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[1:] Diary N. 49
[2:] 1899~

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[1:] 1899

From Diary No. 48 [28 FEB 1899 --- V049_00_S] (//)

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[3:] We finished Cargo at 3
[4:] P.M.; having loaded very
[5:] deep;

[6:] The Waly of Basreh
[7:] Enis Pasha & the Commander
[8:] of the Troops Mohsen Pasha
[9:] came to see the Shahzada
[10:] the cousin of the present
[11:] Shah of Persia, his name
[12:] is Abdulhussein Mirza
[13:] Farman Farman,
[14:] also the English Consul Mr.
[15:] Wratislaw, Mr. Hamilton
[16:] the Agent of Hotz & Co. &
[17:] is also the American
[18:] Consular Agent; Mr.
[19:] Richards of Lynch Brothers
[20:] & a wole lot of Persians
[21:] & other people; he has
[22:] [page torn] two cabins for
[23:] [page torn] 1st Class

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[1:] [ripped off] on Deck
[2:] [ripped off] came to me,
[3:] [ripped off] going to Gorna tomorrow
[4:] to see his property for
[5:] about 10 days absence,
[6:] and then he promised
[7:] me if his mother has really
[8:] decided to go to Paris
[9:] to bring Alexander, he
[10:] will accompany her;

Basreh to Baghdad [1 MAR 1899 --- V049_01_N] (//)

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Abdulhussein Mirza Farman Farman

Passng Okes GSP. Local Draft
20 ½ 247336 27,126 ¼ 4,,10

[12:] At 4,,20 P.M. We left
[13:] Basreh, flood tide is
[14:] running up;~ The Persian
[15:] Shahzada with his Doctor
[16:] & Interpreter in 1st C. Cabins
[17:] are messing by themselves

[18:] At 10 P.M. landed 8
[19:] passengers at Gorna they
[20:] are Nasser el Sagur,
[21:] Abdulla Rawandoozi the
[22:] Lawyer & Mr. Misakyan

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[1:] the Civil Engineer & followers
[2:] going to measure the
[3:] date properties so as to
[4:] levy a tax in future at
[5:] so much per Jerib; Ali
[6:] Beg Mudir of the Tapo &
[7:] Rufail are also coming
[8:] to Gorna tomorrow;

1st Wedn Th@ 6. 58

1899 Mch

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1899 Mch

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[9:] Light air & rather warm
[10:] weather; At 2,,50 Am
[11:] passed Azair~ at 4
[12:] anchored, & at 5,,30 We
[13:] left;~ Weather very mild
[14:] I finished with the passengers
[15:] tickets we have in all
[16:] 143 ½ (5 in 1st Class, the
[17:] Shahzada, Abdulhussein
[18:] Mirza Farman Farman
[19:] whose sister the Shah of
[20:] Persia Muzaffar el Mulk
[21:] has married, and a
[22:] German Mr. W. Grieger

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[1:] and Yousif Shamoon
[2:] Nazo, but the two cabins
[3:] of the Shahzada are
[4:] also used by his attendants
[5:] going in & out, and 2
[6:] in 2nd class Nassoory
[7:] son of Georgis Ilo and
[8:] sister)~

[9:] At 10 Am landed 4
[10:] passengers at Kalat
[11:] Saleh & Went on at 10,,5,
[12:] the guard turned out &
[13:] saluted the Persian
[14:] Shahzada; We are flying
[15:] the Persian flag for
[16:] him~

[17:] S. Erly Wind & Weather
[18:] Getting Cloudy~

[19:] At 4 P.M. arrived
[20:] at Amara, a guard of
[21:] soldiers saluting the
[22:] Persian Shahzada, and
[23:] the whole population

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[1:] was on the bank, the
[2:] Crowd was very thick
[3:] & all hurried on board,
[4:] the Motserrif & all the
[5:] functionaries, the Persian
[6:] Consular Agent in his
[7:] uniform & the milè
[8:] was so thick on board
[9:] that I had to go in my
[10:] cabin from the crash
[11:] & confusion;~ We
[12:] landed 12 passengers
[13:] and 7 Bales of cloth;

[14:] We could not Coal
[15:] ship on Account of the
[16:] Crowd & so We left at
[17:] 4,,50 P.M. ; Took 32 ½
[18:] passengers~

[19:] Wind shifted to N. Wester
[20:] & fine Weather;

[21:] The Shahzada & his Doctor
[22:] dined with us this evening
[23:] I was interpreting between
[24:] him & Capt Cowley

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[1:] & the others in Persian
[2:] and french~

2 Thurs. Th@ 6. 46

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[3:] Modte N.W. & fine cold
[4:] Weather, sharp wind
[5:] and the river is rising;

[6:] At 7,,5 Am passed
[7:] Ali Gherbi [symbol] At 2 Pm passed the

[8:] SS Baghdad going down

[9:] Very sharp Cold Wind is
[10:] blowing~

[11:] At 0,,20 P.M. passed the
[12:] S.S. Mossul & Barge going
[13:] up at AbooDood [symbol]

[14:] At 8,,5 P.M. arrived
[15:] at Coot landed 7 ½ passeng.
[16:] & 8 Bales of P. Goods;
[17:] We took 12 Tons from
[18:] our Coal boat which
[19:] had not been landed yet,
[20:] so we did not go alongside
[21:] some people came to
[22:] visit the Shahzada
[23:] the Kaimakam Jaffer
[24:] Bey & the Persian Agent,

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[1:] At 10,,30 We left Coot,
[2:] fine & cold Weather;

3 Frid Th@ 6. 47

1899 Mch

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[3:] Light N.W. & cloudy
[4:] Weather~

[5:] At 6,,30 Am passed
[6:] Memlah; gave tickets to
[7:] 411 ½ Coot passengers;~

[8:] I paid the Ship’s Company
[9:] their wages for Feby;

[10:] At 3,,15 P.M. passed
[11:] Azizieh Village;

[12:] At 3,,30 met the SS.
[13:] Khalifah coming down,
[14:] We stopped & sent Mr.
[15:] Taylor’s letters, him &
[16:] his wife are on board
[17:] going back, I got a
[18:] few lines from Henry
[19:] he says that my Wife
[20:] has no news at all
[21:] from Alexander,
[22:] Michail Yaghchi is also
[23:] on board going down
[24:] to Basreh, the

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[1:] Khalifah has 47,000
[2:] Okes & 228 passengers

[3:] We went on at 3,,40
[4:] N. Erly wind & cloudy
[5:] all over~

[6:] At 7,,10 passed Baghdadieh
[7:] Weather getting fine;

4 Satur Th@ 6. 48

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1899 Mch

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1899 Mch

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[8:] Light N.W. & little cloudy
[9:] on the East~

[10:] At 6,,5 AM we came
[11:] to alongside the bank at
[12:] Ctesiphon to let the Persian
[13:] Shahzada Abdulhussein
[14:] Mirza to Visit the Tomb of
[15:] Selman & the Arch; but
[16:] he did not land till 7 am
[17:] after having made his
[18:] prayers & took his tea;

[19:] At 8,,30 the Persian Shah-
[20:] zada came & We left
[21:] Ctesiphon~ He sent for
[22:] me telling me that he wishes
[23:] to give the Crew & servants
[24:] some present of few

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[1:] Kerans & wants to Know
[2:] how many the crew are,
[3:] I told him 26 Mossullees &
[4:] the Tindal etc; he sent me
[5:] 120 Kerans to be distributed
[6:] that is 3 K. to each of the crew
[7:] & 10 K. to Meekha Tuidal, &
[8:] 4 K to each servant etc;
[9:] What a mean & stingy man
[10:] he is, he has given to Capt
[11:] Cowley a small carpet worth
[12:] about 25 Beshlics; He
[13:] also gave me 7 Envelopes
[14:] to be given to the Chief, 2d
[15:] & 3rd Engineers & the Chief
[16:] & 2d Mates, to Metty &
[17:] to myself to keep as a rememberance
[18:] from his part, every one
[19:] I found Contains 5 ¼
[20:] Toomans in Gold, which
[21:] amounts to about 10
[22:] Beshlics, the Engineers
[23:] & Officers have refused
[24:] taking them, but Metty
[25:] & Myself Kept it; as it
[26:] Will not be nice to
[27:] return them to the Man

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[1:] I told Capt Cowley of
[2:] it, & he told Metty to
[3:] take them & give them
[4:] to the poors through
[5:] the Nuns or Priests;
[6:] they all took it back afterward;

[7:] River is rising, & wind
[8:] blowing sharp from N.W.

[9:] At 0,,5 P.M. passed Diala
[10:] River~ Ship is going
[11:] very slow on account of
[12:] the river;

[13:] At 2,,10 P.M. landed a
[14:] Deckman at Gherrara with letters
[15:] & went on;

[16:] At 5,,10 P.M. landed
[17:] the mails at the Residency
[18:] We went up to the Custum
[19:] House, Great many people
[20:] Crowded the banks, the Custum
[21:] House & the Bridge, The
[22:] head Constable Mukhlus
[23:] Effendi & the Aide de Camp
[24:] of Kadem Pasha came
[25:] the former from the part

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[1:] of the Waly & the latter
[2:] from that of Kadem Pasha
[3:] to greet the Shahzada
[4:] also the Persian Consul
[5:] Without uniform but in
[6:] a dirty clothes, they took
[7:] the Shahzada to Persian
[8:] Consulate on the other
[9:] side of the river~

[10:] I went home saw Eliza
[11:] also Antone Marine
[12:] was there;

[13:] I found letters from
[14:] Ibrahim Gejou from Paris
[15:] dated the 3 Feby, he
[16:] sends me back my
[17:] letter of the 15 Decr which
[18:] I had written to Alexander
[19:] after the receipt of his
[20:] last letter to me of the
[21:] 13 Novr. & Ibrahim
[22:] says that he could not
[23:] send Alexander in Paris
[24:] & so he sends the

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[1:] letter back; an other
[2:] letter from Mr. J. Böhm
[3:] from Paris where he had
[4:] gone for business and
[5:] says that he had received
[6:] from me my telegram in
[7:] which I had told him
[8:] that Alexander had wired
[9:] to me from Constple
[10:] that he was going to
[11:] Port Said & coming here
[12:] & he hopes that he has
[13:] now arrived~ an other
[14:] letter from Yousif Serpos
[15:] dated the 9 Feby, in which
[16:] he acknowledges the
[17:] receipt of my telegram
[18:] to him of the 6 Feby asking
[19:] him if Alexander had
[20:] come to Egypt, he says
[21:] that he had received a
[22:] letter from him of the
[23:] 18 Jany from Paris &

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[1:] he answered him and
[2:] sends the copy of the letter

[3:] Eliza tells me that Mr.
[4:] Richarz the German
[5:] Consul told my sister
[6:] Medula that the Austrian
[7:] Consul at Paris writes
[8:] in Answer to my complaint
[9:] made on the 15 Decr,
[10:] that the Police have not
[11:] found Alexander in Paris
[12:] and that he must have
[13:] gone to England & so
[14:] he wants to know what
[15:] he is to do with the 300
[16:] frcs I sent to him for Alexanders
[17:] expenses~ No other
[18:] news we have of Alexanders
[19:] whereabout;

5’ Sund Th@ 6 38

1899 Mch

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[20:] Light N. Erly & little
[21:] Cloudy & Cold Weather
[22:] I did not go to Church,
[23:] but I called on Henry’s

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[1:] Wife, & on Sister Medula
[2:] & came home at 11~
[3:] Some Visitors called~
[4:] At 1 P.M. I went to see
[5:] Antone Marine & then
[6:] called on Mina Abood,
[7:] Went to call on Mr. Richarz
[8:] but met him in the road
[9:] & I told him that I will
[10:] call on him in two hours
[11:] more; I went to Sister
[12:] Eliza, & on Edward Blockey
[13:] but he was not at home,
[14:] I then called on Mr. Richarz
[15:] but he had gone out,
[16:] I called on Capt & Mrs. Cowley
[17:] & on Moseigneur Altmayer
[18:] he is getting better with
[19:] his rheumatism,
[20:] his holyday of St Henry
[21:] was on Thursday the 2d
[22:] Mch, I came home
[23:] at 6 P.M~

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[1:] Weather getting fine
[2:] & clouds disappearing;

6’ Mond Th@ 6. 42

1899 Mch

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[3:] Light N.W. & fine
[4:] cold morning; at 8
[5:] AM I came on board,
[6:] the Mejidieh is inside
[7:] since yesterday discharging

[8:] The river is falling;
[9:] at 10 Am I went to see
[10:] Mr. Richarz, also Dr. Hesse
[11:] who showed me a letter
[12:] from the Consul General
[13:] of Beyrout dated the 6 Feby
[14:] in which he says that the
[15:] Consul General of Austria
[16:] of Paris writes that after
[17:] having searched for
[18:] Alexander at No. 124
[19:] Rue de Rennes he was
[20:] not there, & was informed
[21:] that he was in the Hotel
[22:] de Bon Marché No. 22
[23:] Rue Placide, there

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[1:] he was told that Alexander
[2:] had left & probably
[3:] gone to England
[4:] so the money of 300 frcs
[5:] is left with the Consul
[6:] and wants to know what
[7:] he is to do with it; I
[8:] asked Mr. Richarz to write
[9:] again to let the money
[10:] remain for the present
[11:] until probably Alexander
[12:] may wire for money
[13:] & then I can refer him
[14:] to the Austrian Consul
[15:] to get it from him, so
[16:] Mr. Richarz is going to
[17:] do so, I left & came to
[18:] the office for some
[19:] Gold sovereigns to pay
[20:] the Officers~

[21:] Sister Medula called
[22:] also Eliza & Adoola my
[23:] cousins~

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[1:] The SS. Mossul arrived
[2:] at 10 Am~

[3:] I took a hot bath~
[4:] Fine cold weather;

7’ Tuesd.

1899 Mch

[5:] Light N.W. & fine Weather
[6:] cold~ Sister Eliza
[7:] called on us also Madm.
[8:] Saccazan~ At 9 AM
[9:] I came on board~

[10:] The SS. Ressafah left this
[11:] morning at 5 Am; River
[12:] Keeps falling;

[13:] At 11 I went home; At 2 P.M.
[14:] called on Catterina Yaghchi
[15:] & Louisa my niece;
[16:] Antone Marine called on
[17:] us, him & Major Melville
[18:] had been at Kadumain
[19:] Visiting the Shahzada
[20:] Abdulhussein Mirza
[21:] he is going to stay here
[22:] for about 4 months more,

[23:] Light N.W. & fine Weather
[24:] & mild;

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8’ Wedn

[1:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[2:] at 8 am called on Sister
[3:] Medula & at 9 came on
[4:] board; the Mossul went
[5:] inside to discharge;
[6:] We are shipping some cargo,
[7:] at 11 went to breakfast
[8:] & returned at 2 ½ P.M.;
[9:] We shipped galls & wool;

[10:] At 4 ½ I went home &
[11:] at 6 Eliza & I went over to Sister
[12:] Medula & spent the evening
[13:] Johny & Artin also came there
[14:] We left at 8 & came home,

9’ Thursd Th@ 6. 50

[15:] Light air from S.W. & cloudy
[16:] all over~ At 8 Am I came
[17:] on board;~ River is falling

[18:] At 11 I went to breakfast
[19:] & came on board at 12;

[20:] I sent two letters to the
[21:] Damascus Post one for
[22:] Mr. A Schweiger & one
[23:] to Mr. Böhm Vienna &
[24:] told the latter every thing
[25:] about Alexander;

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[1:] At 2 P.M. the SS. Phrat
[2:] arrived from Basreh;

[3:] Weather keeps cloudy,
[4:] with a light S. Ely breeze,

[5:] At 5 P.M. we finished
[6:] loading, handed off the
[7:] bank;~ I went home,
[8:] Sister Medula & Grzesiki
[9:] called on us to spend the
[10:] evening; they left at 8 P.M.

[11:] S. Ely light air & cloudy
[12:] a little ~

10 Frid

1899

[13:] Light S. Ely, & cloudy
[14:] All over, Raining slightly
[15:] at 5 am. I came on
[16:] board, rain ceased
[17:] after few minutes, but
[18:] just to wet the ground,
[19:] it keeps cloudy;

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Baghdad to Basreh [10 MAR 1899 --- V049_02_S] (//)

Mch

1899

Mch

Passg Okes GS Piast Draft
253 97,178 19875 ½ 3,,9

[2:] At 6 Am. we proceeded,
[3:] Weather very cloudy and
[4:] gloomy;~ It began to
[5:] rain drizzly at 7 ½ after
[6:] passing Gherrarah Bridge

[7:] At 7.45 passed Diala
[8:] river; ~

[9:] At 8,,45 passed the
[10:] S.S. Khalifah at Menary
[11:] going up, I saw Père
[12:] Pièrre & P. Jèan onboard
[13:] going up;~

[14:] At 9.5 passed Ctesiphon
[15:] At 1,,10 P.M. landed
[16:] the son of Elias Serkis, Rezooki
[17:] at Swera on the opposite
[18:] side of the village & went
[19:] on at 1,,15;

[20:] We have altogether
[21:] 233, Passengers (7

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[1:] in 1st class; 2 Mahomedan
[2:] Pilgrims in one cabin,
[3:] Eassa Khdery, Abdulrezak
[4:] Khdery to Amara free
[5:] with Return Ticket; Edward
[6:] Blockey going to London
[7:] for 9 months, paying Deck
[8:] & Mr. Faragher with him
[9:] in the big cabin free
[10:] going to be reemployed
[11:] at Mahomerah by Mr.
[12:] Taylor free; and Naoom
[13:] Loca to Basreh; also
[14:] 2 females of Eassa Khdery
[15:] in 2d C. Cabin to Basreh
[16:] three other men with free
[17:] passage by S.Lynch & Co,

[18:] At 2,,15 P.M. passed
[19:] Baghdadieh; still very
[20:] Cloudy all over; ~

[21:] At 4.20 passed
[22:] Azizieh; ~

[23:] At 7,,10 we rounded

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[1:] and anchored at Um Sneyem
[2:] little cloudy & light S. Ely
[3:] wind ~ Wind Shifted to
[4:] a fresh N.W. and clouds
[5:] cleared off & became fine,

11 Satur Th@6.52

[6:] Light N.W. & fine clear
[7:] weather ~ At 5,,15 am
[8:] left Um Sneyem;

[9:] At 7,,30 passed Memlah
[10:] The SS. Baghdad & Barge,
[11:] passed up this morning
[12:] at 5 am; ~

[13:] At 11,,45 am. arrived
[14:] at Coot landed 19 Passeng.
[15:] & 3 Packages;

[16:] I received Henry’s letter,
[17:] the Khalifah had 242000
[18:] Okes of Cargo & about
[19:] 120 passengers;

[20:] At 0,,45 P.M. we
[21:] left Coot, took 11 ½
[22:] passengers ~

[23:] At 4.30 P.M. passed

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[1:] Sheikh Saad;

[2:] At 7,15 we rounded and
[3:] Came to for the night at
[4:] Maghessil Grove; Fine
[5:] Clear weather & modte
[6:] N.W. wind;

12 Sund Th@6.42

1899

Mch

[7:] Modte; N.W. & fine cold
[8:] weather ~ At 5,30 Am
[9:] we left Maghessil, at
[10:] 5,,40 passed Ali Gherbi;

[11:] At 1 P.M. arrived at
[12:] Amara landed 22 Passengs
[13:] (Abdulrezack Khdery in
[14:] 1st Class Cabin) and 52
[15:] Packages; ~Took 5 Tons
[16:] of Coal~

[17:] At 2,,20 P.M. left Amara
[18:] took 8 Passengers ~

[19:] At 5,,30 passed Kalat
[20:] Saleh

[21:] At 6.10 anchored at
[22:] the Canal of Abdulla ibn
[23:] Ali for the night;

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[1:] Light S.W. & cloudy

[2:] At 5,,30 Am. proceeded
[3:] from Abdulla ibn Ali,

13 Mond Th@6.57

1899

[4:] At 7,,55 passed Azair
[5:] Wind shifted to N.W. &
[6:] became fine; ~

[7:] At 10,,40 landed one
[8:] Basreh passenger at Gorna
[9:] I saw Rufail Sayegh
[10:] here, he came up after
[11:] we had left Basreh last
[12:] trip & will return tomorrow
[13:] or the day after, ~

[14:] At 10,,50 we went on;

[15:] At 2,,50 P.M. arrived
[16:] at Basreh; Flood tide
[17:] made an hour ago, todays
[18:] moon is 3 days old

[19:] The Mail Str Kilwa is
[20:] the only boat in quarantine,
[21:] the Persian St. Husseini
[22:] has just left as we
[23:] arrived she goes to

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[1:] Jedda with Pilgrims,
[2:] The SS. Abdulkadur
[3:] is at Fao bound for
[4:] Jedda, also taking
[5:] Pilgrims ~

[6:] Rezooki came to me
[7:] for ½ hour & went away,

[8:] The Malamir is
[9:] also in quarantine
[10:] she will leave on Thursday
[11:] for Mahomerah &
[12:] Mr. & Mrs. Taylor will
[13:] go in her & up the Karoon
[14:] to Ahwaz & Shushter;

[15:] At 5 P.m. I went up
[16:] to Rezooki Sayegh only
[17:] himself there Rufail being
[18:] at Gorna; I dined &
[19:] slept there; very strong
[20:] N.W. wind blew for
[21:] 2 hours at about 7
[22:] P.M. & then died away

[23:] Fine Cold Weather

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14 Tuesd

Mch

[A49_029_01:016]

[1:] Modte cool N.W. wind
[2:] At 7 am I came on
[3:] board; we discharging
[4:] and loading cargo,

[5:] Edward Blockey went
[6:] yesterday to put up
[7:] with Mr. Hiles of Muir
[8:] Tweedie & will go down
[9:] in the Kilwa either to
[10:] Karachi or Bombay
[11:] thence to England ~

[12:] Rezooki Sayegh called on
[13:] me, also Nassoory Andrea
[14:] Michail Yaghchi who came
[15:] down in the Khalifah to
[16:] sell his Liquorice from
[17:] the Euphrates, also Yousif
[18:] Metchich ‘etc’

[19:] We finished loading
[20:] at 4 ½ P.M. & got the
[21:] mail on board;
[22:] Flood tide is running
[23:] up since 3 P.M ~

[24:] We are awaiting for the
[25:] flood tide to ebb

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Basreh to Baghdad [15 MAR 1899 -- V049_03_N] (//)

1899

Mch

[A49_030_16:017]

[A49_030_19:018]

Passeng Okes G.S. Piast Local Draft
310 ½ 238,030 26,511 ½ 4, 10/11

[2:] At 6.35 P.M. flood tide
[3:] slacked, we got underway
[4:] Light N.W. & fine weather,

[5:] We have 10 Horses, one
[6:] mule & one donkey belonging
[7:] to the Shahzada Abdulhussein
[8:] Mirza Farman Farman
[9:] whom we tock up last time,
[10:] they came up from Shiraz
[11:] charging the Horses at 14
[12:] Mejidies each, the mule 11
[13:] & the donkey 8, with 7
[14:] persons, 4 are allowed free
[15:] as Saises for the 12 animals,

[16:] I wrote a letter to Yousif
[17:] Serpos to Cairo by this mail
[18:] Via Bombay dated the 10
[19:] Instt; all about Alexander
[20:] a copy I have kept;

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[1:] At 7.50 passed the
[2:] S.S. Mossul & Barge going
[3:] down; ~

15 Wedne Th@6.55

[4:] At 1 AM passed
[5:] Gorna~

[6:] Light N.W. & very mild
[7:] weather & fine~

[8:] At 6.15 passed Azair,
[9:] At 11.15 landed 7 passengers
[10:] at Kalat Saleh and
[11:] went on at 11,,20 ~ Took
[12:] one passenger~

[13:] We have altogether
[14:] from Basreh 162 ½
[15:] (6 being free by L. Brothers)
[16:] (2 in 1st Class Mr. Zerlendi
[17:] a Greek trader in Baghdad
[18:] and Miss Martin an
[19:] English woman of the
[20:] missionary society
[21:] of Baghdad)

[22:] Weather getting cloudy

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[1:] in the afternoon ~

[2:] At 4,,35 P.M. arrived
[3:] at Amara landed 17
[4:] passengers & 5 Bales of
[5:] P. Goods; Took 8 Tons
[6:] of Coal & 10 Bales of Hides

[7:] At 6 P.M. left Amara
[8:] Weather cloudy a little

16 Thursd Th@6.54

1899

Mch

[9:] Modte S. Ely wind and
[10:] cloudy weather ~

[11:] At 6,,35 AM. landed 2
[12:] passengers at Ali Gherbi
[13:] & took one, went on at
[14:] 6,,40 ~

[15:] Gave tickets to 55,
[16:] Amara passengers, (one
[17:] Turkish Officer Noory
[18:] Effendi in 2nd Class)

[19:] We passed the SS. Phrat
[20:] & Barge going down last
[21:] night at 11 P.M;

