A letter sent from Lisbon to Goa, April 3, 1752; one of the oldest surviving examples of letters sent to Portuguese India

Source: ebay, Mar. 2006

*A contemporary letter in England: sent in 1829 by W. Astell, Director of The East India Company and M.P. for
Bedfordshire, and posted free from Biggleswade to Gt Yarmouth*

Source: ebay, June 2006

*A letter from Lord Teignmouth in London to a friend in Calcutta, 1832*

Source: ebay, Mar. 2006

Might a letter to or from Ghalib have looked something like this?

Source: http://www.sukhanieurophil.com/ihandstruck.com
(downloaded May 2002)

A letter from Ghalib to his friend 'Ala'i, July 1862, showing stamp marks from the original envelope at the bottom

Source: Khaliq Anjum vol 1, pp. 388-90

The letter quotes two Persian ghazals, then {161}, verses 1, 3, 2, 7, 4, 8, 10; and finally {191}, verses 1, 2, 5, 8, 4, 9.

*Successive postmarks on a letter to the Nawab of Rampur, 1867*

Source: Muraqqa'-e Ghalib, by Prithvi Chand (Delhi: Lakshmi Printing Works, 1966), pages not numbered; scan by FWP, Nov. 2006

The postmarks reveal that the letter travelled from Delhi to Meerut, then on to Calcutta, then on to Aligarh, then to Rampur, where it finally caught up with the Nawab.

A letter sent from Diu to Karachi in 1881; the envelope has been secured with sealing-wax

Source: ebay, Mar. 2006

An Anglo-Indian ivory and bone inlaid writing box, 1800's, with special slots for holding letters

Source: http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=searchresults&intObjectID=5125694&sid=b3cdfb84-9ede-4cba-a906-a28651e7e071
(downloaded Oct. 2008)

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