Correspondence of Mountstuart Elphinstone for January to June 1842

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 59 Mss Eur F88/121
  • Alternative Id.
      (ark) ark:/81055/vdc_100000001006.0x000268
  • Dates of Creation
      24 May 1841-24 Jun 1842
  • Language of Material
      English Italian French Persian
  • Physical Description
      1 file 202 folios

Scope and Content

Topics of correspondence includes general news from friends and family, such as the state of James Erskine's health and Mountstuart Elphinstone's trip to Rome. However, the main focus of the correspondence of the failed mission to Kabul and the retreat to Jalalabad (a detailed account is provided in Mss Eur F88/121/1), with comments made particularly by Lord Elphinstone on the reasonings behind the events and the death of high-commanding army officers and diplomats like Major General William Elphinstone and Sir William Hay Macnaughten. Three letters, Mss Eur F88/121/13, Mss Eur F88/121/45 and Mss Eur F88/121/47, are in Italian; one, Mss Eur F88/121/46, is in French; and part of a letter, Mss Eur F88/121/7, is in Persian (items in Persian are awaiting further investigation to determine their exact language)

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