[22:] At 11,,30 landed one
[23:] Passenger at Sheikh Saad

[24:] Strong wind from S. Est

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[1:] Winds keeps blowing strong
[2:] S. Ely & weather cloudy

[3:] At 6,,20 P.M. arrived
[4:] at Coot landed 14 passeng
[5:] & 5 Bales of P. Goods;
[6:] an awful confusion and
[7:] a rush of passengers was
[8:] made for about an hour
[9:] we were unable to Coal,
[10:] so many passengers from
[11:] Coot, Shatra Hai etc etc,
[12:] came pouring, as it is
[13:] the time for the pilgrimage
[14:] to Kerbella etc; we
[15:] took 6 tons of coal;

[16:] At 8,,50 we left
[17:] Coot, strong S. Ely wind
[18:] & cloudy ~

17 Frid Th@6.56

1899

Mch

[19:] S. Ely wind & it became
[20:] very cloudy gloomy weather

[21:] At 5,,15 AM passed
[22:] Memlah ~

Page 33:

[1:] Gave tickets to 91 Coot
[2:] passengers;

[3:] Wind blowing Strong S. Ely
[4:] and opened the clouds
[5:] without raining; all
[6:] the country is dry & have
[7:] not had rain for more
[8:] than a month; people
[9:] are fearing the scarcity
[10:] & bad Crop & the price
[11:] of every thing will again
[12:] commence to rise;

[13:] At 1,,45 P.M. passed
[14:] Azizieh ~ Strong S. Ely
[15:] wind still blowing

[16:] At 3,,30 passed the
[17:] S.S. Khalifah going down
[18:] at Rmelat ~

[19:] At 5,,15 passed Baghdadieh
[20:] Fort; very strong wind
[21:] & heavy swell still;
[22:] cloudy weather;

[23:] At 5,,35 passed the
[24:] S.S. Baghdad & Barge

Page 34:

[1:] going down at Thaji;

[2:] At 12 P.M. being very
[3:] dark and cloudy, we anchored
[4:] at Bostan ~

18 Satur

[A49_035_03:019]

[A49_035_05:020]

[A49_035_20:021]

[5:] S. Ely wind & cloudy

[6:] At 5,,30 AM we proceeded
[7:] very light drizzly rain came
[8:] last night for few minutes,

[9:] At 8,,15 passed Ctesiphon,
[10:] At 10,,40 passed Diala
[11:] river ~

[12:] At 11,,50 went alongside
[13:] the bank just below the Bridge
[14:] of Gherrarah & landed
[15:] the 10 horses one mule
[16:] & one donkey; ~

[17:] I landed at 12 & walked in
[18:] to Baghdad there has been
[19:] some slight fall of rain
[20:] here last night;
[21:] reached home at 1 ½ P.M.
[22:] the Mejidieh arrived at
[23:] 2 ½ ~ I saw Eliza

Page 35:

[1:] she is well; I found a
[2:] letter from Rezooki
[3:] Metchich from London
[4:] for me dated the 15 Ulto,
[5:] he tells me that Alexander
[6:] is in London, but he cannot
[7:] tell me all about him &
[8:] what he is doing because
[9:] he is afraid of him
[10:] getting angry etc etc,

[11:] It begun to rain drizzly
[12:] for about 2 hours &
[13:] made the streets muddy
[14:] weather keeps very cloudy
[15:] It rained at night too

19’ Sund

1899

Mch

[16:] Holy day of St. Joseph

[17:] S. Ely wind & cloudy
[18:] at 8 am I went to church
[19:] a high mass with music
[20:] & organ; we visited the
[21:] priests, Pere Pièrre (who
[22:] is now the prefect superior
[23:] in place of the late Père
[24:] Marie Joseph) I then

Page 36:

[1:] called on Asfar, Antone
[2:] Marine, Habib Chiha,
[3:] Yaghchi, Sister Medula
[4:] & came home, many people
[5:] called on us to wish me
[6:] the holy day of my patron
[7:] St Joseph; ~ I called on
[8:] Yousif Tessy, Pehlewan
[9:] & at 3 P.M. with Antone
[10:] Marine on Yousif Korkis
[11:] & Sister Eliza & came
[12:] home at 5 ~ It rained
[13:] in the daytime too, &
[14:] weather keeps cloudy;

20 Mond Th@6.56

[A49_037_09:022]

[15:] Light N.W. & cloudy
[16:] weather, at 7 ½ AM I
[17:] called on Menusha &
[18:] then came on board,
[19:] no steamers are here,

[20:] The Mejidieh is alongside
[21:] discharging cargo

[22:] I sent money to the office
[23:] & went home at 10; Menusha
[24:] was there; I tock a warm

Page 37:

[1:] bath ~ Louisa (Henry’s
[2:] daughter the wife of Yousif
[3:] Yaghchi) & others called
[4:] on us; ~ I called on Mily
[5:] widow of Naoom Serkis,

[6:] Antone, Johny & Artin &
[7:] Johny Pehlewan called
[8:] on us in the evening; they
[9:] looked at my new Bicycle
[10:] which I got out for
[11:] Alexander lately, and
[12:] Johny & Joory Antone’s
[13:] son rode it round the
[14:] court yard ~

[15:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[16:] but is getting warm;

21’ Tuesd Th@6.56

1899

Mch

[A49_038_08:023]

[17:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[18:] Called on Sister Medula
[19:] & came on board at 9 ½
[20:] We are discharging;
[21:] The river is rising a little

[22:] At 11 went home found
[23:] Terooza wife of Antone &
[24:] Philomena Chiha there,
[25:] Eliza & Adoola my cousins

Page 38:

[1:] called in the afternoon
[2:] Also Mr. Richarz, the
[3:] German Consul; he tells
[4:] me that he wrote by last
[5:] Post about my son Alexander
[6:] to the Austrian Consul
[7:] of Paris to keep the money
[8:] now standing, I requested
[9:] him to write again
[10:] & to say that Alexander
[11:] is in London & to let the
[12:] Consul write to London
[13:] to the Austrian Consul

[14:] At 5 ½ Eliza & I went
[15:] over to Sister Eliza & spent
[16:] the evening till 8 P.M.
[17:] & came home;

22’ Wedn

[A49_039_11:024]

[18:] Light N.W. & fine
[19:] weather ~ at 10 AM
[20:] I came on board,
[21:] We are shipping cargo;

[22:] River keeps rising much
[23:] since the day before; It
[24:] rose about 12 feet altogether

[25:] The Bridge was cut

Page 39:

[1:] open today, the rush is
[2:] strong & keeps still rising,

[3:] At 11 I went to breakfast
[4:] & came on board at 2
[5:] P.M. ~ Some boats of the
[6:] brige got swamped &
[7:] sunk; ~ Others also were
[8:] carried away on the opposite
[9:] side;

[10:] At 5 P.M. I went home;

[11:] Fetoohi Dowd Maghak
[12:] our opposite door neighbour
[13:] has opened a shop near
[14:] the door of his house and
[15:] cleaned & repaired the road,
[16:] and called it Bon Marché
[17:] he has spent a large sum
[18:] lavishly in this enterprise

23’ Thursd

1899

Mch

[19:] Light N.W. breeze and
[20:] fine ~ At 7 ½ AM I
[21:] called on Sister Medula
[22:] for ½ hour & came on
[23:] board; the river is still

Page 40:

[1:] rising, it rose 8 bricks since
[2:] yesterday evening, it must
[3:] have risen about 14
[4:] feet;

[5:] I wrote a letter to Edward
[6:] Blockey by todays Post
[7:] to Cheshnut (London) &
[8:] told him all about Alexander
[9:] & to look for him in London,

[10:] At 11 I went home to breakfast
[11:] and returned at 12 1/2;
[12:] Weather getting cloudy;
[13:] the River is stand still,

[14:] We shipped cargo about
[15:] 87,000 Okes;

[16:] At 5 P.M. I went home
[17:] Johny & Artin called on
[18:] us till 8 ~ Weather fine
[19:] & light N.W. breeze;

24 Frid

[A49_041_21:025]

[20:] Light N.W. & fine
[21:] weather ~ At 5 AM I
[22:] came on board ~

[23:] The river has fallen
[24:] one foot since yesterday

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Baghdad to Basreh [24 MAR 1899 --- V049_04_S] (//)

1899 Mch

[A49_042_01:026]

[A49_042_07:027]

[A49_043_07:028]

1899 Mch

Pass Okes GSP Draft
[N/A] [N/A] {N/A] [N/A]

[2:] We kept working in heaving
[3:] the anchor getting buried

[4:] At 6 AM. hove up and
[5:] proceeded; All the gardens
[6:] & property have been well
[7:] irrigated through their
[8:] Canals; ~

[9:] At 7,,30 passed Diala
[10:] river, this had also risen
[11:] considerably & nearly
[12:] overflowing the embankments

[13:] At 8,,25 passed Ctesiphon
[14:] The river here about is nearly
[15:] in a level with the bank;

[16:] At 0,,25 P.M. passed
[17:] Baghdadieh Fort;

[18:] Finished with the
[19:] Passengers tickets, we
[20:] have altogether 138 ½
[21:] (5 in 1st class, Yousif
[22:] Georgi Asfar with free
[23:] Return ticket by SLynch,
[24:] Ali Beg son of Kassim

Page 42:

[1:] Pasha Zheir, Mr.W. Grieger
[2:] the German Zoologist
[3:] with 37 Gazelles bought
[4:] for Hamburg, charged
[5:] 12 1/2 G.S Piasters each,
[6:] and the wife of Abdulrezack
[7:] Khdery with her brother
[8:] Seyd Mahomed to Basreh,
[9:] this latter paying deck
[10:] & Capt Cowley invited him
[11:] in the cabin with his
[12:] sister to occupy,
[13:] and 2 Afghans in 2d
[14:] Class) ~ Besides we have
[15:] Polus Bahoshy with 4
[16:] Tilkeflies to Amara to
[17:] the wool Press of S Lynch

[18:] At 2 P.M. passed
[19:] Azizieh;

[20:] At 4,,50 passed the
[21:] S.S. Khalifah going up
[22:] at Sheresh, Naoom Loca
[23:] [strikethrough] was
[24:] on board ~

Page 43:

[1:] At 5,,40 passed Memlah,

[2:] At 5,,55 passed the
[3:] S.S. Mossul & Barge at
[4:] Anchor above the village
[5:] of Bughela apparently
[6:] on account of the strong
[7:] current; Artin Apikyan
[8:] on board of her going from
[9:] Bughela to Baghdad;
[10:] Also Sleman Durion
[11:] from Basreh;

[12:] At 9,,10 P.M. arrived
[13:] at Coot landed 39 passeng
[14:] and 229 Packages (150 Poles
[15:] for Lynch's wool Press)
[16:] I received Henry's letter &
[17:] my papers, the Khalifah
[18:] has 204480 Okes of
[19:] cargo & about 260 Passengers

[20:] The river is high here
[21:] reaching nearly to the
[22:] top of the banks ~

Page 44:

25 Satur

[A49_045_01:029]

[A49_045_08:030]

[x symbol] took 9 passengers (1 in 1st Class the wife of Kassim Khdery)

[1:] Light nw. & fine ~ At
[2:] 5,, am. left Coot; Took
[3:] one passenger;

[4:] At 10,,35 landed 9
[5:] Packages at Ali Gherbi
[6:] took 6 1/2 passengers and
[7:] went on at 11,,00 ~
[8:] Light clouds & S. Ely
[9:] breeze;

[10:] At 1,,25 P.m passed the S.S
[11:] Ressafah & Barge going
[12:] up above Ali Sherghi,

[13:] At 5,,40 P.m. arrived
[14:] at Amara landed 25 1/2
[15:] passengers & 23 Packages,
[16:] the river here is about
[17:] one foot below the bank;
[18:] We shipped 4 cases of the
[19:] Pellican feathers; ~

[20:] At 7 P.m. we left Amara
[21:] full noon today ~

[22:] Weather warm & Calm;

Page 45:

[1:] with some clouds ; [x symbol]

[2:] At 8 we anchored above
[3:] Aboo Sedra, Fine moonlight
[4:] night, & the river is high
[5:] with the banks ;

26 Sund

1899 Mch

[6:] Light, n.w. & fine calm
[7:] weather ~ At 5,,15 Am.
[8:] we proceeded ~ at 7 passed
[9:] Kalat Saleh;

[10:] At 9,,45 passed Azair
[11:] the country is not flooded
[12:] here but the river is high
[13:] within few inches below
[14:] the banks;

[15:] At 0,,35 P.m. landed 2
[16:] of the Basreh passengers at
[17:] Gorna, took 9 passengers
[18:] the family of Neshat
[19:] Effendi Kaimakam of
[20:] Gorna (now just appointed
[21:] here instead of Akif
[22:] Effendi who went up
[23:] to Baghdad 15 days ago)
[24:] We went on at 0,,40

Page 46:

[1:] Flood tide made up at
[2:] 2 P.m. ~

[3:] At 4,,10 P.m. passed
[4:] the S.S. Baghdad & Barge
[5:] going up at the Island
[6:] above Maghil;

[7:] At 4,,45 arrived at Basreh
[8:] There is only the mail
[9:] Str Pemba in quarantine

[10:] Rezooki Sayegh came off
[11:] to me & then we went up
[12:] I landed at Jeboory Asfar
[13:] for an hour & then went
[14:] to Rufail where I dined
[15:] with him & Rezooki & slept
[16:] there;

27 Mond

Fireman Shabo Franso drowned

1899 Mch

[17:] Light S.W. breeze & warm
[18:] weather, since 1 am
[19:] I awoke & could not sleep
[20:] at all; at 7 I came
[21:] on board, we are discharging
[22:] & shipping cargo;

[23:] Our Fireman Shabo
[24:] ibn Franso while he

Page 47:

[1:] was working in the
[2:] starboard wheel fell
[3:] in the river & struggled
[4:] & cryed until he got
[5:] to opposite my cabin
[6:] under the sponsoon and
[7:] sunk & disappeared not
[8:] knowing how to swim
[9:] & the Barge being close
[10:] alongside the steamer
[11:] so no help could be
[12:] rendered immediately
[13:] expecting him to drift
[14:] down to the ship's stern
[15:] but he got drowned
[16:] the whole crew were
[17:] gathered to his rescue
[18:] but they failed; he
[19:] was an old servant in
[20:] the service for about 15
[21:] years ~

[22:] We have a lot of passengers
[23:] coming mostly Arabs
[24:] of Hassa & the river here
[25:] & from Basreh going

Page 48:

[1:] to the pilgrimage of the
[2:] Moharrem festival next
[3:] Lunar month; I have
[4:] let all the Cabins, the
[5:] weather is very calm &
[6:] unusually warm it is
[7:] 82° at noon in my Cabin

[8:] Rezooki Sayegh, Rezooki
[9:] Angoorly his brother Toni,
[10:] Nessoory Andrea etc came
[11:] off to me; I have been
[12:] giving tickets all the
[13:] day ~ we finished
[14:] shipping cargo by 5
[15:] P.m. & received the
[16:] mails;

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Basreh to Baghdad [27 MAR 1899 --- V049_05_N] (//)

[A49_049_16:031]

Passg Okes G S Piast Local Draft
416 192,562 27,808, 4,,9;

[2:] At 6,15 P.m. we got
[3:] underway & proceeded,
[4:] very calm & warm weather
[5:] I cannot support the
[6:] woolen clothes; the
[7:] ship is deep; we are
[8:] going slow;

28 Tuesd Th @ 5,68°

1899 Mch

[9:] At 1,,10 A.m. passed Gorna
[10:] [strikethrough], Fine weather and
[11:] light n.w. air;

[12:] At 6,,15 passed Azair,
[13:] wether warm ~

[14:] Finished with the Passengers
[15:] tickets we have Altogether
[16:] 273 (4 1/2 in 1st Class, they
[17:] are, H. Hmood el Mellak,
[18:] Gool Hayat the widow of
[19:] Sheikh Jaber & Sheikh Mezel
[20:] of Mahomerah; Michail
[21:] Yaghchi, & Rezooki Besboori

Page 50:

[1:] Tessi with his nephew the
[2:] son of Tanton Eassayi,
[3:] & two Jews in 2d Class
[4:] one of them is free by
[5:] S. Lynch & Co. a relative
[6:] of Abdulla Eliahoo) ;

[7:] At 11,,5 landed 6 passengers
[8:] at Kalat Saleh & went
[9:] on at 11,,10 ~

[10:] At 5,,5 P.m. arrived
[11:] at Amara landed 16 Passeng
[12:] & the 10 Zaptyehs guards,
[13:] We shipped 10 Bales of
[14:] Lamb Skins & took 10 Tons
[15:] of Coal ~

[16:] At 6,,35 left Amara
[17:] S. Ely light breeze & warm,

18: 29 Wednes

[A49_051_06:032]

Major Melville left Baghdad

1899 Mch

[18:] At 2,,30 am we passed
[19:] the S.S. Baghdad & Barge
[20:] going up near Ali Sherghi

[21:] N. Ely wind & cloudy
[22:] all over

Page 51:

[1:] Gave tickets to 80
[2:] Amara passengers;

[3:] At 8,,55 am landed
[4:] 2 passengers at Ali Gherbi,
[5:] & went on at 9; very
[6:] cloudy, S. Ely breeze &
[7:] some drops of rain ~

[8:] At 2,,30 P.m. passed
[9:] Sheikh Saad; S. Ely
[10:] wind & cloudy;

[11:] At 2,,45 met the Comet
[12:] coming down with major
[13:] Melville the Acting Resident
[14:] of Baghdad going away
[15:] & the Comet will bring
[16:] Colonel Loch who will
[17:] be in Basreh today to
[18:] take his post in Baghdad
[19:] after his leave of absence,

[20:] At 3 we went on;
[21:] The river has fallen about
[22:] one foot below its higher rise ~
[23:] rise ~

[24:] Wind shifted to a Strong

Page 52:

[1:] N. Wester & became
[2:] cool ~

[3:] At 10,,20 P.m. arrived
[4:] at Coot landed 19 1/2
[5:] Passengers & 6 packages
[6:] cargo, Lost of passengers
[7:] came most of them had
[8:] to remain on the lower deck
[9:] We took 8 tons of coal,

[10:] At 12 P.m. left Coot
[11:] light n.w. & fine weather

30 Thursd Ther @ 5,49 noon 60

[12:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[13:] weather, the river fell
[14:] about 3 feet~

[15:] Gave tickets to 62
[16:] Coot passengers;

[17:] At 8,,45 am. passed
[18:] Memlah; The river
[19:] has fallen here about
[20:] 4 feet;

[21:] I paid the Ships crew &
[22:] officers their wages for
[23:] this month ~

Page 53:

[1:] At 6,,30 P.m. passed
[2:] Azizieh village;

[3:] At 10,,45 passed Baghdadieh
[4:] Fort; Fine clear weather;

5: 31 Frid Ther @ 5,59

1899 April

[5:] Light n.w. & cloudy a
[6:] little ~ At 7 am passed
[7:] Bostani Kesreh; The S.S.
[8:] Ressafah is in sight ahead
[9:] of us going up we had
[10:] met her on Saturday last
[11:] at 1 1/2 P.m. ~

[12:] At 8,,25 we cought the
[13:] Ressafah & passed her at
[14:] the turn of Semreh reach
[15:] and just at this time the
[16:] Khalifah is coming down
[17:] also and we passed her
[18:] after two minutes ~

[19:] At 10 passed Ctesiphon
[20:] Strong n.w.wind blowing

[21:] At 0,,50 P.m. passed
[22:] Diala river ~

[23:] At 2,,15 I landed at
[24:] Gherrarah & walked

Page 54:

[1:] to town, Michail Yaghchi,
[2:] Metty, Yousif Metchich
[3:] Rezooki Bashoory and
[4:] 3 Jews also landed,

[5:] I reached home at
[6:] 3 1/2 having walked slow
[7:] on account of Michail
[8:] Yaghchi who could not
[9:] walk having pain
[10:] on his knees; ~ Eliza
[11:] is suffering from stomach
[12:] ache like me for
[13:] the last 10 days; no
[14:] letters or news from
[15:] Alexander whatever,

[16:] This is Good friday I
[17:] went to the Chaldean
[18:] Cathedral, immense
[19:] people were their & the
[20:] Patriarch was preaching
[21:] I started home &
[22:] Eliza came too,

Page 55:

[1:] The Mejidieh arrived
[2:] at 4,,50 ~

[3:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[4:] night ;

1’ Satur Ther @ 5,50

[5:] Light n.w. & fine
[6:] cool weather at 8 am
[7:] I came on board,
[8:] The Mossul & Phrat
[9:] are here the former
[10:] leaves tomorrow ~
[11:] The S.S. Ressafah arrived
[12:] this morning at 4,,20
[13:] am; I went home at 10,
[14:] I took a warm bath;

[15:] Johnny called in the evening.
[16:] The river is rising a little.

: 2’ Sund Ther @ 5,52

1899 April

[A49_056_04:033]

[A49_056_16:034]

[17:] Easter Sunday ~
[18:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[19:] at 8 am we went to
[20:] Church & then I called
[21:] on many people the French
[22:] priests, Patriarch, Bishop
[23:] & other Priests; and
[24:] visited many Christians

Page 56:

[1:] came home at 12, many
[2:] people visited us, I again
[3:] made visits until sunset,
[4:] I called on 33 houses,
[5:] & came very tyred &
[6:] knocked up ~

[7:] The river rose about
[8:] 4 feet~

[9:] Light N.W. & fine
[10:] weather;

3 Mond Ther @ 5,52

1899 April

[A49_058_04:035]

[11:] Light Ely breeze and
[12:] fine ~ I called at 4 1/2 am
[13:] on Père Pièrre to ask
[14:] him to give me his account
[15:] of the money he has
[16:] advanced to Alexander
[17:] & he showed me all his
[18:] letters which he wrote
[19:] to him begging him to
[20:] advance the money
[21:] and all the receipts
[22:] which I took note
[23:] of, since the 4 of Nover

Page 57:

[1:] up to the 11 Jany he
[2:] has paid him 1,350 Frcs
[3:] exclusive the 220 frcs
[4:] which I had sent on
[5:] the 27 Octor through the
[6:] Ottoman Bank ~ I
[7:] paid P. Pierre 20 Turkish
[8:] Liras on account, all
[9:] what I had saved &
[10:] asked him to await
[11:] for the rest in about one
[12:] or two months hence;

[13:] I called on Iskender
[14:] Aziz, & on Fetoohi Loca
[15:] & came on board at 9 1/2
[16:] the Mejidieh went inside
[17:] to discharge ~

[18:] The S.S. Mossul left for
[19:] Basreh yesterday morning

[20:] I went home at 10; called
[21:] on some more Christians for
[22:] the Holyday; After breakfast
[23:] I also called on Antone

Page 58:

[1:] Marine, on our Tindal
[2:] Meekha saw his wife;
[3:] on Yousif Metchich etc,
[4:] came home at 4 P.m.
[5:] some more Visitors called,

[6:] Weather became very cloudy
[7:] with some slight drops
[8:] of rain; It kept blowing
[9:] & thundering during
[10:] the night; and at about
[11:] midnight it rained hard
[12:] with strong lightning
[13:] & thunder;

4 Tuesd

1899 April

[A49_060_21:036]

[14:] S. Ely breeze & fine
[15:] weather; Terrooza wife
[16:] of Antone Marine & daughter
[17:] also Antone came

[18:] At 10 am I came on
[19:] board; The Phrat left this

[20:] The Phrat left this
[21:] morning at 5 am. The
[22:] wife of Ezra Daniel
[23:] the apothecary went down

Page 59:

[1:] in her to go to Vienna
[2:] in the Goolistan;
[3:] The river is falling ;

[4:] The SS. Baghdad & Barge
[5:] arrived yesterday morning
[6:] at 3 am ~ I went to see
[7:] Mr. Kritchly of the Ottoman Bank,
[8:] to ask him if he can allow
[9:] Rufail Sayegh to draw the
[10:] 1000 Date Boxes & give a bond
[11:] payable after 5 months, during
[12:] the date season, but he said
[13:] that he cannot do it until
[14:] he writes to Alois Schweiger
[15:] at Vienna meanwhile
[16:] the cases will have to be
[17:] kept in the charge of his
[18:] agent Daverzica in
[19:] Basreh ~

[20:] I went home; Fetoohi Magho
[21:] came to see my samples
[22:] & he will give orders for
[23:] some goods~

[24:] Eliza went out driving
[25:] with Antone Marine

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[1:] and his wife in his dog
[2:] carriage at 4 P.m. I
[3:] called on sister Eliza &
[4:] came home ~ At 6 P.m
[5:] Eliza & I went over and
[6:] passed the evening at
[7:] sister Medula, Mr. Guilietti
[8:] & his son Antoine came
[9:] there, also Artin my nephew,
[10:] We came home at 8 P.m.

