Royal Asiatic Society Governance: Correspondence Volume Two

Scope and Content

This volume contains copies of, or extracts from, letters sent to the Royal Asiatic Society between 1846 and 1852. They are written into a leather-bound volume with the title 'Extracts' on its front cover. Besides the letters which cover 93 pages, there are subsequently some rough pencil notes and a diagram in a different hand (possibly a child's) followed by blank pages and an index at the end of the manuscript.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Sir Henry Thomas Colebrooke on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 'for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia'. It continues as a forum for those who are interested in the languages, cultures and history of Asia to meet and exchange ideas.


The material was catalogued according to its order in the volume.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

These are part of the institutional records of the Royal Asiatic Society which have been accumulated throughout its history.

Archivist's Note

This material was catalogued in 2023 by Nancy Charley, RAS Archivist.

Conditions Governing Use

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Custodial History

These records are part of the Royal Asiatic Society's Institutional Records created in the business activities of the Society.

Related Material

Related material includes Royal Asiatic Society Governance: Correspondence Volume One and the Minutes for the Committee of Correspondence. Many of these letters were read at the Society's General Meetings. The catalogue for the Minutes of the General Meetings is available.