higelee and presents an account of the compass, winds, etc. During the reign of Nouab Jaffer Alee Khan, being on terms of intimacy with Shaikh Suleem Oollah Moonshee, and Mirza Mahomed Cassim, the Head Moonshee of the deceased Nouab, he acquired a facility in writing and reading Persian. Being young at the time, he was pleased with the prospect of an excursion to Europe, and embarked with Captain S. After a week's voyage, the Captain told him that Lord Clive had taken from him Shah Alum's letter, and intimated that the present for his Majesty of England had not yet arrived from Benares.

Keywords:   Europe, travel, England, Jaffer Alee Khan, ship, Higelee, Lord Clive, Shah Alum, Benares

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