[11:] Light N. W. & fine weather

5’ Wedn

[12:] Modte n.w. fine cool
[13:] weather; called on Menusha
[14:] at 8 am & thence came
[15:] on board ~ Took no cargo
[16:] & there is none but very
[17:] little I suppose tomorrow,

[18:] River keeps falling ;
[19:] At 11 went home, sister
[20:] Medula is here, we then
[21:] went to call on Madme
[22:] Danon who is going down
[23:] with us for Paris in the
[24:] SS Goolistan, her husband

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[1:] will follow in about 6 or
[2:] 7 months hence; ~

[3:] At 2 P.m. I came on board
[4:] no cargo is taken, I went
[5:] home at 4 P.m. ~

[6:] Light n.w. & fine weather,
[7:] rather warm in the room

6’ Thursd

1899 April

[8:] Ely breeze & fine ~ at
[9:] 4 1/2 am I came on board;
[10:] The river has fallen still
[11:] lower; ~ we are shipping
[12:] some cargo ~ at 11 went
[13:] to breakfast & returned at
[14:] 1 P.M. ~

[15:] We finished shipping cargo
[16:] by 5 P.M. we have only
[17:] about 27,000 Okes & few
[18:] passengers on deck;

[19:] At 5 1/2 P.M. I went home,
[20:] Artin my nephew called,

[21:] The Damascus Post
[22:] has just arrived; I only
[23:] received a letter

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[1:] from my sister in law
[2:] Blanche from Constanple
[3:] dated the 12 March;
[4:] she answers my letter
[5:] of the 9th Febry ~

[6:] Light n.w. & fine weather

7 Frid

[7:] Light air & fine weather,

[8:] At 4 1/2 am I came
[9:] on board ~ River
[10:] is low & keeps falling;

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April

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1899

April

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Passeng Okes G.S. Piast Draft
134 ½ 2,8711 10,899 ½ 3,,

[12:] At 5,,20 am we got
[13:] underway & proceeded,

[14:] At 7 passed Diala
[15:] river~

[16:] Gave tickets to the Passeng,,
[17:] we have in all 110
[18:] (5 1/2 in 1st Class, they are

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[1:] Mr. & Mrs. Hurner & their
[2:] two sons both boys for
[3:] half passage; Mr. Hurner
[4:] is accompanying his
[5:] wife to Basreh & will
[6:] return with us; also
[7:] Madme. Danon & her 3 young
[8:] children as her husband
[9:] is shifted to Alexandria
[10:] in 6 months hence, she is
[11:] going to Paris for the present,
[12:] to see her friends; also
[13:] the Assyrian Bishop
[14:] Aghnatios going to Basreh
[15:] for two or three weeks,
[16:] and a Mr. Rigo an
[17:] Inspector of the Public
[18:] Debt to Basreh; and
[19:] one in 2nd class Ferida the
[20:] mother of Hannosh Kass
[21:] Hanna the Clerk of Lynch
[22:] Brothers;) We have three
[23:] Priests to Basreh on
[24:] the Lower Deck our

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[1:] Assyrian & two Chaldeans
[2:] also Iskander Aziz
[3:] on Lower Deck to Coot,
[4:] There is no cabin for him
[5:] he messes with us as
[6:] well as the Bishop also

[7:] At 8,,5 we rounded and
[8:] came to at Ctesiphon to
[9:] repair our steering chain,
[10:] S. Erly breeze & fine,

[11:] At 8,,35 proceeded,

[12:] At 11,,50 passed the SS.
[13:] Khalifah going up at
[14:] Swera; she is very deep
[15:] & full of passengers even
[16:] on the lower deck and
[17:] aft; I saw Yousif Asfar
[18:] on board~

[19:] Weather getting cloudy
[20:] At 9,,55 P.m. passed
[21:] Bagdadieh Fort;

[22:] At 2,,30 passed

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[1:] Azizieh;~

[2:] At 6,,45 P.m. passed
[3:] Memlah~ Clouds clearing
[4:] off; & getting fine;~

[5:] At 10,,30 P.m. we arrived
[6:] at Coot landed landed 32
[7:] passengers & 32 Packages
[8:] we remained for the night,

[9:] I received Henry’s letter &
[10:] Papers; the Khalifah had
[11:] 190,000 Okes & over 520
[12:] passengers besides what
[13:] she took from Coot, all
[14:] Arab pilgrims going for
[15:] the Moharrem festival,
[16:] A 1st Class passenger
[17:] Mohamed ibn Omer one
[18:] of the respectable & wealthy
[19:] handed propritor of
[20:] Basreh going up to meet
[21:] the New Waly for Basreh
[22:] Hamdi Pasha, died
[23:] on board suddenly

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[1:] the night before, I believe
[2:] from appoplectic attack
[3:] & was landed at Coot,
[4:] the Plague in Bombay
[5:] keeps increasing alarmingly
[6:] about 280 deaths per
[7:] day;~

8 Satur

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[8:] Light S. Erly & cloudy
[9:] At 4,,45 am we left
[10:] Coot, took 6 Passengers

[11:] At 7,,20 passed Sheikh Saad

[12:] At 11 landed a young
[13:] Jew employé of the telegraph
[14:] to remain here & transmit
[15:] the foreign telegrams to
[16:] Basreh by steamers as
[17:] the line is cut & plundered
[18:] by the Benî Sudd Arabs
[19:] followers of Hassan el
[20:] Khayoon on both rivers

[21:] At 11,10 we went on
[22:] weather cloudy & light

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[1:] S. Erly breeze~

[2:] At 6,,50 P.m. arrived
[3:] at Amara landed 21 ½
[4:] passengers & 69 Packages;
[5:] The river is very high here;

[6:] I heard that Hamdi
[7:] Pasha the Waly for Basreh
[8:] left Baghdad yesterday noon
[9:] in the Ressafah coming
[10:] from Constantinople;

[11:] We hauled out & remained
[12:] for the night;

9 Sund. The @ 5,,74 noon 85 4 P.m

1899

April

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1899

April

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Dismissal of Anis Pasha

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Waly of Basreh & arrival of Hamdi Pasha

1899

April

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[13:] Strong S. Erly wind &
[14:] Cloudy weather;

[15:] At 5 Am left Amara
[16:] Took 9 ½ passengers (3 ½
[17:] for Azair paying Return passage
[18:] Cloudy all over & fresh
[19:] S. Erly wind warm and
[20:] disagreable weather;
[21:] we have 9 Zaptyes ~

[22:] At 8,,15 passed Kalat
[23:] Salih; Clouds clearing

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[1:] off, but weather very hazy

[2:] Detained at the Elbow
[3:] the wind drove the steamer
[4:] toward the west bank,
[5:] and again below the reach
[6:] & further down too,
[7:] from 9,,40 till 11;~

[8:] At 0,,15 P.m landed 3 ½
[9:] Jews at Azair from Amara
[10:] & went on at 0,,20 P.m.
[11:] warm sultry cloudy
[12:] weather & fresh S. Erly;

[13:] At 3,,20 P.m. passed
[14:] Gorna, Flood made up;

[15:] Wind shifted to a strong
[16:] N. Easter & hazy weather;
[17:] it cooled the atmosphere
[18:] it was very warm at 4 P.m
[19:] Therm was 90˚;~

[20:] At 7,,40 P.m. arrived
[21:] at Basreh, Modte N.W.
[22:] wind blowing & dark

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[1:] The S.S. Goolistan is here
[2:] arrived about 11 days ago
[3:] & is leaving tomorrow,
[4:] also the S.S. Comet is
[5:] here with Colonel Loch
[6:] the Resident for Baghdad
[7:] is out of quarantine,

[8:] Mr. & Mrs. Livingstone
[9:] have also arrived in the
[10:] Goolistan & are going up
[11:] in the “Comet” by invitation
[12:] by Colonel Loch, as well as
[13:] the superintendent of
[14:] Post Offices;

[15:] The mail Str. Pachumba
[16:] is in quarantine~

[17:] We did no work at night
[18:] as Capt Cowley wants to
[19:] leave on Tuesday~

[20:] The SS. Comet left at
[21:] 11 ½ for Baghdad with
[22:] Colonel Loch the Consul
[23:] of Baghdad;

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[1:] The S.S. Goolistan left
[2:] at 0,,30 P.m. & passed
[3:] down, she takes Mrs. Hurner
[4:] & their two boys, Mrs.
[5:] Danon & 3 children
[6:] Mrs. Egra Daniel the
[7:] Viennese woman, Mr.
[8:] & Mrs. Lanfield clerk
[9:] of Lynch Brothers who
[10:] leaves for good, and
[11:] Mrs. Parry the Agent of
[12:] Lynch Brothers at Ahwaz,

[13:] All our Cabins are
[14:] let Mr. Hürner returning
[15:] with us the Cadi of
[16:] Basreh Ibrahim Ferid
[17:] Effendi; H. Ali Abootaleb
[18:] a Mousully horse dealer,
[19:] & Mr. Nicoli Greek merchant,
[20:] & now the Waly of
[21:] Basreh who being
[22:] dismissed Enis

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[1:] Pasha who has only
[2:] been here about 11 months
[3:] (see 2nd May 1898 in
[4:] my Diary) his dismissal
[5:] is attributed to some
[6:] English policy; has sent
[7:] to ask us when the
[8:] Mejidieh was going to
[9:] start as he intends going
[10:] up with us; I said that
[11:] all the cabins are let

[12:] Hamdi Pasha his
[13:] successor (who was here
[14:] some 3 years ago) is now
[15:] expected down today
[16:] in the Ressafah

[17:] At 3 P.m. the Mossul
[18:] went to the other side of the
[19:] river alongside the Turkish
[20:] Hospital & took on board
[21:] a detachment of Troops
[22:] to be landed at Medina
[23:] up above Gorna to

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[1:] punish the tribes of Beni
[2:] Sudd which have been
[3:] committing plunder &
[4:] cutting the telegraph Lines
[5:] & thence she will go up
[6:] to Baghdad; she left at
[7:] 4 P.m.~

[8:] The S.S. Brooksid arrived
[9:] at 4 P.m. from the Bar
[10:] where she had been aground
[11:] there since 7 days;~

[12:] At 4 ½ I went with Rezooki
[13:] Sayegh up & landed
[14:] at Jeboory Asfar; I
[15:] did not want to go to
[16:] Rufail as he has some
[17:] Turkish Officials since
[18:] yesterday awaiting the
[19:] arrivel of Hamdy Pasha,

[20:] The whole functionaries
[21:] & Officials of Basreh
[22:] are out, & many went
[23:] up river in steam

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[1:] Launches to meet the
[2:] Ressafah, Troops and
[3:] Horse artillery are also
[4:] awaiting on the bank
[5:] above the Ashar Creek,
[6:] by they were all disappointed
[7:] for the Ressafah came
[8:] & passed down at 10 ½
[9:] P.m.~ Rezooki had come
[10:] for an hour & went away;

[11:] Mr. Hurner came to
[12:] dine at Asfar being invited
[13:] & he went away at 10 ¾;

[14:] I slept as Asfars~

11 Tuesd.

1899

April

[15:] Light N.W. & fine
[16:] cool weather; I had
[17:] a very bad stomach ache
[18:] & heart burn all the night
[19:] from the heavy dinner
[20:] we had~ At 6 am.
[21:] came down to the ship,

[22:] Lots of Bahranies &
[23:] Hassawis passengers
[24:] coming on board

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[1:] The deck is getting full;

[2:] Rufail came to me,
[3:] also Rezooki, Ali Beg
[4:] the mudir of Tapo etc,
[5:] We took little cargo
[6:] today, we could have
[7:] left yesterday very easy;
[8:] The ship is getting very
[9:] crowded, passengers
[10:] are obliged to stop on
[11:] lower Deck;~ Lots
[12:] of Turks & Officials came
[13:] to see the Kadi of Basreh
[14:] off~ Flood tide made
[15:] & we had to await until
[16:] it ebbs~

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Passg Okes G S Piast Local. Draft
511 ½ 169138 40102¾ 4,,8,;

[2:] At 5,,20 P.m. we
[3:] got underway & proceeded,
[4:] New moon today of Moharrem
[5:] Very calm & warm weather;

[6:] At 11,,30 P.m. landed one
[7:] passenger at Gorna & went
[8:] on at 11,,35; very light
[9:] & calm weather;

12 Wedn Th @ 5,,65

1899

April

x at 11,,30 P.M passed the SS. Baghdad bound down,

[10:] Light N.W. & fine~
[11:] At 5 am took the 3 ½ Return
[12:] Jews for Amara from
[13:] Azair & went on at 5,,5;

[14:] Finished with the passengers
[15:] tickets; we have in all
[16:] 409 (4 in 1st Class, Mr.
[17:] Hurner returning with us,
[18:] the Kadi of Basreh, Ibrahim
[19:] Effendi Ferid, Mr. Nicoli
[20:] Giocalas a Greek trader
[21:] in Basreh & H. Ali
[22:] Aboo Taleb a Mousulli
[23:] horse dealer)~

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[1:] Our passengers are all
[2:] Arabs of Bahrein and
[3:] Hassa & they pack very
[4:] thick & close and very little
[5:] baggage, had there been
[6:] any Persians or Basreh
[7:] & Baghdad people, the
[8:] Deck would not have
[9:] sufficed to such people,
[10:] there are only about 30 or
[11:] 40 persons below & the rest
[12:] are on the upper
[13:] Deck; we have also 10
[14:] Zaptyes with us as usual,

[15:] At 10 landed 3 Passengers
[16:] at Kalat Saleh & took
[17:] 3~

[18:] We passed the S.S.
[19:] Mossul at Anchor this
[20:] morning at 3 ½ on her
[21:] way up;~

[22:] Weather getting cloudy
[23:] sultry & warm;

[24:] At 3,,30 P.m. arrived

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[1:] at Amara landed 13 ½
[2:] passengers & the 10 Zaptyes;
[3:] Took 8 Tons of Coal,
[4:] the telegraph line is
[5:] interrupted & broken &
[6:] so we could not wire,

[7:] At 5 P.m. left Amara
[8:] weather warm & cloudy, x

13 Thursd Th @ 5.66

1899

April

[9:] Very light air & cloudy,
[10:] Sultry & the ship ful with
[11:] flies~

[12:] At 6,,30 Am. landed
[13:] 7 passengers at Ali Gherbi
[14:] & a packet of Telegrams
[15:] took 2 & went on at
[16:] 6,,35;

[17:] We took 61,, Passengers
[18:] from Amara in all;

[19:] The river looks to have
[20:] again risen since we
[21:] left Baghdad, it is
[22:] in a level with the
[23:] bank; Fresh N.W.

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[1:] wind blowing;~

[2:] At 11,,40 passed Sheikh
[3:] Saad;

[4:] At 7,,10 P.m. arrived
[5:] at Coot, landed 14 ½
[6:] passengers; Took in 6 Tons
[7:] of Coal; Crowd of passengers
[8:] came & they put up any
[9:] where down on the lower
[10:] deck an awful confusion;
[11:] No head or tale we are
[12:] full everywhere; there
[13:] is no limit as rule
[14:] on board, passengers can
[15:] come & do what they
[16:] like, there is no discipline,
[17:] money making is the
[18:] order of the day~

[19:] At 8,,30 we left
[20:] Coot fine weather &
[21:] Modte N.W. breeze;
[22:] the river has only risen

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[1:] about ½ foot~

14 Frid

1899

April

[2:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[3:] weather;

[4:] At 5 Am. passed
[5:] Memlah~

[6:] Gave tickets to 33 Coot
[7:] Passengers; Aslo Polus the
[8:] wool Press Engineer of Lynch
[9:] and 5 men with him
[10:] free (himself in the 2nd Class
[11:] Cabin)~

[12:] I have the stomach ache again
[13:] Came back since that
[14:] night I dined & slept at
[15:] Jeboory Asfar, I suffered
[16:] all the night from pain
[17:] & heartburn, & since it
[18:] begun to pain new fearfully
[19:] especially in the afternoon
[20:] & after midnight;

[21:] At 2,,15 P.m. we
[22:] passed the S.S. Khalifah
[23:] going down just at
[24:] the Village of Azizieh

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[1:] She has some Jews for
[2:] Azair their first trip
[3:] down;~

[4:] At 6,,20 P.m. passed
[5:] Baghdadieh Fort, weather
[6:] became very calm and
[7:] rather warm in the Cabin,

[8:] River keeps low about 6
[9:] feet below the bank, it is
[10:] a singular occurrance at
[11:] this time of the year, it
[12:] appears that there will
[13:] be no high rise coming;

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[14:] Light N.W. & fine, some
[15:] Clouds on the East & South;

[16:] At 4,,45 Am. went
[17:] alongside at Ctesiphon to
[18:] land all the passengers,
[19:] the Bahrein Arabs had
[20:] offered 100 Rps to visit
[21:] the Tomb of Selman, after
[22:] having landed them &
[23:] the 100 Rps brought to

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[1:] me, Capt Cowley did not
[2:] want to wait & hauled
[3:] out & weighed, half of
[4:] the passengers were on
[5:] shore, he again went
[6:] alongside & landed them
[7:] & had to wait for them
[8:] At 6,,30 we proceeded

[9:] At 9,,10 passed Diala
[10:] river;~

[11:] At 10,,30 I landed &
[12:] walked in to Baghdad, I
[13:] went straight to Lynch’s
[14:] office arrived at 12,
[15:] I had to enter some
[16:] freight on cargo of Mr.
[17:] Hurner in the manifest,
[18:] which in Basreh L. Broth
[19:] referred us to Baghdad for
[20:] the rate to be charged
[21:] & I left after ½ hour &
[22:] came home, saw my
[23:] wife, there are no letters
[24:] or news at all about

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[1:] Alexander & his whereabout

[2:] Eliza has shifted our
[3:] sitting from the room to
[4:] the veranda, it is
[5:] getting warm;

[6:] The Mejidieh arrived at
[7:] 1 P.m.;

[8:] Light N.W. & fine, it is
[9:] too warm to sleep in the
[10:] room;

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[11:] Light N. Erly & rather
[12:] warm;

[13:] At 8 am we went to
[14:] Church; I called on
[15:] Antone Marine, his
[16:] son Gabriel is getting
[17:] prepared to start for
[18:] Beyrout to school, in
[19:] about 10 days more
[20:] with Yousif Metchich
[21:] via Aleppo; he is to go to
[22:] school for 2 as three years
[23:] We then went to call
[24:] on Monseigneur Altmayer

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[1:] I called on Yaghchi, Sister
[2:] Medula, Menusha &
[3:] came home at noon,
[4:] At 3 P.m. called on Sister
[5:] Eliza & came home;

[6:] Light air & warm;

17 Mond

1899 April

[7:] Light N. Erly & fine
[8:] At 8 am I came on board
[9:] sent money to the office
[10:] & left at 10;

[11:] At 11 I went to call on
[12:] Colonel Loch the British
[13:] Resident who had gone
[14:] on leave last year, he
[15:] received me very well &
[16:] we had a long talk I
[17:] left at 12 came home

[18:] At sunset Eliza & I
[19:] went over to Antone Marine
[20:] Capt Cooper of the Comet
[21:] was there also; Joory
[22:] (Gabriel) Antone’s son

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[1:] is starting in about 10
[2:] days to Beyrouth with
[3:] Yousif Metchich;

[4:] Light air & rather
[5:] warm at 8 we came
[6:] home; It is too warm
[7:] in the room;

18 Tuesd

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[8:] Light N.W. & warm
[9:] at 8 AM I come on
[10:] board; the river is very
[11:] low, about 8 feet below
[12:] its highest rise;

[13:] At 11 went on shore called
[14:] on Sister Medula~

[15:] Weather warm & Clouds
[16:] hanging about, No rain
[17:] at all since the last
[18:] trip I was here it had
[19:] rained a little, this
[20:] year has been one of
[21:] an exceptional occurrance
[22:] for want of rain and
[23:] high rises of the river

[24:] Sister Medula &

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[1:] Adoola called on us ~

[2:] Bedri Bey the employè
[3:] at the museum of Antiquities
[4:] at Constple has come
[5:] down via Aleppo Urfa,
[6:] Nessibin & Mossul
[7:] With the new Wali for
[8:] Mossul; he called on
[9:] me this evening, he is
[10:] going to Hilla to join
[11:] the German Mission
[12:] who went there a month
[13:] ago to excavate in
[14:] Babylonia for the Govermt
[15:] of Germany & the Museum
[16:] of Berlin;

[17:] Artin & his Sister Terrooza
[18:] called in the evening &
[19:] left at 8 P.M.;

[20:] Light Air & rather warm

19’’ Wedn

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[21:] Light Air N. Erly & clouds
[22:] are hanging about;

[23:] At 8 AM I came

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[1:] on board; found the
[2:] SS. Mossul arrived last
[3:] night at about 11 P.M.;

[4:] At 11 I went home &
[5:] returned at 1 1/2 P.M;

[6:] The SS Phrat & Barge
[7:] arrived at 1,, 15 She
[8:] brings the dismissed
[9:] Waly of Basreh Anis
[10:] Pasha, who is to leave
[11:] for Constple in a few
[12:] days~

[13:] We shipped a lot of
[14:] through cargo, as Galls
[15:] Skins, Abbass, Carpets et,

[16:] Weather very warm,
[17:] sultry & cloudy with
[18:] a light S. Erly breeze,

[19:] At 5 P.M. I went home,
[20:] Antone Marine & his son
[21:] Gabriel came to see us
[22:] as his son is going to

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[1:] Beyrout in a week's time,
[2:] also Yousif Metchich &
[3:] [strikethrough] Mr. Benford
[4:] the Gunner of the Comet
[5:] who has married Yousif's
[6:] niece Mina, also Fetoohi
[7:] Dowd Maghak to whom
[8:] I am giving some patterns
[9:] of Alois Schweiger of Vienna
[10:] to get goods out for
[11:] him & he pays me 1 %
[12:] commission etc;

[13:] Light N. Erly & Cloudy
[14:] Sultry & warm weather,

20 April. Thurs. Ther @ 5.74

1899 April

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[15:] Very Cloudy Sultry &
[16:] warm; at 6 AM it
[17:] rained for 1/4 hour and
[18:] remained cloudy & warm

[19:] At 7 1/2 I came on board
[20:] there is no cargo to be
[21:] shipped today it was all
[22:] shipped yesterday, we
[23:] are getting a lot of

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[1:] Jews for Azair, some
[2:] went in the Khalifah
[3:] last time;

[4:] At 10 1/2 I went home and
[5:] returned at 12, weather
[6:] very warm & disagreable
[7:] The Thermotr. at noon stood
[8:] at 95˚ such warm
[9:] weather in April has never
[10:] occurred yet;

[11:] At 5 P.M. I went home,
[12:] I went to see Gabriel.
[13:] (Joory) son of Antone
[14:] Marine to bid him
[15:] good bye as he leaves
[16:] for Aleppo & Beyrout
[17:] before I return, but he
[18:] was not at home, I
[19:] asked his father & mother
[20:] to let him come & dine
[21:] with us, I came home
[22:] Père Emmanuel called
[23:] on us for an hour

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[1:] Joory came & dined
[2:] with us & went at 9 P.M.

[3:] Weather still bad the
[4:] air an Easterly & clouds

[5:] Easterly breeze with
[6:] some clouds~ At 3 1/2
[7:] AM I came on board;

Baghdad to Basreh [21 APR 1899 --- V049_08_S] (//)

21 Frid

1899 April

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1899 April

Passgrs Okes G.S. Piast Draft
275 49,541 22,350 3,,4

[9:] At 4,,45 AM we left,
[10:] Very cloudy calm & warm
[11:] weather;

[12:] At 6,,30 passed Diala
[13:] river;

[14:] At 7,,45 passed Ctesiphon
[15:] At 8,,30 passed the SS.
[16:] Mejidieh going up at
[17:] Semra, I saw the Assyrian
[18:] Bishop Agnatios, on
[19:] board returning;

[20:] At 0,,35 P.M. passed

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[1:] Baghdadieh Fort;

[2:] We have altogether 248
[3:] passengers, (5 in 1st Class,
[4:] they are Ahmed Pasha
[5:] son of Kassim Pasha Zheir
[6:] who comes from Constple
[7:] by way of Aleppo after
[8:] having been there 15
[9:] years detained by order
[10:] of the Sultan & now only
[11:] allowed about 3 months
[12:] leave to see his parents
[13:] being escorted by a
[14:] Turkish Officer as Aid
[15:] de camp under Surveylance
[16:] a man named Noori
[17:] Beg, also in 1st Class,
[18:] and the mektoobchi of
[19:] the Waly of Basreh
[20:] Assim Bey a Secretary
[21:] to Hamdi Pasha,
[22:] & the fourth one is also

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[1:] a Turk called Izzet
[2:] Beg an aidede camp of
[3:] Kadem Pasha going to
[4:] see his brother Sherif
[5:] Beg the Halai Beghi of
[6:] Basreh, all these 4 persons
[7:] mess with us at the
[8:] Table; & the fifth one
[9:] is Rezooki son of Elias
[10:] Serkis is going to Basreh
[11:] for the Liquorice business
[12:] with G. Asfar; and
[13:] there are 3 Jews in the
[14:] 2nd class going to Bombay
[15:] (2 women & a man).
[16:] We have 128 Jews
[17:] with Return Ticket for
[18:] Azair for the first trip, of
[19:] the season (the Khalifah
[20:] took last time 39 1/2),
[21:] At 4 Mejidies a person
[22:] besides 6 with free tickets.

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[1:] At 1,,45 P.M passed the
[2:] SS. Baghdad & Barge
[3:] going up~

[4:] Weather cloudy all over
[5:] and S. Erly wind, very warm
[6:] & disgusting weather

[7:] At 2,,5 P.M. passed
[8:] Azizieh;

[9:] At 5 1/2 a very hard Shower
[10:] of rain came down for
[11:] about 15 minutes, it also
[12:] thundered & weather
[13:] remained cloudy all
[14:] over;

[15:] At 6,,20 passed
[16:] Memlah;

[17:] At 6,, 35 we rounded
[18:] at Bughela & landed specie,
[19:] and went on at 6,,50,~
[20:] Thermomter in my Cabin is
[21:] 84˚- is sill warm, the
[22:] wind has shifted to a

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[1:] N. Est;

[2:] At 10,,30 P.M. arrived at
[3:] Coot landed 34 passengers
[4:] and 32 packages, I
[5:] received Henry's letter &
[6:] my papers; the Khalifah
[7:] had 214,000 Okes & about
[8:] 300 passengers; We
[9:] hauled out & remained
[10:] for the night;

22 Satur, Therm @ 5. 76

1899 April

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[11:] S. Erly breeze & Cloudy
[12:] all over warm & disagreable
[13:] weather; Took 8 passengers
[14:] from Coot;

[15:] At 9,,45 Am passed the
[16:] SS. Ressafah & Barge
[17:] bound up;

[18:] At 10,,50 landed 2 Passeng
[19:] & 15 packges at Ali Gherbi
[20:] took one passenger and
[21:] went on at 11,10;

[22:] At 6,,20 P.M. arrived

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[1:] at Amara landed 32 Passeng
[2:] and 43 packages;~
[3:] The brothers of Ahmed Pasha
[4:] Zheir, Abdulmohsen and
[5:] Abdulaziz as well as
[6:] Eassa Cheleby Zheir his
[7:] Cousin & others came here
[8:] to meet him; & a great
[9:] many people came, the
[10:] Motserrif of Amara Ahmed
[11:] Anwary Pasha etc;

[12:] S. Erly breeze cloudy wind
[13:] very warm, moon 12
[14:] days old;

[15:] Yesterday was the first
[16:] day of the Moharrem
[17:] festival, it should have
[18:] been on Thursday~

[19:] At 7,,30 we left Amara
[20:] A strong S. Erly wind blew
[21:] in a Squall with lightening

Page 95:

[1:] & some rain so that
[2:] we were obliged to anchor
[3:] At 7,,50; the wind then
[4:] died away & remained
[5:] cloudy;

[6:] At 9.15 we proceeded~
[7:] At 10 anchored for the night,
[8:] S. Ely breeze & warm;

23 Sund.

1899

April

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1899

April

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[9:] Light S.Erly breeze and
[10:] Cloudy all over ~

[11:] At 4.15 AM. we proceeded
[12:] Gave tickets to 24 Amara
[13:] passengers (6 for Azair)
[14:] we have Abdulmohsen &
[15:] Abdulaziz brothers of Ahmed
[16:] Pasha Zheir also Eassa
[17:] Son of Abdulla Zheir and
[18:] the son of Salem Bedur
[19:] these are all aft on the

[20:] quarter Deck I charged
[21:] them double deck fare
[22:] Viz 2 Mejidies each;

[23:] Detained at the Elbow

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[1:] from 7.45 till 8 am;

[2:] At 9,,15 went alongside
[3:] at Azair and landed the
[4:] Jews, 128 with Ret Tickets
[5:] 6 also free, & 6 ½ from
[6:] Amara and Coot;

[7:] At 10 we left Azair.
[8:] At 11 we landed Izzet Beg
[9:] our 1st C. passenger the Aide
[10:] de Camp of Kadem Pasha
[11:] at Sareifah where some
[12:] soldiers are encamped,
[13:] & his brother Sherif Beg
[14:] the Halai Beghi of Basreh
[15:] is here;~

[16:] At 0.50 P.M. we met
[17:] the [strikethrough Lynch] Steam Launch
[18:] of Gray Mackenzie with
[19:] a lot of people coming
[20:] to meet Ahmed Pasha
[21:] Zheir just above Gorna
[22:] we stopped & Ali Beg

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[1:] Zheir & Abdulwahab
[2:] the nephew of Eassa Kartas
[3:] & others came on board
[4:] & we went on, passing
[5:] Gorna at 1 P.M. ~

[6:] Weather Cloudy Sultry
[7:] & warm; Therm 85 at
[8:] noon;

[9:] The wind Shifted to a
[10:] N.W. at about 2 P.M.
[11:] and the sky cleared
[12:] off & became fine~

[13:] Flood tide made up
[14:] against us~

[15:] At 5,,5 P.M. arrived
[16:] at Basreh; the SS. Brookside
[17:] for G. Mackenzie is only
[18:] here; there is the S.S.
[19:] Arabistan in quarantine
[20:] Arrived 5 days ago, the
[21:] Mail Str. Khandalla has
[22:] left Basreh about 2 days
[23:] ago~ I did not go up

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[1:] to Rufail’s house as I found
[2:] there were Tookyeh & her
[3:] children & other women,
[4:] there; ~ we are discharging
[5:] cargo & taking 45 Tons
[6:] of Coal at night; It is
[7:] very warm in the Cabin,
[8:] there is a light N.W. breeze,

24 Mond.

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1899

April

[9:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[10:] we are discharging and
[11:] loading~

[12:] Nessoory Andrea, Rezooki Angoorly
[13:] & Rezooki Sayegh came off
[14:] to me from Rufail’s house;
[15:] they are there with their family

[16:] Jeboory Asfar wrote to me,
[17:] asking me to join them to
[18:] a breakfast party in his
[19:] date garden in the Hakimyeh
[20:] up the Rubat Canal
[21:] as all the family of Angoorly
[22:] & Nessory Andrea etc are
[23:] also invited – I excused
[24:] myself as I thought we

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[1:] were leaving today unless
[2:] we are to wait to take up
[3:] the machinery of the wool
[4:] Press to Coot of Lynchs
[5:] which is being discharged
[6:] from the Arabistan;

[7:] The S.S. Brookside left
[8:] Basreh for London at
[9:] 12 ½ AM; Naoomy son
[10:] of Elias Kroomi went in
[11:] her to Marseilles to find
[12:] business there~

[13:] We are going to leave
[14:] tomorrow so as to ship
[15:] the Wool Press: Passengers
[16:] came on board about 70 or
[17:] 80 thinking we were going
[18:] today~

[19:] At 4 ½ P.M. Rezooki came
[20:] to me & I went with him up
[21:] to Rufail’s house, found
[22:] there Tookyeh her husband
[23:] Rezooki & her two sons,
[24:] Nessoory Andrea his wife
[25:] & children etc come back

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[1:] from Asfar’s Picnic party
[2:] and then they went in to
[3:] Basreh;

[4:] The SS. Muristan for
[5:] Asfar arrived up to Basreh
[6:] she comes right up without
[7:] making quarantine,
[8:] as she did not touch at
[9:] any Ports~

[10:] I hear that cases of
[11:] Plague broke out at
[12:] Muscat~

[13:] They forced me to remain
[14:] to dine & sleep at Rufail
[15:] & so I did; weather
[16:] not so cool & pleasant,

25 Tuesd

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1899 April

[17:] Very light N.W. breeze,
[18:] with some clouds on
[19:] the East; at 5 ½ am. I
[20:] dressed & came down to
[21:] the ship, living all the
[22:] rest asleep yet;

[23:] Weather getting warm
[24:] & air changing to West

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[1:] & S West;

[2:] I hear we are not to
[3:] leave Basreh until we
[4:] get the wood Press of
[5:] Lynch shipped for Coot,
[6:] whether it will be out
[7:] of the Arabistan, tomorrow
[8:] or the day after;

[9:] Breeze shifted to S. Est
[10:] & became very warm;
[11:] at 3 wind again shifted
[12:] to North~ We received
[13:] the mail at 5 P.M.~
[14:] We are not going wait
[15:] for the wood Press, it
[16:] will not be out before
[17:] Thursday they say, so
[18:] Lynch Brothers Agent
[19:] Mr Richards is going
[20:] to let us go~

[21:] Rezooki Angoorly and
[22:] Rezooki Sayegh called
[23:] on me~

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Basreh to Baghdad [25 APR 1899 --- V049_09_S] (//)

Passeng Okes G.S.P. Local Draft
246 ½ 227,582 22,388 ¼ 4,,10

[2:] At 5,,15 P.M. we got
[3:] underway & proceeded
[4:] Modte Northerly breeze,

[5:] It is too warm in the cabin,

[6:] At 12 passed Gorna,

26th Wednes, Therm @ 5.81

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1899

April

[7:] Light N.W. but warm and
[8:] sultry weather, I could not
[9:] sleep from the heat in the
[10:] cabin~

[11:] At 5,,10 AM. arrived
[12:] at Azair boarded 10 Jews
[13:] and took 13 others with
[14:] return ticket and left at
[15:] 5,,40; (and 4 ½ without R.T.)

[16:] At 10.45 landed 3 Passeng
[17:] at Kalat Saleh & went on
[18:] at 10.45;

[19:] We have altogether 172
[20:] passengers from Basreh
[21:] (2 in the 1st C. Cabins,

Page 103:

[1:] Ezra Daniel the Apothecary,
[2:] & Kass Petros the Chaldean
[3:] Priest, who paid 2nd Class
[4:] fare & occupied a 1st Class
[5:] by Captain’s permission,
[6:] and one woman Tooza
[7:] Nazo the mother of Hannosh
[8:] Lynch’s clerk paying &
[9:] her two daughters paying
[10:] deck & staying with her,

[11:] We took from Azair
[12:] 17 ½ Jews 4 are for Amara,
[13:] & 13 ½ for Baghdad (13
[14:] are with Ret. Ticket 4
[15:] of the Mejidieh & 9 of the Khalifah)

[16:] Weather very warm
[17:] & sultry; It is getting cloudy too;

[18:] At about 3 P.M the wind
[19:] shifted to fresh N. Wester
[20:] & became cloudy all
[21:] over;

[22:] At 4,,20 P.M. arrived
[23:] at Amara landed 43

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[1:] passengers & the 9 Zaptyeh
[2:] guard;~ We took 8 Tons
[3:] of Coal~ The river keeps
[4:] high here within the
[5:] bank, & even they say
[6:] there is a little rise;

[7:] At 5,,20 left Amara
[8:] Took 30 ½ Passengers;~

[9:] Modte N.W. & fine weather
[10:] It became a little cooler;
[11:] Moon 16 days old;

27 Thursd,Therm@ 5.70

1899

[12:] Light N.W. & cloudy
[13:] all over but it is cooler
[14:] than the days before;

[15:] At 7,,30 AM. landed
[16:] 2 passengers at Ali Gherbi
[17:] & took 3,, Jews and
[18:] went on at 7,,40~ The
[19:] river is rising it rose about
[20:] 1 ½ foot at Ali Gherbi &
[21:] is still rising~

[22:] At 1 P.M passed Shekh
[23:] Saad~

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[1:] River keeps rising, & is
[2:] nearly in a level with the
[3:] banks, Cloudy still;

[4:] At 4 ½ P.M. it blew strong
[5:] N.W. with slight squall
[6:] & dust & is cloudy all
[7:] over; but it has refreshed
[8:] the atmosphere;

[9:] We passed the S.S. Mossul
[10:] and Barge going down
[11:] at 0,,30 P.M.; ~

[12:] Weather very cloudy &
[13:] dark;

[14:] At 8,30 P.M. arrived
[15:] at Coot landed 12 ½ passengers
[16:] Took 7 Tons of coal,
[17:] River is still rising;

[18:] I did not live my letter &
[19:] Paper for Henry, as the
[20:] Khalifah will leave on
[21:] Sunday, our departure
[22:] having been altered now
[23:] instead of fridays~

[24:] At 10 P.M. left Coot

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28 Frid, Therm @ 5.73

April

[1:] Light S. Ely & Cloudy
[2:] At 6,,40 we passed Memlah,
[3:] Took 23 ½ Passengers from
[4:] Coot~

[5:] Weather very troubled
[6:] cloudy dusty & fresh
[7:] S. Ely wind & warm

[8:] At 4 P.M. passed
[9:] Azizieh ruined village;

[10:] At 4,,5 passed the
[11:] S.S. Phrat & Barge going
[12:] down;~ River is falling
[13:] a little;

[14:] The weather keeps very
[15:] unsettled, Cloudy misty
[16:] variable winds & warm,
[17:] this month has been one
[18:] of the worst we have yet
[19:] seen; my cabin is so
[20:] warm, it is 90˚ at sunset

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[1:] At 8.5 P.M. passed
[2:] Baghdadieh; Strong S. Erly
[3:] wind & dark Cloudy
[4:] nights;~

29 Satur Therm @ 5.74

1899

April

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Antone Marine’s son Gabriel left on 27 for Beyrout ~

[A49_109_22:078]

[5:] S. Erly breeze & hazy
[6:] warm weather;

[7:] At 6,,35 AM. passed
[8:] Ctesiphon~ River has
[9:] fallen about one foot;
[10:] I paid the Ship’s Company
[11:] their wages for this month
[12:] as they wanted it very
[13:] badly;

[14:] At 9.10 passed Diala
[15:] river;

[16:] At 10.35 I landed at
[17:] Gherrarah & walked in
[18:] to town; I felt the heat
[19:] very excessive especially
[20:] when I got between the
[21:] Gardens where the S. Erly
[22:] wind behind me ceased
[23:] & got so calm

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[1:] I could not go on & had
[2:] to sit on a Saky & washed
[3:] & took a rest; I then
[4:] walked in to town,
[5:] arrived at 12 ½ saw my
[6:] wife she is well but,
[7:] there is no news or letters
[8:] from Alexander at all
[9:] he does not write & we
[10:] do not know where he
[11:] is;~ we are in such an
[12:] awful way about him,
[13:] Rezooki Korkis has written
[14:] to his brother saying that
[15:] he has been searching for
[16:] Alexander in London but,
[17:] could not find him, he
[18:] was told that he had
[19:] gone to America; Eliza
[20:] asked Yousif Korkis to
[21:] wire to Rezooki and
[22:] inquire 5 days ago

Page 109:

[1:] but he has not yet got
[2:] the answer;~

[3:] We slept in the big room,
[4:] it is very warm;~

30’ Sund

1899

April

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1899

[5:] Light N. Ely or variable
[6:] breeze cloudy & sultry,
[7:] at 8 AM I called to see
[8:] P. Pièrre & went to hear
[9:] mass; I then called on
[10:] the Bishop Aghnatius, on
[11:] Antone Marine, his
[12:] son Gabriel (Joory) has
[13:] left for Beyrout in company
[14:] with Yousif Metchich
[15:] via Aleppo on thursday
[16:] morning the 27th a large
[17:] Caravan & many people
[18:] had gone, Harems of
[19:] some Turks & Pashas
[20:] also Napoleon the son of
[21:] Michel Jesuit, & Kass
[22:] Yousif Kasha the Chaldean
[23:] priest etc etc.

Page 110:

[1:] I called on Sister Medula
[2:] & on Menusha where I
[3:] saw Alice, I came home
[4:] at noon, Some visitors
[5:] called;~ at 2 P.M:
[6:] I called on my niece Guiseppina
[7:] daughter of Sister Eliza
[8:] & on Sister Eliza, I
[9:] then called to visit the
[10:] Nakib of Basreh Rejeb
[11:] Effendi son of Seyd
[12:] Mahdi Said Effendi
[13:] my old friend, but he
[14:] was not at home, he
[15:] came up in the Ressafah
[16:] & is living in the house
[17:] of H. Mahmood Pachachi
[18:] next door to Sister Eliza’s
[19:] house; Johnny came
[20:] with me, we then called
[21:] on Mons Rouet the

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[1:] french Consul & he
[2:] was not at home left
[3:] our cards; we then called
[4:] on Mr. & Mrs. Livingstone
[5:] & they were not at home
[6:] & we left our cards~
[7:] I came home, found
[8:] Sister Medula & Artin
[9:] there, then came Captain
[10:] & Mr. Cowley & Antone
[11:] Marine & Abduljebbar
[12:] Effendi; weather became
[13:] very cloudy squally &
[14:] dusty, but it passed
[15:] off without rain;
[16:] weather keeps cloudy &
[17:] warm very disagreeable
[18:] & plenty mosquitoes in
[19:] the rooms;~

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1st Mond

May

[1:] Light N. Erly breeze and
[2:] sultry some clouds &
[3:] warm; at 7 ½ AM called
[4:] on Sister Medula then
[5:] came on board, we are
[6:] discharging cargo;

[7:] The Khalifah left yesterday
[8:] morning, Henry had come
[9:] to see me on Saturday
[10:] evening for an hour;
[11:] The S.S. Baghdad also
[12:] left together with the
[13:] Khalifah; I went to the
[14:] office & got some pounds
[15:] Sterling to pay the officers

[16:] The son of Mr. Hall, S. Lynch’s
[17:] clerk about 10 years died
[18:] last night from an
[19:] attack of Typhoid fever

[20:] I came home, had a
[21:] warm bath; in the
[22:] evening Eliza & I went
[23:] over to Sister Medula

Page 113:

[1:] for an hour, we prepared
[2:] to go down in a Goffa
[3:] tomorrow morning to
[4:] visit the Yaghchis who
[5:] are encamped in the
[6:] Garden of Farhat, next
[7:] to Asfar’s & also to
[8:] visit the Tantons, Asfar
[9:] & Regina my niece
[10:] who is living in the
[11:] Garden of Baher;

[12:] Light N.W. & fine

2’ Tuesd.

1899 May

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1899 May

[A49_116_14:081]

[13:] Light N.W. & fine, but
[14:] getting cloudy; at
[15:] 6 ½ am Sister Medula,
[16:] my wife & myself went
[17:] down in the Goffa to
[18:] Farhat’s Garden to
[19:] Yousif Yaghchi his wife
[20:] Louisa, my niece &
[21:] Catherina Sayegh his
[22:] mother~ while there
[23:] the SS. Comet came

Page 114:

[1:] down with a large party
[2:] on board invited by her
[3:] Captain Cooper, to take
[4:] Tea on board; there were
[5:] all the Europeans as well
[6:] as Yousif Asfar & his
[7:] sisters, Antone Marine
[8:] & family, Capt & Mrs. Cowley,
[9:] the Bottomleys etc etc
[10:] The Comet went down
[11:] as far as the Kher and
[12:] came up at about 2
[13:] P.M & went alongside
[14:] the beach below Asfar’s
[15:] Garden & all the party
[16:] landed to Asfar’s Garden
[17:] where they took Tiffin,
[18:] We visited the Tanton’s
[19:] family; their mother
[20:] Medool is ill with leaver
[21:] desease of dropsy;
[22:] we also visited Regina

Page 115:

[1:] my niece; but we breakfasted
[2:] at Yaghchis & spent the
[3:] day the wind got up
[4:] & blew very strong by
[5:] 3 P.M. & clouds of dust
[6:] rising, it blew a regular
[7:] squall & the dust was
[8:] blinding. the donkeys
[9:] came for Medula & Eliza
[10:] but they were afraid of
[11:] the wind & dust & they
[12:] won’t let them go, so
[13:] I left myself & rode in
[14:] the dust was so thick
[15:] that I could not see
[16:] my way I arrived at
[17:] 5,, 40 P.M. in 20 minutes

[18:] Had dinner by myself
[19:] & turned in, the wind
[20:] kept up & gradually fell
[21:] & at 10 ½ it begun
[22:] to rain drizzly for

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[1:] an hour; It then cleared
[2:] up;

3 Wedn.

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1899 May,

[3:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[4:] rather dampy from
[5:] last nights rain;

[6:] At 6 ½ am I went over
[7:] to Abduljebbar Effendi
[8:] & then we rode on horse
[9:] back & went to pay a
[10:] visit to Mahomed Pasha
[11:] the Daghestani the General
[12:] of the Cavallery division
[13:] I saw his wild animals
[14:] 2 lions, 2 wild donkeys,
[15:] a Bear, 2 wild goats &
[16:] a Leopard, at 8 ½ we
[17:] left & I came on board

[18:] The SS. Ressafah left
[19:] this morning~

[20:] At 10 went home,

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[1:] I called on Menusha &
[2:] then on Antone Marine,
[3:] saw his wife, they have
[4:] received a letter from their
[5:] son Gabriel from Fellooja,
[6:] they have had great
[7:] difficulty in crossing the
[8:] Euphrates which has risen
[9:] much & broken the Sudds
[10:] flooded the Country,
[11:] they had to ferry across
[12:] in Shakhtoors and
[13:] all their Kit got wet
[14:] & damaged, Yousif Metchich
[15:] suffered more with his
[16:] goods etc; ~

[17:] Eliza & I both feel unwell,
[18:] we have caught cold
[19:] yesterday out in the
[20:] Garden, my bones etc
[21:] are aching, I had to
[22:] sleep in the room;

[23:] Light N.W. & fine,

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4 Thursd

[1:] Light Erly & fine weather
[2:] at 8 am I came on board
[3:] we are shipping little
[4:] Cargo; The river rose
[5:] about 6 Inches last
[6:] night; at 11 went home
[7:] and returned at 1 ½ P.M.
[8:] Very little cargo coming;

[9:] At 4 P.M. I went on
[10:] Shore called on Sister
[11:] Medula & came home,
[12:] Jhony Artin called,
[13:] on us also Antone Marine,

[14:] I heard the Armenian
[15:] Catholic Patriark
[16:] Azaryan died in Constple,

5 Frid Ther 5.68

[A49_119_13:084]

1899 May

[17:] Light N.W. & fine
[18:] weather;

[19:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[20:] weather; at 7 am I
[21:] called on sister Eliza
[22:] & then came on board
[23:] at 9, no Custum House

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[1:] I went home at 10, I got
[2:] carpenters today to make
[3:] the rest of the railings
[4:] on top of the house;

[5:] At 3 pm called Menusha
[6:] & Sister Medula & came
[7:] home; Mons Rouet the
[8:] french Vice Consul called
[9:] and left his card, as I was
[10:] not at home;

[11:] The Assyrian Bishop
[12:] called in the evening;

[13:] I hear that Anis Pasha
[14:] the dismissed Waly of
[15:] Basreh who came up
[16:] about 15 days ago, has
[17:] gone to Hussein & Meshed
[18:] and is still there; and is
[19:] disgraced, & will not be
[20:] appointed Waly anywhere
[21:] it must be on account
[22:] of the massacre of

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[1:] the Armenians at Dyarbekir
[2:] three years ago, where he
[3:] was then the Waly &
[4:] he took very important
[5:] part in encouraging it,
[6:] & the Powers must have
[7:] pressed their influence on
[8:] the Sultan to have him
[9:] dismissed from his functions

[10:] The Damascus Post
[11:] Arrived at 4 P.M. I only
[12:] received one letter from
[13:] Alois Schweiger Vienna,
[14:] and nothing about my
[15:] son & where he is or
[16:] what has happened to
[17:] him~ his mother & I
[18:] are loosing our senses,
[19:] and do not know what
[20:] to do & how long is
[21:] he going to keep us

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[1:] in this state of mind,

6 Satur therm@ 5.66

1899 May

[2:] Light N.W. breeze and
[3:] fine cool weather;

[4:] At 7 am I came on
[5:] board; There are some
[6:] Jews going down to Azair

[7:] At 11 I went on
[8:] Shore, called to see Yousif
[9:] Korkis in his Khan if
[10:] he has any writing by
[11:] last nights post from
[12:] his brother about my
[13:] sow; he has none, but
[14:] has just received a
[15:] Telegram from him
[16:] dated the 3d Instt; in
[17:] which he says among
[18:] other business off ours;

[19:] "trouvamme pas
[20:] "Svoboda, entendous
[21:] "partit Amerique;

[22:] I went home and

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[1:] breakfasted and came
[2:] on board at 12;

[3:] We have very little Cargo
[4:] Shipped, about 30,000 Okes
[5:] besides 80 Bags of Juss,
[6:] & many Bundles of Hoop
[7:] Iron, one Blacksmith
[8:] from the E. & T. Copy in 2d
[9:] class & 10 Mossulli
[10:] workmen free to Coot
[11:] for the Wool Press of
[12:] S Lynch & Co which the
[13:] Khalifah brought up
[14:] this time from Basreh;

[15:] We finished work at 2,
[16:] P.M. the Jews are crowding
[17:] the ship. Women & boys

[18:] At 5 ½ P.M. I went
[19:] on shore;

[20:] We are very sorry and
[21:] disappointed at Alexander’s
[22:] behavior with us; he
[23:] never writes or let us

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[1:] Know where he is, he
[2:] is showing great savageness
[3:] & ungreatfulness toward
[4:] his father & mother;

[5:] Light N.W. & fine
[6:] Cool weather

7th Sund

[7:] I was up at 3 am,
[8:] & at 3 ½ came on board

Baghdad to Basreh [7 MAY 1899 --- V049_10_S] (//)

May

[A49_124_08:085]

1899 May

[A49_126_16:086]

Passeg Okes G. S. Piast Draft
295 28998 18694 ½ 3,,0

[10:] At 4,,25 Am. We
[11:] proceeded; Ship very light,

[12:] At 6,5 passed Diala,
[13:] river, very nice & Cool
[14:] weather~

[15:] At 7,,19 passed Ctesiphon,
[16:] Gave nickels to the Passengers,

[17:] At 11,,45 passed,
[18:] Baghdadieh~

[19:] At 1,,15 P.M. passed
[20:] Azizieh~

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[1:] We have altogether 251 ½
[2:] passengers (Two in 1st
[3:] Class, they are Americans
[4:] one a young man Mr.
[5:] Fisher a taveller who came
[6:] up in the Khalifah some
[7:] time ago, & the other a
[8:] Mr. Greer belongs
[9:] to the mission who are
[10:] excavating at Nuffar
[11:] under Mr. Heyns, this
[12:] latter has a ticket from
[13:] Mr. Bottomley to charge
[14:] him deck fare & put him
[15:] in a 1st Class he only goes
[16:] to Basreh & back for the
[17:] benefit of his health as he
[18:] was ill in Baghdad)
[19:] We have 87- Jews to
[20:] Azair with R. Tickets &
[21:] 4 besides with free tickets,
[22:] And we have a Blacksmith
[23:] of S Lynch & Co in a

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[1:] 2d C. Cabin & 10 Mossully
[2:] workmen to Coot free
[3:] to work at the wood
[4:] Press ~

[5:] At 5,30 P.M. passed
[6:] Khalifah going up , she
[7:] is full of passengers mostly
[8:] Jews from Azair &
[9:] she is very deep;

[10:] At 5,35 passed Memlah,

[11:] At 9,30 P.M. arrived,
[12:] at Coot landed 57 Packages
[13:] and 40 ½ Passengers, also
[14:] the men for S Lynch’s wool
[15:] Press (10 Tilkeflies & a Blacksmith,
[16:] & the 80 Bags Juss and
[17:] other materials, I received
[18:] Henry’s letter & my Papers,
[19:] The Khalifah had 210,000
[20:] Okes & about 350 passengers
[21:] (74 ½ Returned Jews from
[22:] Azair) We remained at
[23:] Coot for the night;

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[1:] Fine cool night;

8 Mond

[2:] Light N.W. & fine ~
[3:] at 5,,20 am left Coot;
[4:] It became cloudy, ~
[5:] Took 7 Passengers from
[6:] Coot ~

[7:] At 9,40 AM. landed
[8:] 8 packages & 2 passengers
[9:] at Ali Gherbi & took
[10:] one & went on at 10;

[11:] At 11,30 passed the
[12:] S.S. Phrat & Barge going up
[13:] Modte N.W. & fine weather,

[14:] At 5 P.M. arrived at,
[15:] Amara landed 50 passengers
[16:] and 56 Packages ~

[17:] At 6,5 left Amara
[18:] took 26 ½ Passengers ( one
[19:] in 1st Class the Motserrif
[20:] of Amara Anwary Pasha)
[21:] We flew the flag for

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[1:] him without his asking
[2:] for it~

[3:] At 7,20 we passed
[4:] & came to Above Aboo Sedra
[5:] for the night; Very light
[6:] N.W. breeze; The Motserrif
[7:] of Amara dined with

[8:] us at the table;

9th Tuesd. Ther @ 5.73

1899 May

[9:] At 1 AM. the SS. Baghdad
[10:] & Barge passed up ~

[11:] At 4,15 we proceeded
[12:] Very light N.W. air and
[13:] Cloudy all over;

[14:] At 9,15 arrived at Azair,
[15:] landed 97 ½ Jews ( 87 are
[16:] with R. Tickets) also, 4
[17:] free R. Tickets ~ There
[18:] are now nearly 300 Jews
[19:] altogether left; ~

[20:] At 10 we left Azair
[21:] took 9 passengers ~
[22:] Cloudy all over and light
[23:] N.W. breeze

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[1:] At 0,,40 P.M. landed
[2:] one passenger at Gorna
[3:] and went on at 9,,45

[4:] Cloudy all over & light

[5:] N.W. breeze;

[6:] At 5,,10 P.M. arrived
[7:] at Basreh, The SS. Muristan
[8:] for Asfar is only here,
[9:] There is no mail boat in
[10:] quarantine she is due
[11:] tomorrow but no news of
[12:] her from Bushire;

[13:] All the Cabins are already
[14:] engaged, & others want to
[15:] have but we have none,

[16:] I did not go to Rufail,
[17:] We coaled ship at night
[18:] discharged & took some
[19:] cargo till midnight,

[20:] Light N.W. & cool weather
[21:] but Cloudy, I am sleeping
[22:] in my Cabin & have
[23:] my windsel put up

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[1:] this time in Baghdad, it
[2:] is cooling my cabin a
[3:] little;

10 Wedn Therm @ 5.74

1899 May

[A49_130_16:087]

[4:] N.W. breeze & Cloudy
[5:] all over with a mist,
[6:] but the weather is cool,

[7:] The SS. Muristan for
[8:] Asfar & Co left at 10,45
[9:] AM ~ The Arabistan
[10:] has left yesterday form
[11:] here ~

[12:] Rezooki Sayegh came
[13:] to me & he took me to their
[14:] place at 1 P.M. I saw
[15:] Rufail also Yousif Marine
[16:] had come down from
[17:] Shaebyeh whom I had
[18:] not seen for the last 3
[19:] months; he went up to
[20:] his house at 5 P.M. ~ I
[21:] took Rezooki & went to
[22:] call on Asfar, saw
[23:] Jeboory & his wife, also
[24:] there were Nassoory
[25:] Andria & his wife

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[1:] We returned at 6, where
[2:] I dined & slept outside
[3:] the room; a light N.W.
[4:] breeze but is still very
[5:] Cloudy & misty like
[6:] fog on the river;

11 Thursd

1899 May

[A49_132_11:088]

[A49_132_13:089]

[A49_133_16:090]

[7:] Light N.W. & Cloudy
[8:] partly ~ at 6 ½ am
[9:] I came on board, also
[10:] Rezooki came with me,

[11:] We have loaded the
[12:] Ship & are ready, but
[13:] the mail Str. has not
[14:] arrived yet;

[15:] There is a New Order came
[16:] from the Turkish Government
[17:] to levy a tax of 10 ½ G. S. P.
[18:] per annum on all the
[19:] Crew of our Steamers
[20:] of Turkish Nationality
[21:] serving afloat, and
[22:] the Harbour master

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[1:] Came on board, I gave
[2:] him the names of the
[3:] Crew 40 in no., which
[4:] his Clerk wrote down
[5:] & he begun collecting;

[6:] Lynch Brothers wrote to
[7:] the Captain on the Subject
[8:] & asked him to assist them
[9:] in the matter;

[10:] At 3 ½ P.M. the SS. Ressafah
[11:] left for Baghdad ~

[12:] We have great confusion
[13:] & crowds of people coming
[14:] to see the Cabin & other
[15:] passengers off; The
[16:] Motserrif of Amara also
[17:] came to go back;

[18:] The mail Str. Simla
[19:] Arrived to the quarantine
[20:] at 6 P.M. ~ We sent for
[21:] the mails; as Mr. Wratislaw
[22:] the English Consul is
[23:] also going up with us

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[1:] We are not to leave before
[2:] 8 P.M.; Weather very calm
[3:] & warm, there is no place
[4:] aft, we have Dr. Macri
[5:] his wife & son, his wife
[6:] has a 1st C. Cabin and
[7:] themselves are on the
[8:] upper skylight deck
[9:] the wife & mother of
[10:] Kassim Khdery and
[11:] Izzet Bey the Aide de
[12:] Camp of Kadem Pasha
[13:] with a female on the
[14:] upper skylight deck
[15:] and a confusion aft
[16:] of no head or tale &
[17:] no one seems to care
[18:] how to put in order every
[19:] one to his post; Cowley
[20:] does not interfere &
[21:] lets them do what

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[1:] they like;

[2:] We received the mail at
[3:] 7 ½ ;

Basreh to Baghdad [11 MAY 1899 --- V049_11_N] (//)

Passg Okes G. S. P. Local Draft
284 239,324 19,884 ¼ 5,,

[5:] At 8,50 P.M. We
[6:] proceeded, very Calm &
[7:] warm weather; It
[8:] is very warm in the Cabin
[9:] I could not sleep;

12 Frid

1899 May

[A49_134_12:091]

[A49_134_15:092]

1899 May

[10:] Very light westerly breeze &
[11:] warm ~ At 5 AM we
[12:] passed Gorna going very
[13:] slow; ~ We passed the
[14:] Ressafah going up at
[15:] Sweb at 4 AM;

[16:] Finished with the Passeng
[17:] tickets we have in all
[18:] 184 (4 in 1st Class, Mr.
[19:] A.C. Wratislaw the English
[20:] Consul of Basreh & his Servt
[21:] free Retn. Ticket,

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[1:] Madm. Dr. Macri, and 2
[2:] women wife & her sister
[3:] of Kassim Khdery, &
[4:] 2 Christians in 2nd Class
[5:] Dr. Macri & his son are
[6:] on the after deck and
[7:] paying 1 ½ deck fare,
[8:] also Izzet Beg & a
[9:] woman with him on
[10:] the after deck @ 1 ½ fare,
[11:] and the Motserrif of
[12:] Amara Ahmed Anwary
[13:] Pasha & 4 servants
[14:] on the after deck paying
[15:] deck passage; also
[16:] Mr. Greer the American
[17:] who came down with
[18:] us is in the Saloon &
[19:] quarter deck he having
[20:] paid as deck but
[21:] allowed to occupy a

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[1:] Cabin; It was arranged
[2:] the day before by Capt.
[3:] Cowley that Mr. Wratislaw
[4:] & Mr. Greer were to occupy
[5:] the double Cabin; but
[6:] last night he got their
[7:] kit turned out & put
[8:] Kassim Khdery’s women
[9:] in it; & they are always
[10:] out on the quarter deck
[11:] under curtains rigged
[12:] up for them;

[13:] At 10 AM arrived at
[14:] Azair landed 34 ½ Jews
[15:] from Basreh;

[16:] At 10,30 left Azair, very
[17:] Calm & warm weather,
[18:] no clouds at all;

[19:] We took 54 ½ Jews from
[20:] Azair (46 ½ with Retrn.
[21:] Tickets 28 of Mejidieh and
[22:] 18 ½ of Khalifah ~

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[1:] At 3,,50 P.M. landed 8
[2:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[3:] & took one & went on,
[4:] at 3,,55 ~ Breeze shifted
[5:] to S.W. S Calm ~

[6:] At 10 P.M. arrived
[7:] at Amara landed 43 ½
[8:] Passengers & 20 Bales of
[9:] P. Goods; Took 8 Tons
[10:] of Coal; I had to leave
[11:] Henry’s letter & papers here
[12:] as I heard that the Khalifah
[13:] was to leave today on
[14:] account of taking Jews
[15:] down to Azair to get
[16:] down in time for their
[17:] Holy day falling on
[18:] Monday next;

[19:] At 12 We left Amara,
[20:] weather got cooler and
[21:] bearable in Cabin

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13 Satur

[1:] Light S. Wester with
[2:] some clouds; ~ Gave
[3:] tickets to 20 Amara
[4:] passengers (H. Abdulrezak
[5:] Khdery in 1st class free
[6:] returning)

[7:] Wind shifted to N. W.
[8:] at about 1 P. M;

[9:] At 2,,20 P. M. landed
[10:] 11/2 passenger at Ali
[11:] Gherbi & went on at
[12:] 2,,30 took one passenger

[13:] Weather very warm
[14:] Light S. Ely breeze ~

14 Sund

1899

May

[A49_139_04:093]

1899

May

[15:] Light S. Ely & very warm
[16:] I could not sleep last
[17:] night from the mosquitoes
[18:] got into my cabin and
[19:] the excessive heat, I
[20:] had to rig up a Curtain
[21:] at 12 but the heat is
[22:] unbearable;

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[1:] At 3,,50 AM. arrived
[2:] At Coot, landed 15 Bales
[3:] of P. Goods & 91/2 passengers
[4:] Took 5 Tons of Coal

[5:] At 6,,5 AM left Coot,
[6:] took 221/2 Passengers,
[7:] also one with Return Ticket a
[8:] Jew from Azair having come
[9:] up & landed from the Khalifah
[10:] but the Captain let him off,

[11:] At 2,,15 P.M. passed
[12:] Memlah; ~

[13:] At about 3 a moderate
[14:] warm & dry n.w. wind
[15:] blowing sent the temperature
[16:] up to 98˚~

[17:] At 4,,14 touched a shoal
[18:] at Sheresh & worked with
[19:] the Engines, she wont move
[20:] & so had to take out an
[21:] anchor ahead & heave
[22:] her off; At 5 proceeded

[23:] At 5,,30 passed the Khalifah
[24:] bound down ~

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[1:] toward sunset it became
[2:] Very Calm & warm ~

[3:] At 8,,45 we picked on board
[4:] Monsr. Chavenise a Civil
[5:] french Engineer in the Turkish
[6:] employ Shedeif, he had
[7:] started from Baghdad about
[8:] 4 days ago by the desert
[9:] across Diala to trace the
[10:] old Naherwan Canal &
[11:] to dig it out so as to get
[12:] the water of the Tigris run
[13:] into it during the high
[14:] rise from somewhere near
[15:] Imam Durr near Samarra
[16:] & continue it down until
[17:] it debauches itself again
[18:] into the Tigris at Debooni,
[19:] M. Chavenise having
[20:] got ill & could not stand
[21:] the heat had to come
[22:] on board to go back to
[23:] Baghdad & left Rezooki
[24:] the son of Eassayi also
[25:] a Civil Engineer in the

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[1:] Governt Service to continue
[2:] the work, he stopped
[3:] up on the after deck &
[4:] paid deck fare of 2 Mejidees

15 Mon

[A49_141_19:094]

1899

May

[A49_142_15:095]

[5:] At 0,,40 am we passed
[6:] Azizieh~ Light S. Ely
[7:] and calm warm weather,

[8:] At 5 am passed
[9:] Baghdadieh Fort;

[10:] Wind is Easterly & modte
[11:] Clouds are hanging about
[12:] loaded with heat; the
[13:] Thermtr. was 96˚ at noon;

[14:] At 3,,15 P.M. passed Ctesiphon
[15:] Very calm & warm day;

[16:] Detained at Jaffar in
[17:] shoal water from 5,,20
[18:] till 6 P.M. ~ The river
[19:] is falling fast, ~

[20:] At 6,,25 passed Diala
[21:] river, very calm & clouds
[22:] on the four quarters of

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[1:] the horyzon ~

[2:] At 7,,45 we passed the
[3:] Bridge of Gherrara opened
[4:] for us; very warm and
[5:] Calm weather; we are
[6:] going awfully slow~

[7:] At 10,,45 P.M. landed the
[8:] mails at the Residency
[9:] also Mr. Wratislaw the
[10:] Consul & we went up to
[11:] the Custum House, the
[12:] SS. Phrat of Baghdad are
[13:] here ~ I went home found
[14:] Eliza on top of the house
[15:] She went up to sleep about
[16:] four days ago, it has
[17:] been very warm all
[18:] the time;

[19:] I found no letters for me
[20:] or news from Alexander
[21:] whatever, not even Rezooki
[22:] Korkis has written, any
[23:] thing to his brother;

[24:] A strong Wind is blowing

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[1:] and became Cloudy all
[2:] over; I could not sleep
[3:] all the night well;

16 Tuesd

[A49_143_12:096]

[4:] Modte N. W. Wind &
[5:] Cloudy very disagreable
[6:] weather ~ at 8 am
[7:] I came on board; ~
[8:] The SS. Baghdad & Barge
[9:] left at 4 AM; we are
[10:] alongside the Custum
[11:] House; ~ I sent money to the
[12:] Office & came home at 10~
[13:] I had a warm bath; Johny
[14:] & Artin came in the evening,
[15:] Artin is going to get married
[16:] he has asked the hand
[17:] of the daughter of Dr. Cazassian
[18:] an Armenian doctor in
[19:] the Turkish Military Service,
[20:] he will be betrothed next
[21:] Tuesday the 23d~

[22:] Light N. W. & fine Cool
[23:] night on top of the house

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17 Wedn.

1899

May

[A49_145_03:097]

New Wali of Baghdad Namik Pasha arrived

[1:] Light breeze but variable
[2:] & sultry some clouds~
[3:] at 7 am I called on Sister
[4:] Eliza, & then called on the
[5:] Nakib of Basreh Seyd
[6:] Rejeb Effendi's son Seyd Mahd;
[7:] Said living next door of
[8:] Sister Eliza’s house, took
[9:] Artin with me, we then
[10:] called on Monseigneur
[11:] Altmayer; On the 15 of this
[12:] month he had a jubilee of
[13:] his 25th anniversary since
[14:] he came to Turkey from
[15:] France, the French Sisters
[16:] gave a representation a
[17:] play of Esther & Aheshwerosh
[18:] & invited all the Europeans
[19:] & foreign Consuls, also
[20:] my wife & myself, but my
[21:] wife went as I was absent;
[22:] Some people have sent him
[23:] some token of Souvenirs,
[24:] as my sisters Eliza & Medula

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[1:] Alice, Asfars, Antone
[2:] Marine, Mina Abood
[3:] & Chiha etc; ~

[4:] The dismissed Waly of
[5:] Basreh Enis Pasha has
[6:] left Baghdad by Deir, &
[7:] Aleppo road about Six
[8:] days ago, on the 11th.

[9:] The new Waly for Baghdad
[10:] will arrive tomorrow a
[11:] man named Namik Pasha
[12:] & the old Waly Atta
[13:] Allah Pasha will start on
[14:] Saturday, by way of Deir
[15:] & Aleppo ~

[16:] Eliza & I called on Sister Medula
[17:] at 2 P.M & came home,
[18:] a very hard squall came
[19:] on with thick dust it became
[20:] dark & the dust falling everywhere,
[21:] it lasted about an hour

[22:] Antone Marine & Shekoory
[23:] Sayegh called in the

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[1:] evening; Antone has received
[2:] a telegram from his son
[3:] Gabriel (Joory) from Deir
[4:] dated Saturday last they
[5:] arrived there safe;

[6:] Modte & cool N. W. breeze,

18’ Thursd.

1899

May

[A49_146_12:098]

[A49_147_04:099]

1899

May

[7:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[8:] morning; it was very cool last night &
[9:] cool last night;
[10:] At 7 am I came on board,
[11:] We are discharging~

[12:] The Phrat left at 4 am
[13:] up to Kadumein to bring
[14:] down the new Waly
[15:] Namik Pasha; on board

[16:] At 9,,15 the Phrat came
[17:] down with the new Wali
[18:] Namik Pasha on board
[19:] & a great many people
[20:] who had gone out to meet
[21:] him a salute was
[22:] fired & troops & Band played
[23:] he landed at the Serai;

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[1:] I sent three letters to the Post
[2:] today via Damascus, one
[3:] the Direction of Handle’s museum
[4:] Vienna one to Alois Scheiwger
[5:] Vienna, & one to Edward
[6:] Blockey London the latter
[7:] all about Alexander to
[8:] look out for him & as we
[9:] heard he had gone to America,

[10:] I went to breakfast at 11

[11:] I called on Père Pièrre and
[12:] paid him 20 TLiras more
[13:] part of my debt to him
[14:] which he had advanced
[15:] Alexander- making 40
[16:] TLiras I have paid him
[17:] equal to 920 frcs there still
[18:] remained 430 frcs to pay,

[19:] At 2 P.M. I came on
[20:] board we are shipping Some
[21:] cargo;

[22:] I received a card of
[23:] invitation from Coll. Loch
[24:] for my wife & myself for
[25:] the Queen’s birthday on

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[1:] Wednesday next, at 91/2
[2:] P.M. as a presentation
[3:] visit, he gives a dinner
[4:] to the English leading
[5:] Community & their wives
[6:] at 8 P. M. about 20 persons,
[7:] & then the others who are
[8:] invited at 91/2 are to come
[9:] & spend the night; about
[10:] 50 persons including all
[11:] the consuls, the french
[12:] Assyrian & Chaldean
[13:] Patriarchs & Bishops &
[14:] other people; Antone Marine
[15:] & his wife are invited to
[16:] dinner, as well as the
[17:] Bottomleys’, Livingstones,
[18:] & many others ~

[19:] At 5 P.M. I went home
[20:] called on Antone Marine
[21:] & learned from him the
[22:] above news about the
[23:] invitation, but only

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[1:] my wife will go, I shall
[2:] be absent, Henry and
[3:] his wife are also invited,
[4:] Monseigneur Altmayer or
[5:] came at Antones, he is
[6:] also invited ~ at 6
[7:] I came home~

[8:] Light N. W. & fine cool
[9:] weather~

19’ Frid

[10:] Light N. Ely & fine
[11:] cool morning, at 7 Am
[12:] I came on board;
[13:] at 8 went home found there
[14:] Monsgr. Altmayer calling
[15:] on us~ I went then to
[16:] see Eliza & Adoola my cousins,
[17:] there came Mr. Guilietti &
[18:] his son Antoine & we
[19:] went to Sister Medula,
[20:] I came home, Père Pièrre
[21:] called on us; ~ at 4 P.M
[22:] called on the Bishop
[23:] Agnatios ~

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[1:] The Damascus Post
[2:] arrived today, I received
[3:] no letters at all;

[4:] In the evening Sister
[5:] Medula & Antonin Guilietti,
[6:] called also Artin my nephew
[7:] and Père Emmanuel
[8:] on top of the house; they
[9:] left at 8~

[10:] Light N. W & fine Cool
[11:] Weather ~

20 Sat

1899

May

Atta Allah Pasha Waly

of Baghdad left

1899

May

[12:] Light N. Ely & fine Cool
[13:] Weather ~ at 7 am
[14:] I came on board; ~

[15:] The SS. Ressafah & Barge
[16:] arrived last night at 7 P.M.~
[17:] P.M.~

[18:] Today the Shias are
[19:] mourning the 10th of Moharrem
[20:] at Kdumein & the other
[21:] shrines, the shops are
[22:] all closed, & also the
[23:] Jews being Saturday

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[1:] so that very few shops
[2:] are opened & few people
[3:] are seen in the bazaars,

[4:] Colonel Loch went yesterday
[5:] & took Alfred Holland
[6:] to Kadumein to take
[7:] Photographic views of the
[8:] processions of mourners
[9:] in the open spaces out of town
[10:] of town;

[11:] At 11 I went to breakfast
[12:] & returned at 121/2;

[13:] The SS. Phrat hauled up
[14:] alongside the Turkish Adara
[15:] and there the Old Waly of
[16:] Baghdad Atta Allah
[17:] Pasha came on board
[18:] a guard & the Band played
[19:] and all the military &
[20:] Civil dignitaries were
[21:] on board to receive him
[22:] & bade him farewell,
[23:] they accompanied him

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[1:] in the steamer up to Kadumein
[2:] as well as the New Waly
[3:] Namik Pasha, that
[4:] Mushir Ahmed Fezi
[5:] Pasha, Kadim Pasha etc.
[6:] The Phrat started @ 1 1/2
[7:] P.M & passed through the
[8:] Bridge~

[9:] We shipped a good
[10:] deal of Cargo over 5,000
[11:] Okes mostly all local,

[12:] At 6 P.M. I went home,
[13:] Eliza suffers the stomach
[14:] ache & myself too; it is
[15:] from the sorrow about
[16:] Alexander not knowing
[17:] where he is ~

[18:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[19:] weather; moonlight
[20:] night 11 days old,

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[1:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[2:] weather~

21 Sun

[3:] At 3 1/2 AM I came on
[4:] board the Mejidieh;

Baghdad to Basreh [21 MAY 1899 --- V049_12_S] (//)

[A49_153_01:100]

[A49_153_05:101]

1899

May

Pass9 Okes G.S.Piast Draft
177 116,171 16,109 ¼ 3,,10

[6:] At 4,,20 AM we proceeded
[7:] S. Ely breeze but fine;
[8:] River Keeps falling a little,

[9:] At 6,,10 passed Diala
[10:] river~

[11:] At 7,,15 passed Ctesiphon,
[12:] At 8,,15 passed the SS. Khalifah
[13:] going up at Semreh reach,
[14:] she is full of the Return
[15:] Jews from Azair, Yacoob
[16:] Eassayi & Mr. Mackey
[17:] of Strick & Co, are on board

[18:] We have altogether 144 1/2
[19:] Passengers (one woman the
[20:] wife of Hussein Omery Effendi
[21:] of Basreh) and Vartan

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[1:] Lynch’s clerk to Coot to the
[2:] wool Press free in 2nd Class,
[3:] Monsr. Chavenise is returning
[4:] with us to Swera he is
[5:] on the After deck paying
[6:] double Coot passage P. 52 1/2
[7:] he is going to join his Caravan
[8:] at Rwebyeh where Rezooki
[9:] Eassayi is waiting for
[10:] him to make Charts of
[11:] the Naherwan Canal.

[12:] At 10,,45 landed Monsr.
[13:] Chavenise at Mahomed
[14:] Pasha’s property at Rwebyeh
[15:] and went on at 10,,55;

[16:] S. Ely wind but fine;

[17:] At 12,,0 passed Baghdadieh
[18:] Fort~

[19:] At 1,,45 P.M. passed
[20:] Azizieh Village; the wind
[21:] is blowing hot;

[22:] At 6,,10 passed Memlah

[23:] At 10,,10 P.m arrived at

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[1:] Coot landed 42 1/2 Passengers
[2:] and 8 packages;~
[3:] received Henry’s letter &
[4:] Papers~ The Khalifah
[5:] had 206,500 Okes; and
[6:] nearly 400 passengers in
[7:] all (229 Jews from Azair
[8:] with Ret Tickets 133 1/2 of the
[9:] Mejidieh & 95 1/2 of the Khalifah)

[10:] We hauled out and
[11:] remained for the night;

22 Mond Therm @ 5.76

Ghadban Sheikh of Beni Laam

1899

May

[A49_156_04:102]

[12:] Light N. Ely & fine~
[13:] At 3,,10 AM left Coot,
[14:] Took 8 Passengers;

[15:] At 7 passed Sheikh
[16:] Saad;

[17:] At 9,, 45 landed 2 passengers
[18:] at Ali Gherbi & took 3
[19:] & went on at 11~

[20:] At 5,,5 P.m. arrived at
[21:] Amara landed 30 1/2

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[1:] Passengers & 30 Packages,

[2:] At 6 left Amara took
[3:] 17 Passengers~

[4:] Ghadban the young Sheikh
[5:] of the Beni Laam the son
[6:] of Booneyeh the son of
[7:] Mezban, encamped in the
[8:] vicinity of Ali Gherbi, would
[9:] not cease from his depredation,
[10:] plunder & infatuation,

[11:] He a few days ago, plundered
[12:] a large caravan coming
[13:] from the Hills of Lohristan
[14:] toward Ali Gherbi with
[15:] Goods & mostly ghee from
[16:] the Koordish hills belonging
[17:] to the traders of Ali Gherbi
[18:] to the Value of 30,000 Kerans,

[19:] The Motserrif of Amara
[20:] went up to him in a
[21:] Belem but they say he
[22:] denyed of having done
[23:] so or caused his

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[1:] Arabs to plunder & so
[2:] the Motserrif returned, I
[3:] dare say having obtained
[4:] his share from Ghadban
[5:] of a few hundreds of
[6:] Liras, & the merchants
[7:] are left to their fate &
[8:] loose their goods in that
[9:] caravan they say which
[10:] composed of 250 mule
[11:] load;

[12:] At 8,,55 P.M. anchored
[13:] above Kalat Saleh; weather
[14:] very calm, & light S. Erly,
[15:] it is very warm in the
[16:] cabin, I could not sleep
[17:] for some hours~

23 Tuesd

[A49_157_05:103]

1899 May

[A49_158_08:104]

[18:] Very light air & warm,
[19:] at 4,,15 Am proceeded;
[20:] at 6 anchored at the Elbow
[21:] about 15 Danags in the
[22:] bite[?], had to await until
[23:] all came further up,

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[1:] and at 6,,45 proceeded,

[2:] At 8 am passed Azair,
[3:] The Troops about 60 soldiers
[4:] are still here encamped
[5:] as well some further up &
[6:] below at Surreyfeh;
[7:] The Zaptyeh guards are
[8:] dispensed off from accompanying
[9:] our steamers to Amara
[10:] since last trip up;
[11:] S. Erly breeze & warm
[12:] muggy weather;

[13:] At 9,,45 passed the S.S.
[14:] Baghdad & Barge going up
[15:] at Zechyeh reach;

[16:] At 10,,50 landed 3 Passeng
[17:] at Gorna & went on at 10,,55,

[18:] Light n.w. & cooler
[19:] a little~

[20:] At 3,,10 P.M. arrived at
[21:] Basreh; [strikethrough] The
[22:] S.S. Turkistan of Strick & Co.
[23:] in quarantine arrived

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[1:] on the 17th Instt, having
[2:] left about 2 days ago for
[3:] Kurachi to load there,
[4:] and there is only the S.S.
[5:] Alagonia for Gray Mackenzie
[6:] & Co~ There is no news
[7:] of the Mail Boat~
[8:] Rezooki Sayegh came to
[9:] me (he is in charge of the
[10:] Consulate during Mr.
[11:] Wratislaw’s absence in
[12:] Baghdad; I went up with
[13:] him to Rufail, where I
[14:] dined, and in turning to
[15:] sleep outside a very strong
[16:] N.W. wind began to blow
[17:] & shook my curtain &
[18:] had to change place to
[19:] near the wall but still
[20:] it blew very strong and
[21:] could not Sleep at all
[22:] till day break~

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24th Wedn

1899 May

[1:] Modte N.W. & fine;
[2:] I slept about ¼ of an
[3:] hour at sunrise & so
[4:] feel very weak for want of
[5:] sleep;

[6:] Today is the Queen
[7:] Victoria of England’s
[8:] Birthday; there is no reception
[9:] at the Consulate as
[10:] Mr. Wratislaw is absent;
[11:] The Queen is just 80 years
[12:] old~

[13:] At 7 am I left with Rezooki
[14:] & I came on board~

[15:] We are discharging and
[16:] shipping cargo~

[17:] The SS. Phrat & Barge
[18:] arrived at about 4 ½
[19:] am this morning,
[20:] she brought troops from
[21:] Baghdad~

[22:] At 11 Rufail came down
[23:] to me & I went with him
[24:] into Basreh, we called
[25:] on Angoorly and

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[1:] saw Tookyeh, also on
[2:] Nassoory Andrea
[3:] saw his wife, been to the
[4:] shop of Angoorly, and
[5:] to the Ottoman Bank
[6:] & inspected the 1000 empty
[7:] cases for dates sent out
[8:] by Allois Schweiger of
[9:] Vienna they are dirty &
[10:] some damaged, broken
[11:] & short etc; Came to
[12:] Tookyeh had tea & left
[13:] at 3 ½ Came on board;

[14:] At 5 P.M. Rufail & I went
[15:] up to Shaebyeh to Yousif
[16:] Marine, he wrote to me to
[17:] come & pass the night, but
[18:] I feel so weak & unwell,
[19:] We got there in one hour,
[20:] & spent the evening dined
[21:] & slept with Yousif, I
[22:] slept in a room with all
[23:] the windows open, there

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[1:] was a fresh N.W. wind
[2:] blowing, but at about
[3:] midnight the wind fell,
[4:] there are plenty of mosquitoes
[5:] it is impossible to sleep
[6:] without a curtain;~

25 Thursd

1899 May

[7:] Light westly breeze &
[8:] fine; We took our tea at
[9:] Yousif & left at 6 am,
[10:] at 6 ½ dropped Rufail
[11:] at his house & I came
[12:] down to the Mejidieh;
[13:] We are loading deep

[14:] At 5 P.M. the mail
[15:] steamer Khandalla
[16:] arrived; at 6 the SS
[17:] Malamir arrived from
[18:] the Karoon to the Quarantine
[19:] We sent the Mail & specie,
[20:] Rezooki Sayegh came
[21:] to me also Nassoory Andrea,

[22:] Wind fell toward
[23:] sunset;~

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Basreh to Baghdad [25 MAY 1899 --- V049_13_N] (//)

Passng Okes G.S. Piast Draft
236 ½ 261,266,, [N/A] 5,,1

[2:] We received the mails,
[3:] and at 7,,30 P.M. proceeded
[4:] Light N.W. air & fine,
[5:] moon rose at 7,,15 P.M;
[6:] I slept in the Cabin, it is not
[7:] so warm, it became cooler
[8:] later at night;

26 Frid Th@ 5,,80

[A49_163_01:105]

[A49_163_16:106]

[9:] Light N.W. & fine Weather

[10:] At 4 Am. landed 3 Passng.
[11:] at Gorna & took one~

[12:] At 9,,25 stopped at Azair
[13:] & took 2 Jewesses (2 halves
[14:] one girl & 1 Boy With Return
[15:] ticket) Went on at 9,,30

[16:] We have 131 ½ Passengers
[17:] from Basreh (5 in 1st Class
[18:] the Wife of Tanton Elias Eassa
[19:] his son & Wife’s sister in
[20:] one Cabin; a Jewess &
[21:] a Mahomedan Abdulhamid
[22:] Effendi, & one in

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[1:] 2nd Class the Chaldean
[2:] Priest Kass Joobrayil)

[3:] At 2,,45 P.M. the S.S.
[4:] Ressafah & Barge passed
[5:] down at Nafikh, detained
[6:] 10 minutes for her~

[7:] At 3,,30 landed 9 Passeng
[8:] at Kalat Saleh & went
[9:] on at 3,,35~
[10:] Modte N.W. & fine;

[11:] At 9,,30 P.M. arrived
[12:] at Amara landed 21 ½
[13:] Passengers and 6 Packges
[14:] of through Bombay Cargo;
[15:] Took 8 Tons of Coal;

[16:] At 11,,15 left Amara,
[17:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[18:] Weather;

27 Satur Ther @ 5. 73

1899 May

[A49_164_10:107]

[19:] Light N.W. & fine Cool
[20:] Weather; Gave tickets to
[21:] 71 Amara passengers;
[22:] (one in 1st Class Mr. Rigo
[23:] Inspector of Public Debt)

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[1:] and the Bimbashi of the
[2:] Senyeh property, on the
[3:] after part of the upper
[4:] deck, paying 1 ½ deck passage,

[5:] At 7,,20 Am passed
[6:] Ali Sherghi grove;~

[7:] At 2,,5 P.M. landed
[8:] 6 ½ passengers at Ali Gherbi
[9:] & took 2 & went on at
[10:] 2,,10~ Ghadban the
[11:] Sheikh of Beni Laam is
[12:] here I saw him on the
[13:] bank & he saluted me,
[14:] Abdulkadur Khdery was
[15:] sent up here from Amara
[16:] to talk & persuade him
[17:] to return the plunder
[18:] of the Caravan which
[19:] I mentioned here on the 22d
[20:] also the Taboor Aghassi,
[21:] but Ghadban is denying
[22:] having done it, sometimes

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[1:] he promises to pay for
[2:] the loss, etc, but the Taboor
[3:] Aghassi is thretening him
[4:] that he will meet a
[5:] forced demand etc;

[6:] At 8,,5 P.M. landed
[7:] 3 passengers at Sheikh
[8:] Saad booked for Coot
[9:] & went on, Modte
[10:] N.W. & fine Weather;

28 Sund Ther @ 5. 75

1899 May

[A49_166_10:108]

[A49_166_21:109]

[A49_167_07:110]

[11:] Light N.W. & fine Cool
[12:] Weather~

[13:] At 4,,15 Am arrived
[14:] at Coot, landed 25 Passeng
[15:] Took 4 Tons Coal; left
[16:] Henry’s letter & papers at
[17:] Coot;

[18:] At 5,,40 left Coot,
[19:] took 27 Passengers~
[20:] also Polus of Lynch’s Wool
[21:] Press in the 2nd Class Cabin
[22:] free;

[23:] The N. Westerly
[24:] or Shemal, wind has sat

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[1:] in since the 25th Instt,
[2:] and has cleared the atmosphere
[3:] & made the weather
[4:] Cool, especially at night,

[5:] At 2,,30 P.M. passed
[6:] Memlah~

[7:] At 5,,35 met the Khalifah
[8:] coming down at Deboony
[9:] reach, we sent the letters
[10:] of Mr. Wratislaw the
[11:] English Consul of Basreh
[12:] being on board returning
[13:] I received a letter from
[14:] Henry, they left this
[15:] morning at 4 ¼ Am
[16:] having 64,000 Okes &
[17:] 236 ½ Passengers & 17
[18:] Workmen for the Wool
[19:] Press of Lynch at Amara
[20:] free besides~

[21:] Artin Kasperkhan my
[22:] Nephew was engaged
[23:] & betrothed on Tuesday

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[1:] last the 23rd Instt with
[2:] Sirpohy the daughter of
[3:] Dr. Cazassian in the Turkish
[4:] army; no news of
[5:] Alexander, but that
[6:] Alice has received a
[7:] letter from Edward Blockey
[8:] from London, saying
[9:] that he could not find
[10:] him in Paris & was told
[11:] that he had gone to London,
[12:] and at this place he
[13:] was told by Rezooki
[14:] Korkis that he had
[15:] heard that Alexander
[16:] had gone to America
[17:] with the girl;

[18:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[19:] Weather~

29 Mond Ther @ 4. 74

1899 May

[A49_169_04:111]

1899 May

[A49_171_13:112]

[A49_171_19:113]

[20:] Light N.W. & fine
[21:] Cool weather

[22:] At 0,,45 Am passed
[23:] [strikethrough];
[24:] Azizieh Village

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[1:] At 4,,50 passed
[2:] Baghdadieh Fort;

[3:] I paid the Ship’s crew
[4:] their wages for this month,

[5:] At 3,,10 P.M. passed
[6:] Ctesiphon~ Light N.W.
[7:] breeze, ship going very Slow;

[8:] At 6,, passed Diala river,
[9:] At 7,,20 passed through
[10:] the Bridge of Gherrara,

[11:] At 10,,15 P.M
[12:] landed the mails at
[13:] the Residency & went
[14:] up to the Custum House
[15:] the S.S. Baghdad is here
[16:] arrived today at noon~

[17:] I went home, saw Eliza
[18:] she related to me a very
[19:] sad news which befell
[20:] to Artin my nephew

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[1:] after his betrothal~

[2:] They had a servant [strikethrough]
[3:] Tilkefly girl about 16
[4:] years old called Zekky
[5:] employed at Johny to look
[6:] after his little daughter
[7:] & having left the service
[8:] about 2 months ago;
[9:] she has brought a complaint
[10:] a few days ago against
[11:] Artin for having violated
[12:] her on promising that
[13:] he will marry her and
[14:] so she gave herself to him,
[15:] & she aborted some time
[16:] ago, now she claims him
[17:] as her husband and
[18:] being instigated by other
[19:] women of bad repute to
[20:] insist on & claim her
[21:] right through the Turkish
[22:] Government; and

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[1:] so she went to the Serai
[2:] accompanied by a woman
[3:] called Eliza bint Abdulmadi
[4:] a bad woman, & there
[5:] she cryed out & in the most
[6:] courageous manner &
[7:] face she complained of
[8:] Artin having outraged
[9:] her etc; and so Artin
[10:] was sent for and put in
[11:] prison without being
[12:] questioned or tryed, a
[13:] thing against the rule
[14:] Abduljebbar the Lawyer
[15:] tryed very much to let
[16:] him out until his case
[17:] will be investigated, but
[18:] they wont allow it;
[19:] I have not learnt the
[20:] affair yet how it

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[1:] occurred , as Eliza
[2:] cannot understand it
[3:] herself yet; I could
[4:] not sleep at all till
[5:] the morning from the
[6:] sorrow on account of
[7:] Artin;

30 Tuesd

1899

[A49_172_06:114]

[A49_173_03:115]

1899 May

[A49_174_18:116]

[A49_175_12:117]

[8:] Light N.W. & fine; I went
[9:] downstairs & found the
[10:] two letters one from
[11:] Tom Blockey dated 4 May
[12:] in answer to mine, he
[13:] tells me that he hears that
[14:] Alexander has gone to
[15:] America with his girl
[16:] & his son Edward arrived
[17:] on the 19 of April from
[18:] Baghdad via Bombay
[19:] & Trieste; The next letter
[20:] I opened & found it from
[21:] Rezooki Metchich
[22:] from London, & enclosed
[23:] in it an open letter

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[1:] sheet of few words written
[2:] by Alexander from
[3:] Chicago dated the 15
[4:] of April with his Card
[5:] in it printed as Traveller
[6:] Explorer, & reporter to
[7:] many news papers and
[8:] magazines, he writes on
[9:] it as being a Member
[10:] of the Geographical
[11:] Society; Rezooki
[12:] Metchich Writes to me
[13:] to say that he received
[14:] this from Alexander
[15:] to be sent to me but does
[16:] not know his address
[17:] as he is not fixed in
[18:] one place;

[19:] Eliza & I went over to
[20:] Sister Eliza, many
[21:] people came there to

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[1:] see what to be done about
[2:] Artin’s imprisonement;
[3:] Johny had spoken with
[4:] Abduljebbar the Lawyer
[5:] but this man seems not
[6:] so inclined to defend Artin,
[7:] there are many witnesses
[8:] in favor of him; and they
[9:] were to go today to the
[10:] Serai; My Sister Eliza
[11:] is very grieved & sorry at
[12:] this matter;

[13:] I called on Mr. Richarz
[14:] at 9 Am & asked him to
[15:] write to the Austrian
[16:] Consul General to remit
[17:] my 300 frcs which I
[18:] had sent him for Alexander
[19:] for his expences to the
[20:] Banker of Monseigneur
[21:] Altmayer in Paris
[22:] & gave him his name
[23:] & address~

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[1:] I then called on the
[2:] Delegate Mons. Altmayer
[3:] and told him that I
[4:] had done so & requested
[5:] him to write to his Banker
[6:] to apply for the Money,

[7:] I went to Lynch’s Office
[8:] for business & for some
[9:] £ Stg; & returned to Sister
[10:] Eliza, took my wife &
[11:] came home~

[12:] At 4 P.M. called again
[13:] on Sister Eliza; Johny
[14:] came from the Serai
[15:] & says that they took the
[16:] evidence of many persons
[17:] they were all in favor
[18:] of Artin, & also the Bishop
[19:] came & as it got late
[20:] to finish the evidence

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[1:] so it is left for tomorrow
[2:] & so Artin will have
[3:] to remain in prison
[4:] tonight too etc etc;

[5:] I came home at 6
[6:] P.M.; Light N.W. & fine

31 Wedn.

1899 June

[A49_176_12:118]

[A49_177_10:119]

[7:] Light air & sultry; at 7
[8:] Am I called on Menusha
[9:] & then came on board
[10:] Paid the Officers’ wages &
[11:] Others; At 9 I went to
[12:] the prison in the Serai
[13:] & saw Artin my nephew
[14:] he is in a room upstairs
[15:] with two or three other
[16:] Mahomedans prisoners,
[17:] Johny was there & says
[18:] that it will be settled
[19:] today & Artin will be
[20:] let out; I left at 10
[21:] & came home

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[1:] As I was taking a warm
[2:] bath, Johny & Abduljebbar
[3:] Effendi the Lawyer sent
[4:] for me to come quick, as
[5:] it requires my visit to
[6:] Hamdi Beg the Mufettish
[7:] Adlyeh to talk to him
[8:] as he is my friend, and
[9:] the matter will be settled
[10:] so I hurried on, & Alexander
[11:] Duncan the husband of
[12:] Regina came with me to
[13:] see Artin; but on arriving
[14:] to the Serai, they told me
[15:] that it was finished and
[16:] my visit to Ahmed Beg
[17:] is not required, so they
[18:] let Artin out on bail
[19:] & Abduljebbar stood as
[20:] security & gave a paper
[21:] I saw the deposition

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[1:] given by the bitch of the
[2:] servant Zekki, a most
[3:] horrible way~ At
[4:] 4 ½ P.M. Artin was let
[5:] out & we all walked
[6:] out to his house, poor
[7:] Sister Eliza was rejoiced
[8:] & weeping;~ This
[9:] incident will cost Artin
[10:] about 50 TLiras, for
[11:] charges, presents and
[12:] bribery etc etc;

[13:] I came home & then called
[14:] on Antone Marine
[15:] came at 6, Antone then
[16:] called on us for ½ hour;

[17:] Light Air & warm

1st Thursd

1899 Jun

[A49_178_15:120]

[18:] Light S. Erly & Variable
[19:] warm; at 6 Am we
[20:] went to church a high
[21:] mass by the Delagate
[22:] Altmayer & procession

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[1:] I slept at 7 & called on
[2:] Sister Medula & thence
[3:] came on board we
[4:] are shipping some Cargo,
[5:] At 10 I left & went over
[6:] to Sister Eliza, my wife
[7:] was there & we returned
[8:] home at 11 ½~ Hot
[9:] Weather & Very light breeze
[10:] from N.W. with few clouds

[11:] At 3 P.M. came on board
[12:] shipping cargo;

[13:] At 5 I left & called on
[14:] Colonel Loch the Resident,
[15:] he is having an Auction
[16:] sale tomorrow of his Kit,
[17:] I left & came home;
[18:] Shekoory Sayegh called
[19:] on us; Very warm
[20:] sultry & calm weather,
[21:] With some clouds;

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2 Frid

[1:] Light & variable breeze
[2:] Warm Weather~
[3:] At 7 Am I came on board,
[4:] & then went over to the
[5:] Residency to see the
[6:] auction sale; I bought
[7:] only a Bookshelve for 12
[8:] 12 Rps & 1 anna; Came home
[9:] It is very warm & sultry,
[10:] light S. Erly air with some
[11:] clouds;~

[12:] At 4 P.M. I called on Eliza
[13:] & Adoola my cousins;

[14:] Johny & Artin called in
[15:] the evening; Very calm
[16:] & warm weather;

[17:] The SS. Baghdad & Barge
[18:] left this morning at 4 Am

3’ Satur Th@ 4. 80

1899 June

Hannah Nakkar died aged about 95

[A49_181_02:121]

[A49_181_04:122]

[A49_181_05:123]

[19:] Very light S. Erly and
[20:] Calm sultry weather

[21:] At 7 Am called on Shekoory
[22:] Sayegh & came on
[23:] board~ The Damascus

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[1:] Post arrived yesterday,
[2:] no letters about Alexander
[3:] from anybody~

[4:] It is getting very hot toward
[5:] noon; at 11 I went to breakfast
[6:] & came on board at 1 P.M.;
[7:] Very hot, the breeze shifted
[8:] to N.W. but is too hot;
[9:] At 6 P.M. I left the steamer
[10:] & came home;

[11:] I wrote a short letter to
[12:] Alexander my son and
[13:] enclosed it in a letter for
[14:] Rezooki Metchich in
[15:] London to be sent on by
[16:] him to wherever he is &
[17:] dated them the 8th Instt
[18:] by the Damascus Post
[19:] to be sent by my wife
[20:] I kept copies of the letters,

[21:] The Mejidieh will drop
[22:] down tomorrow early
[23:] to alongside the wool

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[1:] Press of Eassayi Brothers
[2:] just near the Nawab’s
[3:] house at the Sheria of
[4:] Morrabbaa to ship 500
[5:] Bales of Liquorice root
[6:] of Yousif Korkis at 6 ¾
[7:] G.S. Piast each~

[8:] Calm & sultry Weather,

4 Sund Th@4 78 Noon 107 4 P.M 107

1899 June

[9:] Light N. Erly breeze and
[10:] sultry~ At 4 ½ Am
[11:] I left & came down to
[12:] the wool Press of Eassayi
[13:] where the Mejidieh is
[14:] shipping the 500 Bales of
[15:] Liquorice root;;

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[A49_182_03:124]

[A49_182_19:125]

1899 June

Passg Okes GS. Piast Draft
296 98,366 21,380,, 3,,8

[2:] At 7am finished loading
[3:] 500 Bales of Liquorice roots
[4:] We proceeded, S. Erly
[5:] breeze & warm weather,

[6:] At 8,,45 passes Diala
[7:] river;

[8:] At 10 passed Ctesiphon
[9:] I let off 4 carrier pigeons
[10:] of my nephew Johny from
[11:] Menari at 9,,50 & wrote
[12:] slips of paper & tyed them
[13:] on their wings;

[14:] At 10,,50 passed the SS.
[15:] Phrat & Barge going up at
[16:] Semrah reach~

[17:] Gave tickets to the Passengers
[18:] We have Altogether 276 ½
[19:] (2 in 1st Class, Izzet Beg
[20:] the Mooddai Umoom
[21:] for Basreh, and

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[1:] Jejo son of Moorad going
[2:] to Press Wool for Lynch
[3:] at Amara free, & 2 in
[4:] 2nd Class Armenians;)

[5:] At 2,,45 P.M. passed
[6:] Baghdadieh~ Very warm
[7:] weather & light variable
[8:] breeze~

[9:] At 4 P.M. passed the
[10:] S.S. Khalifah bound up
[11:] at Sened~ Light N.W.
[12:] breeze; The Thermometer
[13:] was today 107 in my cabin
[14:] and at sunset it was still
[15:] at 104˚ Very calm and
[16:] Sultry~

[17:] At 4,,30 passed Azizieh
[18:] Very calm & sultry warm;

[19:] At 9,,5 P.M. passed
[20:] Memlah;

[21:] I went up on the After
[22:] Deck to sleep for the first
[23:] time, as it is impossible to
[24:] sleep in the cabin, so hot

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5 Mond. Th@ 4. 80 Noon 106 4 P.M 109

[A49_185_15:126]

1899 June

[1:] At 1,,30 AM arrived
[2:] at Coot, landed 26 ½
[3:] passengers & 46 Packages,
[4:] [strikethrough]
[5:] [strikethrough]
[6:] shipped 49 Bales of Pressed
[7:] Wool for Basreh~
[8:] I received Henry’s letter
[9:] & my papers; The Khalifah
[10:] had left Basreh on Thursday
[11:] afternoon, having 221,000
[12:] Okes & about 100 passengers,

[13:] At 4 Am we left Coot
[14:] Light N.W. & fine weather,
[15:] Took 4 ½ passengers;

[16:] At 6,,25 passed the SS.
[17:] Ressafah & Barge bound
[18:] up~ Breeze shifted at
[19:] 9 to a hot S. Erly and
[20:] very disagreable, thing
[21:] We have not seen in
[22:] this month~

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[1:] At 10,,30 landed 4 ½
[2:] Passengers at Ali Gherbi,
[3:] took 2 & went on at 10,,40,

[4:] It became very calm at
[5:] 2 P.M. & very hot indeed

[6:] At 6,,5 P.M. Arrived
[7:] at Amara landed 35 ½
[8:] passengers & 34 Packages
[9:] Light S. Erly breeze and
[10:] Very warm; No wool
[11:] Pressed here yet to be shipped
[12:] The heat is most fearful
[13:] a light dampy S. E. Air
[14:] & suffocating~

[15:] The Mutserrif of Amara
[16:] Ahmed Anwary Pasha
[17:] is dismissed & going up
[18:] with us~

[19:] At 7 we left Amara
[20:] Awfully warm & dampy,
[21:] with light S. Erly breeze

[22:] At 8,,10 We anchored

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[1:] Above Aboo Sedrah~
[2:] Very warm in bed upstairs,

[3:] Light Erly breeze & warm
[4:] weather;

6 Tuesd Th@ 4. 86

[A49_187_11:127]

[5:] At 3,,45 Am we proceeded
[6:] At 5,,45 landed specie at
[7:] Kalat Saleh & went on,
[8:] Gave tickets to 13 Amara
[9:] passengers (one in 1st Class
[10:] the Bimbashi of the Senyeh
[11:] Omar Sherif Beg)

[12:] At 8,,50 passed Azair
[13:] it became Very Calm and
[14:] warm, a light N.W. but
[15:] is so warm & dampy;

[16:] At 11,,40 landed specie
[17:] at Gorna & went on at
[18:] 11,,45~

[19:] At 1 P.M. breeze Shifted to
[20:] N.W. but it is so warm &
[21:] moisty; We feel it very
[22:] much;~

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[1:] At 4 P.M. arrived at
[2:] Basreh; no steamers here
[3:] or in Quarantine;

[4:] Rufail came to me & I
[5:] went up with him to his
[6:] house, Tookyeh is there with
[7:] her 2 children & husband
[8:] Rezooki spending some
[9:] days; The Wind is blowing
[10:] a N.W. but it is not cool
[11:] or refreshing; this must
[12:] be the Bareh wind
[13:] just commenced as on
[14:] the 6th (today) the Constellation
[15:] Playades appears in
[16:] the morning on the East;
[17:] It became cooler & dryer
[18:] later on at night, but
[19:] the wind blew fresh

7 Wedn.

1899

June

[20:] Light N.W., the wind
[21:] fell toward morning but
[22:] is cooler than before,

[23:] At 6 ½ Am I came

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[1:] on board, We are discharging
[2:] & loading. No news
[3:] of the mail Steamer ~

[4:] Wind got up at 10 blowing
[5:] fresh with dusty sky &
[6:] hot, thermr. at noon 103 in
[7:] My cabin; At 1 P.M. I
[8:] went over with Rezooki to
[9:] their house, had tea and
[10:] at 5 ½ we all went to see
[11:] the Asfars, Yousif Marine
[12:] came also down from
[13:] Shaebyeh & at 7 we all
[14:] returned back, Tookyeh, her
[15:] husband, Rufail Rezook
[16:] Yousif Marine & myself we
[17:] dined together, the wind
[18:] fell & became light but
[19:] hot & disagreeable;

8 Thurs

Colonel Loch left Baghdad on 6 Instt & Major Melville arrived again in the SS. Assyria

1899 June

[20:] Very light westerly breeze
[21:] & warm, at 6 ½ am I
[22:] came on board, we have
[23:] finished loading down

Page 189:

[1:] to 4.8 Inches. Very calm
[2:] & warm weather; It
[3:] became so moisty the air,
[4:] that I could not stay in
[5:] the cabin for a minute,
[6:] The air shifted to N.W. but
[7:] is loaded with moisture
[8:] & not at all cool ~

[9:] At 4 P.M. the mail
[10:] Str Assyria arrived to
[11:] the quarantine;

[12:] We sent our mail & got her
[13:] mails after 2 hours detention
[14:] of fumigation etc ~

[15:] The weather is most awfully
[16:] warm & calm, I am
[17:] nearly fainting from it,
[18:] we received the mails at
[19:] 7 P.M; ~

[20:] The SS. Baghdad & Barge
[21:] left at 6 P.M. ;

[22:] Very warm & suffocating

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[A49_190_02:128]

[A49_191_17:129]

Passeng Okes G.S.P. Local Draft
174 234350 15451 ½ 4,,10

[2:] At 7,,20 P.M. we left
[3:] Basreh, very warm and
[4:] calm weather;

[5:] At 7,,50 we met the S.S.
[6:] Comet coming down with
[7:] Colonel Loch the British
[8:] Consul General on board
[9:] going down being transferred
[10:] to Nepaul in India
[11:] to our great regret as he
[12:] is very much liked by
[13:] all the Europeans in
[14:] Baghdad, we delivered to
[15:] him his letters & went
[16:] on at 7,,55; Breeze very
[17:] light from East; It
[18:] is very moisty on deck;

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9 Frid

[A49_191_21:130]

1899

June

[A49_193_05:131]

[1:] At 2,,30 am passed
[2:] Gorna; Very disagreeable
[3:] weather, dampy warm &
[4:] light variable breeze;

[5:] We passed the Baghdad &
[6:] Barge going up at 1 ½ P.M.
[7:] below Gorna ~

[8:] At 7,,45 passed Azair,
[9:] A light N.W. breeze and
[10:] Cooler weather which made
[11:] the atmosphere dryer;

[12:] Finished with the Passengers
[13:] we have in all 93 ~ (5
[14:] in 1st Class, they are the
[15:] wife of Michail Raffi
[16:] his mother & his Sister
[17:] all 3 in 2 Cabins; Mr.
[18:] Bolanachi a young
[19:] Greek who was employed
[20:] at Nicoli Giacoli; and
[21:] Omar Sherif Beg the Bim-
[22:] Bashy of Sennyeh of
[23:] Amara returning with his

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[1:] and 2 free in the 2nd Class
[2:] the Tally Clerk of Lynch
[3:] Brothers Jemil & his mother
[4:] free;)

[5:] At 1. P.M. landed 2 Passeng
[6:] at Kalat Saleh & went
[7:] on at 2,,5 ~ A light
[8:] N.W. breeze prevails ~

[9:] At 6,,40 P.M. arrived
[10:] at Amara landed 22 ½
[11:] passengers (1 in 1st Class
[12:] Omar Sherif Beg) and
[13:] 2 Bales cloth; Took 6
[14:] tons of Coal & some Cargo
[15:] also a mule of Abdulkadur
[16:] Khdery for 8 mejidees to
[17:] Baghdad ~

[18:] At 8,,20 left Amara
[19:] Light N.W. & fine weather

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10 Satur Therm@4.79

1899

June

[A49_194_11:132]

[1:] Light N.W. & fine weather,

[2:] Gave tickets to 52
[3:] Amara passengers, (one in
[4:] 1st Class the Reis of the
[5:] Sennyeh Mahd. Rafik Beg)
[6:] also one mule of Abdulkadur
[7:] Khdery for 8 Mejidies,

[8:] At 9,,50 landed 5 passengers
[9:] at Ali Gherbi & went on
[10:] at 10; wind getting up fresh;

[11:] At 3,,50 P.M. passed the
[12:] S.S. Phrat & Barge going
[13:] down having troops on
[14:] board; just below Sheikh
[15:] Saad Village; ~

[16:] Light N.W. & fine cool night

[17:] At 11,,10 P.M. arrived at
[18:] Coot landed 23 passengers
[19:] Took 4 Tons of Coal; I
[20:] Slept in the cabin, the weather
[21:] being very cool although
[22:] the breeze is very light from
[23:] the N. West; I paid
[24:] money to Vartan for

Page 194:

[1:] the wool Press also to
[2:] Nacodas[?] of Coal Boats

11 Sund Therm@4.72

[A49_194_14:133]

[3:] At 0,,50 am left Coot
[4:] Very nice & cool weather,

[5:] Took 29 Passengers
[6:] from Coot;

[7:] At 8,,30 passed Memlah,
[8:] weather very calm;

[9:] At 3,,20 P.M. passed
[10:] the S.S. Khalifah going down
[11:] at Sherhan (below Humenyeh)
[12:] Michail Yaghchi was on
[13:] board going to sell his
[14:] liquorice which he is collecting
[15:] at Hilla from Menahem
[16:] Daniels property;

[17:] At 5 P.M. passed Azizieh
[18:] Light N.W. breeze & fine,

[19:] The river has fallen a good
[20:] deal & begun to get shoal in
[21:] many places, sand bank are
[22:] appearing ~

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[1:] At 8,,45 P.M. passed Baghdadieh
[2:] Fort ~ Fine cool night ~

12 Mond Therm@4.72

1899

June

[A49_196_03:134]

[A49_196_16:135]

[3:] Light N.W. breeze & very cool
[4:] morning, I felt it quite cool
[5:] on the upper deck & the water
[6:] is as cold as ice ~

[7:] At 6,,15 AM. passed Ctesiphon,
[8:] It became calm ~

[9:] At 8,,40 passed Diala
[10:] river, Light N.W. & fine;

[11:] At 10 passed Gherrarah
[12:] without landing a man
[13:] with Lynch’s letters, as it is
[14:] too hot for him the Captain
[15:] thinks;

[16:] At 0,,30 P.M. landed the
[17:] mails at the Residency &
[18:] went up to the Custum House,
[19:] The Ressafah is only here
[20:] leaving tomorrow, I went
[21:] home saw Eliza, there are
[22:] no news or letters at all
[23:] by last mail; Weather
[24:] had been warm here too,

Page 196:

[1:] Antone Marine called,
[2:] he has received a letter from
[3:] his son Gabriel by yesterday’s
[4:] Post from Aleppo he arrived
[5:] there on the 21 May, having
[6:] left Baghdad on the 27
[7:] April; ~

[8:] Very light N.W. & fine ~

13 Tuesd Therm@4.78

reported plague at Bushire

[9:] Light N.W. but not so cool,
[10:] At 6 ½ AM called on
[11:] Sister Medula & then
[12:] came on board, we are
[13:] discharging cargo ~

[14:] The SS. Ressafah left this
[15:] morning at 4 AM. The
[16:] Nakib of Basreh Seyd
[17:] Rujub Effendi & his suit
[18:] & family left in her,
[19:] At 11 went home; I took a
[20:] cold water bath; ~ at 4
[21:] P.M. I called on Catherina
[22:] Yaghchi & Louisa, my

Page 197:

[1:] niece, they have come in
[2:] from the Garden of Farhat,
[3:] I also called on Dr. Macri
[4:] & his wife & came home,

[5:] The Chaldean Patriarch
[6:] called on us today;

[7:] Johny & Artin called in
[8:] the evening;

[9:] The news reported here
[10:] from the Basreh Sanitary
[11:] Officer that Plague had
[12:] appeared at Bushire, I
[13:] had heard this at Basreh
[14:] last time but was not sure
[15:] how many were attaked,
[16:] but they say here that 8
[17:] deaths had taken place, &
[18:] the Persian Government
[19:] have now established a
[20:] quarantine in Bushire,

[21:] Light N.W. & fine weather

14' Wedn

1899

[A49_198_08:136]

[22:] Light N.W. air & cool morning
[23:] at 7 AM I called on
[24:] Sister Eliza & then on

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[1:] Menusha & came home
[2:] at 11 ~ At 4 P.M. Eliza
[3:] & I called on Antone Marine,
[4:] and in the evening called
[5:] on Sister Medula till 9
[6:] P.M.

[7:] I heard that Ibrahim
[8:] Gejou arrived this afternoon
[9:] from Paris coming via
[10:] Beyrout, Damascus &
[11:] Deir, he had left Paris
[12:] about 45 days ago, the
[13:] Armenian son of Thadeus
[14:] Awannes who had gone
[15:] to Paris to study the
[16:] fisique also came with
[17:] him as a doctor now

[18:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[19:] weather; ~

15’ Thursd Therm@4.72

[A49_199_02:137]

[A49_199_10:138]

[A49_199_12:139]

1899

June

[20:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[21:] weather ~ at 7 am I
[22:] called on Antone Marine

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[1:] & then went to call on
[2:] Ibrahim Gejou at his fathers
[3:] house but did not find
[4:] him at home, I sat with
[5:] his mother & the two sisters
[6:] Sarah & Looloo; at 8 ½
[7:] I came on board; we
[8:] are shipping cargo;

[9:] I wrote a long letter to Alexander
[10:] at Chicago & enclosed it
[11:] in a letter to Rezooki Metchich
[12:] in London asking him
[13:] to be sent on to him I kept
[14:] copies of them, & sent the
[15:] letter with todays Damascus
[16:] Post;

[17:] Went home at 10,
[18:] found Mina Aboud &
[19:] Terrooza wife of Antone
[20:] Marine & her daughter
[21:] Rosa came to visit us,

[22:] At 12 ¼ am the SS.
[23:] Baghdad arrived with
[24:] her Barge~ At 2 P.M.

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[1:] I came on board; We
[2:] shipped cargo; about 600
[3:] Bales of wool, and some
[4:] other cargo through and
[5:] local ~ at 5 ½ P.M. went
[6:] home ~

[7:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[8:] weather; very pleasant;

16’ Frid Therm@4.70

[A49_201_07:140]

1899

June

[A49_202_09:141]

[A49_203_18:142]

[A49_203_23:143]

[9:] Light N.W. & very fine
[10:] cool weather, we are
[11:] covering ourselves with
[12:] the Lahaf (a thick quilt) ;

[13:] I have got a carpenter to
[14:] make some reparation
[15:] in the house ~

[16:] At 7 AM I came on board
[17:] and went home at 8;
[18:] Artin my Nephew came to
[19:] me & I went with him
[20:] to call on Doctor Kazassyan
[21:] whose only daughter
[22:] Serpohy he has been
[23:] engaged to, about a

Page 201:

[1:] month ago, I saw her
[2:] & her Mother, they are
[3:] Armenians from Constple
[4:] they have come here about
[5:] four years ago, the father
[6:] is a Doctor in the Turkish
[7:] Army, I found the girl (1)
[8:] intelligent, jolly, but not
[9:] so handsome she is about
[10:] 18 years old; speaks
[11:] French, Armenian, Turkish
[12:] & Arabic, she learnt french
[13:] here at the French nuns
[14:] school; & plays Piano;

[15:] We then called on Hanosh
[16:] Kroomy of Basreh and
[17:] his wife are living here
[18:] they have given up Basreh
[19:] since last year ~
[20:] I called on Eliza & Adoola
[21:] my cousins & coming
[22:] home I met Ibrahim
[23:] Gejou in the Street,

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[1:] I reproached him for not
[2:] coming to see us before
[3:] anybody else, he promised
[4:] to come after breakfast,
[5:] at 2 P.M. he came and
[6:] We had a long talk with
[7:] him about Alexander
[8:] my son; he assures me
[9:] that he has not gone
[10:] to America & that he is
[11:] still in London, & he is
[12:] only humbugging us,
[13:] all his letters to us he says
[14:] were not true what he
[15:] wrote, he never was ill
[16:] or had sore eyes & never
[17:] went to Belfort and
[18:] returned on account of
[19:] his eyes; the Girl had
[20:] gone with him to Vienna
[21:] & soon as he obtained
[22:] from me the 90 £Stg

Page 203:

[1:] he left Vienna & came
[2:] to Paris & spent it very
[3:] lavishly paying about
[4:] 30 frcs a day for Carriage
[5:] hire etc etc ~

[6:] At 5 P.M. I went to the
[7:] Office to see Mr. Bottomley
[8:] for some business & thence
[9:] went to Sister Eliza where
[10:] my wife came also &
[11:] we returned home at 8 ½

[12:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[13:] night;

17 Satur Therm@4.76

1899

June

[A49_204_04:144]

[14:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[15:] Cool night it was ~

[16:] At 7 am I came on
[17:] board ~ We shipped little
[18:] cargo; ~ The river is falling
[19:] every day, Ibrahim Gejou
[20:] came on board he wants to
[21:] leave this in a month
[22:] taking his Sister with him
[23:] Sarah(1) to Paris; ~

[24:] At 11 ½ I went home

Page 204:

[1:] to breakfast;

[2:] Bedry Beg, who is with
[3:] the German Mission at
[4:] Babylon where they are
[5:] excavating, Called on me
[6:] with AbdulKerim Toma
[7:] he came here for a few
[8:] days & will return after
[9:] a week or so;

[10:] At 2 P.M. I came on board
[11:] At 5 ½ we finished work
[12:] I went home; Artin my
[13:] Nephew called in the evening

[14:] Weather is calm and
[15:] not so pleasant & cool,
[16:] & it appears as if the air
[17:] is from the S. Est; ~

18’ Sund

[18:] At 3 AM I was up
[19:] Weather seems to be getting
[20:] changed; there are few
[21:] clouds hanging on
[22:] & the air is very light

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[1:] S. Erly

[2:] At 3 ½ I came on board

Baghdad to Basreh [18 JUN 1899 --- V049_16_S] (//)

Coll Loch left & Major Melvill’s

1899

June

arrival see 8th Instt

[A49_206_18:145]

[A49_207_01:146]

Towing Barges

1899

June

[A49_208_03:147]

Passg Okes G.S.P. Draft
111 ½ 131,274,, 16,099 ½ [N/A?]

[4:] At 4 AM we proceeded
[5:] a light S. Erly breeze with
[6:] some clouds from the N.
[7:] & N.W. & very curious &
[8:] sudden change in this
[9:] time of the month ~ Clouds
[10:] disappeared soon after sun
[11:] rise ~

[12:] At 6 passed the S.S.
[13:] Comet going up just at
[14:] Diala river; Major
[15:] Melville on board of her
[16:] going to take charge of
[17:] the Consulate General
[18:] in place of Colonel
[19:] Loch who left Baghdad
[20:] in the Comet on the 6th
[21:] Instt, being transferred

Page 206:

[1:] to Nepaul in Central
[2:] India; Major Melville
[3:] did not stay to make his
[4:] quarantine in Basreh
[5:] but obtained order to be
[6:] allowed to make it on
[7:] the way up & so she has
[8:] left Basreh on Sunday
[9:] last with a quarantine
[10:] guard so as not to touch
[11:] anywhere & having the
[12:] quarantine Yellow flag
[13:] hoisted on the mast head,

[14:] At 7,,20 passed Ctesiphon,

[15:] Finished with the passengers
[16:] tickets, we have 92 ½
[17:] (one in 1st class, Mr. Ludvi
[18:] Meyer, the German who is
[19:] attached to the Mission
[20:] now excavating in
[21:] Babylon, he is going to
[22:] Berlin; & one in 2nd
[23:] Class, Pere Emmanuel

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[1:] of the Carmelite fathers,
[2:] going to Bushire on account
[3:] of the Plague having broken
[4:] out there, & the Christians
[5:] are in want of a priest, he
[6:] is messing in his Cabin)

[7:] At 0,,30 P.M. passed
[8:] Baghdadieh; the S. Erly
[9:] breeze increased moderately
[10:] but not so hot;

[11:] At 2,,30 P.M. passed
[12:] Azizieh; wind fell & Shifted
[13:] to a light westerly, it was
[14:] warm during the day;

[15:] At 7,,20 passed Memlah
[16:] Westerly breeze & fine &
[17:] I slept in my Cabin, but it is
[18:] rather warm;

[19:] At 9,,40 P.M. passed
[20:] the S.S. Khalifah and
[21:] towing a Barge up, as
[22:] the Lynchs in England
[23:] have obtained the permission
[24:] for us to tow Barges

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[1:] in future & the Turkish
[2:] Governt at Constantinople
[3:] informed the Authorities in
[4:] Basreh & Baghdad that
[5:] we can do so, but for
[6:] the present there are no
[7:] cargo in Basreh being
[8:] accumulated, & the
[9:] Barge towed by the Khalifah
[10:] was empty;

[11:] At 12 P.M. arrived at
[12:] Coot landed 23 Passengers
[13:] & 41 packages and Shipped
[14:] 143 Bales of wool from
[15:] Lynch’s Press for Asfar’s
[16:] Steamers; I received Henry’s
[17:] letter & my papers dated
[18:] from London & Paris up
[19:] to the 19th Ulto; The Khalifah
[20:] had 194,770 Okes of Cargo
[21:] & about 250 passengers

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[1:] mostly Pilgrims returning
[2:] from Mecca; The news
[3:] of the Plague in Bushire
[4:] is not confirmed yet in
[5:] Basreh some say there were
[6:] 3 or 4 cases, others say that
[7:] it was imported the Pilgrims
[8:] returning from Jedda in
[9:] the Persian Str. Haidery
[10:] about 500 were landed
[11:] there but there is a Strict
[12:] quarantine at Bushire;

19 Mond Therm 4.74

1899 June

[13:] Light n.w. & fine weather
[14:] At 5 am left Coot,
[15:] took 9 passengers;

[16:] At 11,,55 landed one
[17:] passenger at Ali Gherbi
[18:] took two & went on at 12
[19:] Modte n.w. & fine weather

[20:] At 7,35 P.m. arrived
[21:] at Amara landed 31 1/2
[22:] passengers and 46 Packg,
[23:] Shipped 112 Bales of wool,
[24:] from Lynch's Press ~

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[1:] At 9,,30 left Amara
[2:] Light n.w. & fine cool night
[3:] At 10,,35 anchored above
[4:] Aboo Sedra ~

20 Tuesd Therm @ 4,79

[5:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[6:] morning ~ At 4 am
[7:] proceeded, Took 4 Passengers
[8:] from Amara;

[9:] At 9,,5 passed Azair
[10:] Modte n.w. breeze & fine;

[11:] At 0,,5 P.m. passed Gorna
[12:] At 4 P.m. met the Ressafah
[13:] & Barge going up on near
[14:] Asfar's house ~

[15:] At 4,10 arrived at
[16:] Basreh, no Steamers
[17:] here at all except the
[18:] Phrat; no accurate news
[19:] could be obtained regarding
[20:] the Plague in Bushire
[21:] some say 8 cases took place
[22:] in all others say it is

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[1:] working, others say it is not
[2:] the Plague but other sickness,
[3:] we shall hear from the
[4:] mail Str due day after
[5:] tomorrow; Rezooki Sayegh
[6:] Michail Yaghchi who came
[7:] here in the Khalifah to sell
[8:] his Liquorice to Hotz, also
[9:] Rezooki Angoorly came on
[10:] board; at 6 I went with
[11:] Rezooki Sayegh to their
[12:] house, Tookyeh is still there
[13:] & Rufail has sore eye since
[14:] 8 days caused by a cold he
[15:] took on top of the house;
[16:] I dined & slept there ~
[17:] Fine n.w. wind & pleasant
[18:] night, I slept in the Veranda,

21 Wednes

1899 June

[A49_213_20:148]

[19:] Modte n.w. & fine weather
[20:] The S.S. Shahristan for
[21:] Asfar arrived this morning,

[22:] At 7 am I came on
[23:] board, we are discharging
[24:] & loading cargo;

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[1:] there is only one Steamer's
[2:] cargo left here the Simla’s
[3:] of last week;

[4:] At 11 I hired Bellem for
[5:] one Keran & went in to Basreh
[6:] called on Angoorlies & then
[7:] on Nessoory Andrea and
[8:] on Ali Beg the Mudir of
[9:] Tapo & to the shop of Rezooki
[10:] & returned to Tookyeh had
[11:] tea & then we left at
[12:] 4 P.m. & came out with
[13:] Tookyeh, Rezooki her husband
[14:] & Medool sister of Yousif
[15:] John they landed at
[16:] Mackenzies wharf to
[17:] visit Toomas Wahayeb's
[18:] family & I came on
[19:] board; at 5 1/2 I went
[20:] to fetch them & we
[21:] went up I landed at
[22:] Asfar's; saw Jeboory &
[23:] his wife also Père Emmanuel

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[1:] staying there, he is going down
[2:] to Bushire by the next mail
[3:] leaving on Saturday; I
[4:] spoke with Jeboory regarding
[5:] my money 1000 TLiras he has
[6:] on interest @ 7 % will be due
[7:] on the 9 of July, he is going to
[8:] keep it for an other year;
[9:] his wife & children are going
[10:] up in the Khalifah next
[11:] trip; at 7 I & Rezooki Sayegh
[12:] went to Rufails where I
[13:] dined & slept; a fresh n.w.
[14:] blew at night & fine cool;

22 Thursd

1899 June

[A49_214_20:149]

[15:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[16:] morning; at 6 1/2 am. I
[17:] came on board ~ There
[18:] is no news of the mails

[19:] I wrote a long letter to
[20:] Blockey in London &
[21:] posted it here via Bombay
[22:] I told him of Alexander is
[23:] supposed to be still in London
[24:] & to look out for him;
[25:] We are loaded & finished

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[1:] all the cargo that was
[2:] here~ We got the Barge
[3:] up from the Quarantine
[4:] from alongside the Shahristan
[5:] with her cargo part of it
[6:] and Shipped it ~ The mail
[7:] Steamer Pemba passed
[8:] Fao at 9 am ~

[9:] There is plenty of wind
[10:] but it is not refreshing,
[11:] the weather is dusty &
[12:] the atmosphere is heavy
[13:] close & dampy like
[14:] yesterday, but it cools
[15:] down toward sunset &
[16:] the night gets cool;

[17:] At 5 1/4 P.m. the S.S. Pemba
[18:] arrived in quarantine;

[19:] Lots of people came on
[20:] some to see the Mektoobchi
[21:] (secretary of Hamdi Pasha
[22:] Waly of Basreh) going up
[23:] to act as Motserrif at

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[1:] Amara called Assim Beg,
[2:] Ali Beg Saȋb my friend
[3:] called on me also Michail
[4:] Yaghchi, Rezooki Sayegh
[5:] & Rezooki & Toni Angoorly
[6:] & others; wind fell &
[7:] became warm & very
[8:] disagreeable weather;

[9:] We received the mails
[10:] at 7 1/2 ~

Basreh to Baghdad [22 JUN 1899 --- V049_17_N] (//)

Passger Okes G.S.P. Local Draft
165 209,450 12270 1/4 4,,8,

[12:] At 8,,5 P.m. we got under-
[13:] weigh & proceeded, there is
[14:] a light n.w. breeze but the
[15:] ship is awfully hot, I
[16:] cannot stop in my cabin
[17:] for a minute; Thermr. is 98°
[18:] The Steamer is loaded down
[19:] to 4,,8 Inshes ~ A fresh
[20:] breeze blowing during the
[21:] night ;

23 Frid Therm @ 4.81

1899 June

[A49_216_05:150]

[A49_216_10:151]

[22:] Modte N.W. & fine
[23:] at 3,,50 am passed

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[1:] Gorna, Finished with the
[2:] Passengers tickets;

[3:] We have in all 54 1/2
[4:] (2 in 1st Class, the Mektoobchi
[5:] of the Waly Hamdi Pasha,
[6:] Assim Beg, who had come
[7:] down with us about three
[8:] months ago in Company
[9:] with Ahmed Pasha Zheir,
[10:] going to Amara to act
[11:] as Motserrif; and Jemil
[12:] Beg Kaima Kam of Hai
[13:] going to Coot) ~

[14:] At 8,,25 passed Azair
[15:] wind freshning up;

[16:] Detained at Nafikh in
[17:] shoal water about 1/2 hour

[18:] At 2,,35 P.m. landed 7
[19:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[20:] & took one & went on at
[21:] 2,,40 ~ Modte N.W.
[22:] wind & fine cool weather

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[1:] At 8 P.M. arrived at
[2:] Amara landed 11 1/2 Passengers
[3:] (one in 1st Class Assim Beg
[4:] the Mektoobchi) and 294
[5:] Bund of Hoop Iron for
[6:] Lynch's wool Press;

[7:] The S.S. Baghdad is here
[8:] bound down ~ We took
[9:] 8 Tons of Coal; ~

[10:] At 10,,15 left Amara
[11:] fresh n.w. wind blowing;
[12:] I slept in the Cabin; The
[13:] mosquitoes troubled me very
[14:] much & could not Sleep;

24 Satur Therm @ 4.78 Noon 107 4 P.m. 108

1899 June

[A49_218_20:152]

[15:] Modte N.W. & fine weather

[16:] Gave tickets to 58 Amara
[17:] passengers (3 in 2d Class
[18:] Selim Dowd Birjony
[19:] his mother & Sister) ;

[20:] Wind getting very hot, it is
[21:] the Saam I believe ~

[22:] At 10,,30 am landed 5
[23:] passengers at Ali Gherbi
[24:] took 2 & went on at 10,,40

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[1:] At 3,,30 P.m. landed 5
[2:] passengers at Sheikh Saad
[3:] & went on ; Hot wind
[4:] & Therm went up to 108 ° ~

[5:] At 6,,10 passed the Ressafah
[6:] & Barge going up, both very
[7:] much loaded & going very
[8:] slow; ~

[9:] At 10 P.m. arrived at
[10:] Coot landed 16 passengers
[11:] (one in 1st Class Jemil Beg)
[12:] Took 2 Tons of Coal, and
[13:] landed some date branches
[14:] (900 Okes, 5000 sticks) for
[15:] Lynch's Press free of freight;

[16:] At 12 we left Coot,
[17:] Very light N.W. I could not
[18:] sleep from the noise on deck
[19:] & the Arabs coming to see
[20:] Yousif Hyeem the Jew whom
[21:] Capt Cowley has placed
[22:] near us on the after deck

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25 Sund Therm @ 4 78 Noon 103 4 P.m. 110

1899 June

[1:] Light n.w. & fine weather
[2:] Gave tickets to 44 Coot
[3:] passengers; ~

[4:] At 7 am picked 5 1/2 Passeng
[5:] from Bughela from a Goffa

[6:] At 7,,40 passed Memlah
[7:] Detained at the bottom of
[8:] Um Sneyem from 11,,15 till
[9:] 12 am in Shoal water;
[10:] Hot wind blowing; River
[11:] Keeps falling fast;

[12:] At 4,,45 P.m. passed
[13:] Azizieh village;

[14:] At 5,,5 passed the S.S.
[15:] Khalifah going down at
[16:] Raddat with an empty
[17:] Barge in tow ~ Strong
[18:] hot wind;

[19:] At 8 P.m. passed Baghdadieh
[20:] Very Calm weather, but it
[21:] has cooled down;
[22:] We touched at Dowar & went
[23:] on ~

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[1:] Moderate N.W. Wind and
[2:] fine weather ~

26 Mond Therm @ 4 80

[A49_221_20:153]

[3:] At 6. Am. passed Ctesiphon,
[4:] We took about 1/2 hour
[5:] this morning in Shoal water
[6:] at Bostan going from one
[7:] side to the other;

[8:] Wind getting fresh ;

[9:] At 8,40 passed Diala
[10:] river ~

[11:] At 10,,5 landed a Deckman
[12:] with letters at Gherrarah &
[13:] went on at 10,,10;

[14:] At 0,,45 P.m. landed the
[15:] mails at the Residency I
[16:] went up to the Custum House
[17:] no steamers are here, The
[18:] Police officers are treating the
[19:] passengers with much Severity
[20:] with regard to Passports,
[21:] they wont let any Goffa
[22:] approach the ship until
[23:] the passengers are examined
[24:] and make out as much

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[1:] as they can from them taking
[2:] from one Keran & upward
[3:] & letting them off ~ I
[4:] went home saw Eliza,
[5:] she is well, I found two
[6:] letters for me from Blanche
[7:] widow of brother Alexander
[8:] from Constple & from
[9:] Alois Schweiger Vienna,
[10:] no news from Alexander,

[11:] Ibrahim Gejou called
[12:] on us, he is buying Antiques
[13:] & sending to Paris for sale!
[14:] Antone Marine & Père
[15:] Pièrre called in the evening

[16:] Light n.w. & fine weather

27’ Tuesd

1899 June

[17:] Light n.w. air & fine,
[18:] at 7 am called on Sister
[19:] Medula, Artin my
[20:] Nephew called there, his
[21:] business with at that
[22:] bitch of Tilkefly Servant
[23:] Zeky is not finished yet,
[24:] he is to be tryed on Thursday
[25:] again, & judgement will

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[1:] then be given, his case has
[2:] caused great talk and
[3:] scandal in town & especially
[4:] among the Christians who
[5:] are all against him as
[6:] it is generally the case with
[7:] such brutes & only seek to
[8:] break one another's neck;

[9:] I came on board, we
[10:] are discharging Cargo;

[11:] At 10 went home ~ I
[12:] called on Sister Eliza at
[13:] 4 P.m. ~

[14:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[15:] weather ~ Catherina Yaghchi
[16:] with her son Yousif & his
[17:] wife Louisa (my niece)
[18:] called on us & spent the evening
[19:] also Johnny my Nephew
[20:] they went away at 9 P.m.

28 Wedn. Therm @ 4,76

[A49_223_18:154]

[21:] Light n.w. & fine cool
[22:] weather ~ at 7 am my
[23:] wife & I called on Antone
[24:] Marine & then on Mina
[25:] Abood, came home at

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[1:] 11 am. ~ I took a cold bath,
[2:] Eliza & Adoola my cousins
[3:] called on us ~ I went to
[4:] Sister Medula at 5 ~ at
[5:] 6 1/2 Eliza & I called on the
[6:] Yaghchies on top of their
[7:] house & spent the evening
[8:] till 9 1/2 & came home,

[9:] The S.S. Ressafah & Barge
[10:] arrived at 7 1/2 P.m.;

[11:] Light n.w. & fine ~

29’ Thursd Therm @ 4,82

1899 June

[A49_224_18:155]

[12:] Light n.w. & fine, but not
[13:] so cool; at 7 am I
[14:] called on Menusha
[15:] & saw there Sister Emilia
[16:] It being the holiday of
[17:] St. Peter & Paul, & so it is
[18:] that of brother Henry being
[19:] here the day before, Viz
[20:] 28 June 1847; I came
[21:] on board at 8 1/2 we are
[22:] shipping cargo; at 11
[23:] I went to Lynch's Office
[24:] & got 70 £ from Mr. Bottomley

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[1:] for Officers wages etc,
[2:] went home had breakfast
[3:] at 2 1/2 P.m. I came
[4:] on board ~

[5:] I wrote two letters to
[6:] Edward Blockey London,
[7:] & to Alois Schweiger
[8:] Vienna by today's Damascus
[9:] Post;

[10:] At 6 P.m. went home ~
[11:] Dr. Kazassian with Artin
[12:] my Nephew called on us;

[13:] Light N.W. & fine weather

30 Frid Therm 4,80

[A49_225_02:156]

[A49_225_15:157]

1899 July

[A49_226_14:158]

[A49_226_17:159]

[14:] Light N.W. & fine ~ At
[15:] 6 1/2 am I came on board
[16:] & paid the Ship’s crew
[17:] their wages for this month;
[18:] Finsihed at 9, went on
[19:] shore I called on the
[20:] Eassayies, to see the son
[21:] of Nessoory Toma Khayat
[22:] called on Behjet who was
[23:] at school in Beyrout

Page 225:

[1:] where we saw him studying
[2:] medicines in May 1897,
[3:] he arrived here about a month
[4:] ago via Aleppo, for a Change
[5:] of climate as he is Consumptive
[6:] I also called on Shekoory,
[7:] Risha Andrea; came
[8:] home at 11; at 3 P.m. called
[9:] on Ibrahim Elias Gejou,
[10:] he is buying Antiques of
[11:] all Kinds to sell in Paris;
[12:] he will leave in about 2
[13:] months hence; I also
[14:] called on Sister Eliza, she
[15:] is in a Great way about
[16:] Artin's Affair, as tomorrow
[17:] there is going to be a tryal
[18:] & judgement given and
[19:] that bitch of Telkefli servant
[20:] Zekky would not give up
[21:] the claim she wont take
[22:] money but a large sum
[23:] she wants; as Abduljebbar
[24:] wanted to give her,

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[1:] Anton Marine called in the
[2:] evening ~ Light N.W. &
[3:] fine cool weather;

1 Satur Therm 4.76

[4:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[5:] morning ~ At 7 am. I
[6:] called on Sister Medula
[7:] & then came on board;
[8:] The Ressafah is inside
[9:] discharging;

[10:] At 11 went home to breakfast,
[11:] returned at 2 P.M. ~

[12:] Artin my nephew called
[13:] on board, he had been to the
[14:] Serai & his case tryed by
[15:] the Reys el Jeza & his two
[16:] members Abdulla Effendi
[17:] Farhat & Rashid Effendi
[18:] also the Moawen was
[19:] present & Abduljebbar
[20:] Artin's Lawyer; After
[21:] deliberation the Reys &
[22:] his two members they
[23:] acquitted Artin

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[1:] & gave judgement in his
[2:] favor; ~

[3:] At 6 P.M. I went home,
[4:] I found Antone Marine, he
[5:] brought me an illustrated Paper
[6:] "The Sketch" where there is again
[7:] his photo, which was taken
[8:] by Coll Mockler & Alexander
[9:] my son had printed them,
[10:] also there is a bird eye view
[11:] of the town of Baghdad but
[12:] very badly taken; & it
[13:] speaks about Baghdad etc
[14:] I am sure that it is Alexander
[15:] who is giving these views &
[16:] report, to the editor of this
[17:] Paper & the latter is giving
[18:] him some thing in return ;

[19:] Light N.W. & fine
[20:] weather;

2d Sund Therm 4.73

1899 July

[21:] Modte N.W. wind, at
[22:] 3 am. I came on board,
[23:] wind blowing fresh all
[24:] the night;

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Baghdad to Basreh [2 JUL 1899 -- V049_18_S] (//)

[A49_228_19:160]

[A49_229_04:161]

Passeg Okes G.S. Piast Draft
121 1/2 101,378 15833 [N/A]

[2:] At 4,,15 Am. we got
[3:] underway & proceeded,
[4:] Ship is drawing 3,,5,
[5:] Modte N.W. breeze & nice
[6:] & Cool weather ~

[7:] At 6,,15 passed Diala,
[8:] At 7,,45 passed Ctesiphon,

[9:] Finished with the Passengers
[10:] tickets we have in all 92 1/2
[11:] (2 in 1st Class Naoomy
[12:] Loca and Abkar the son of
[13:] Artin Apikyan about 21
[14:] years old going to Basreh
[15:] to Jeboory Asfar to settle about
[16:] the Liquorice root which they
[17:] have been buying for him,
[18:] and one in 2d Class Yousif
[19:] son of Hannosh Tessy going
[20:] to Coot to buy wool)

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[1:] At 1,,10 P.m. passed
[2:] Baghdadieh Fort;

[3:] At 1,,20 passed the S S.
[4:] Khalifah going up; I saw
[5:] Sedi wife of Jeboory Asfar
[6:] & her two children, also
[7:] Terooza wife of Nessoory
[8:] Andrea & children going
[9:] up to pass the summer in
[10:] Baghdad;~

[11:] At 3,,10 P.m. passed
[12:] Azizieh village~
[13:] Light N.W. & fine weather;

[14:] At 8,,30 P.m. passed the
[15:] S.S. Baghdad & Barge going
[16:] up at Memlah;~

[17:] At 8,,50 we anchored for
[18:] the night at Hamrayah;

3 Mond Th @ 4,,80

1899

July

[19:] Light N.W. & fine weather

[20:] At 4 am. we proceeded
[21:] The river is getting low, but
[22:] we are light;

[23:] At 8,,20 arrived at Coot
[24:] landed 23 ½ Passengers

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[1:] (one 2d C. Yousif Hannosh
[2:] Tessy) and 108 Packages,
[3:] I received Henry’s letter
[4:] & Papers;~ we shipped 200
[5:] Cases of Ghee of Shekoory
[6:] anchored Andrea through for Port
[7:] Said @ 4 ½ Paras per Oke
[8:] to Basreh; and at 11 we dropped
[9:] down to the Wool Press &
[10:] shipped 128 Bales of Wool
[11:] through for the S S. Goolestan
[12:] of G. Asfar & Co;

[13:] At 0,,35 P.M. left Coot
[14:] took 7 Passengers~

[15:] The Khalifah had 176,000
[16:] Okes & about 100 Passengers
[17:] the wife of Jeboory Asfar
[18:] & his two children & 4
[19:] servants & Medoola Sister
[20:] of Yousif John, also Terooza
[21:] wife of Nassoory Andrea
[22:] & her 4 children & a servant
[23:] all free; Only Medoola

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[1:] paying deck passage;

[2:] At 7,,55 P.M. landed
[3:] 3 passengers at Ali Gherbi
[4:] & took 9 & went on at
[5:] 8,,10; Strong hot wind,
[6:] It blew very hot wind
[7:] today;~

[8:] I slept in the cabin, there is a fresh
[9:] breeze blowing & not so warm

4 Tuesd The @ 4,,78

1899

July

[10:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[11:] morning, at 4,,20 am.
[12:] arrived at Amara,
[13:] landed 31 passengers and
[14:] 46 Packages; there is no
[15:] wool pressed by Lynch’s
[16:] Press this time;

[17:] At 5,,45 left Amara
[18:] took 13 Passengers; (one
[19:] in 1st Class Abdul Mohsen
[20:] Beg son of Kassim Pasha Zheir)

[21:] At 9,30 stopped at
[22:] Nafikh near Abdulla ibn
[23:] Ali the place is getting

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[1:] Shoal 2 ½ draaz, we
[2:] sent the Pilot to sound

[3:] At 11 proceeded easy;
[4:] At 1,,20 P.m. passed Azair
[5:] Light N.W. wind but misty

[6:] At 4,,20 landed a passenger
[7:] at Gorna booked for Basreh
[8:] & went on; weather
[9:] hazy, moisty & disagreeable,

[10:] At 6 we met the Barge
[11:] which the Khalifah in
[12:] towing her down this trip
[13:] had casted her off at
[14:] Nafikh to go down herself
[15:] & they were only able
[16:] to get down as far, being
[17:] empty & only 4 men in
[18:] her, we anchored & took
[19:] her in tow down to
[20:] Basreh, at 6,,35 proceeded
[21:] from Deir;~

[22:] At 9,,50 P.m. arrived
[23:] at Basreh ~ No steamers

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[1:] are here; wind got up &
[2:] blew fresh during the night

5 Wedn Therm @ 4.80

1899

July

[A49_234_11:162]

[A49_234_12:163] [A49_234_13:164]

[A49_235_17:165]

[3:] Very light N.W. breeze
[4:] & fine, but little hazy;
[5:] We discharged & landed,
[6:] The S.S. Shahristan for
[7:] Asfar & Co is up here~

[8:] At 10 Rufail came to me
[9:] & then at 11 we went up to
[10:] his house, saw Tukkyeh
[11:] his sister there, she has
[12:] given up her idea of going
[13:] to Baghdad, she says the
[14:] hot weather is nearly half
[15:] over & it not worth going
[16:] now etc, etc,

[17:] At 2 P.M. the S.S. Phrat
[18:] left for Baghdad with the
[19:] Barge she has been here
[20:] about one month undergoing
[21:] repair;~

[22:] At 4 Rufail, Rezooki,
[23:] & Myself went up to Jeboory
[24:] Asfar; I spoke to him

Page 234:

[1:] about my money with him
[2:] 1000 Liras it will be up
[3:] in the 9th Instant, and
[4:] he is going to renew the
[5:] bond for an other year
[6:] as usual @ 7% Interest;
[7:] he told me to send him
[8:] the old bond tomorrow
[9:] & he will send me the
[10:] Interest & the new bond

[11:] Naoom Loca & Abkar
[12:] Apikyan & Jemil son of
[13:] Elias Serkis etc are living
[14:] with him they all came
[15:] to settle & deliver their
[16:] Liquorice to him;

[17:] We left at 7 & went to
[18:] Rufails place & dined &
[19:] slept there, on the top of
[20:] the house, no breeze &
[21:] calm but not so warm
[22:] & disagreable;

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6 Thursd

1899

July

[1:] Light breeze or Calm
[2:] weather & warm, it
[3:] appears as if the Bareh
[4:] wind is dying away;

[5:] At 7 Am I came on
[6:] board; the mail Str.
[7:] Kilwa arrived last night
[8:] at about [strikeout] P.m.
[9:] at the Quarantine;

[10:] I sent my servant Hamadi to
[11:] G. Asfar who brought me the
[12:] 70 TLiras also ½ Lira for the
[13:] stamps & the bond renewed
[14:] for an other year beginning
[15:] from 1st Rabi Awal or
[16:] 9 July this month;

[17:] At 11 ½ the S. Shahristan
[18:] for Asfar & Co left, Ahmed
[19:] Pasha son of Kassim Zheir
[20:] & the Aide de Camp who
[21:] accompanied him left
[22:] in her for Constantinople
[23:] after his 3 months
[24:] leave allowed him

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[1:] by the Turkish Government,
[2:] he had come down with
[3:] us on the 21 April;
[4:] At about 1 P.M. the weather
[5:] became very warm & calm
[6:] & a light breeze shifted to
[7:] the S. East, it then became
[8:] unbearable, the Ship was
[9:] burning hot, Lots of
[10:] people came on board
[11:] friends & others, it became
[12:] so suffocating & warm
[13:] the perspiration was so
[14:] much that I was wet
[15:] all through; what a change
[16:] of weather, it like a warm
[17:] bath;~ we received the
[18:] mails at 4 P.M;

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Basreh to Baghdad [6 JUL 1899 -- V049_19_N] (//)

Passg Okes G.S.P. Local Draft
159 ½ 193,309 20483 ½ 4,,5

[2:] At 5,,15 P.M. we got
[3:] underway & proceeded,
[4:] it became worse, the
[5:] heat, light S. Est. and
[6:] Calm, impossible to
[7:] stop in the Cabin; It
[8:] was impossible to sleep in bed
[9:] from the suffocation, we
[10:] have 4 1st Class passengers
[11:] also sleeping up with us;

[12:] At 11,,50 landed 2 passengers
[13:] at Gorna & went on at 11,55
[14:] Weather still very calm
[15:] & the direction of the breeze
[16:] is N. Est & Est~

7th Frid

1899

July

Birth day of my son Alexander

[A49_238_21:166]

[A49_239_08:167]

1899

July

1899

July

[17:] Very light S. Erly breeze &
[18:] warm~ At 4,,10 am
[19:] passed Azair; disgusting
[20:] weather swetting awfully,

[21:] Today being the birth
[22:] day of my son Alexander
[23:] born in 1878, he has

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[1:] now finished his 21st year
[2:] & entered in his majority
[3:] he is still at large and
[4:] we do not know where
[5:] he is but most likely is
[6:] still in London, his foolish
[7:] behaviour toward us causes
[8:] great grief & sorrow,
[9:] & we do not know when
[10:] he is going to come to
[11:] his senses & return to
[12:] his father & mother;

[13:] I finished with the passengers
[14:] tickets we have in all 75 ½
[15:] (4 in 1st Class 2 young
[16:] Europeans one is called
[17:] Herbert Nathan a Jew
[18:] English merchant & coming
[19:] to try his luck in Baghdad
[20:] for a year, he belongs to
[21:] the house of Mr. Rickie
[22:] who was here last year

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[1:] for a few months;~
[2:] The other one is a french
[3:] man belonging to the Persian
[4:] Imperial Bank coming
[5:] from Bushire & going
[6:] to Tabriz, the 2 others
[7:] are Turks the Moodai el
[8:] Umum, Izzet Effendi who
[9:] went down with us in
[10:] the [strikeout] beginning of last month,
[11:] & the other is the accountant
[12:] of the Public Debts called
[13:] Hussein Ferid & is
[14:] Messing with us)

[15:] At 8,,50 am we came
[16:] to the Shoal at Nafikh
[17:] only 3 draaz water, The
[18:] S.S. Phrat & Barge are here
[19:] she damaged her rudder
[20:] in backing & she is now
[21:] repairing it, ahead of
[22:] us. We took anchors
[23:] ahead & kept heaving over
[24:] close along the Eastern
[25:] bank; very warm

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[1:] sultry & light S. Erly breeze

[2:] At 12 am the S.S. Ressafah
[3:] came down & anchored
[4:] up above & sent to sound;
[5:] We kept heaving over
[6:] Breeze shifted to westward,

[7:] At 2 P.M. we hove over
[8:] & proceeded passing the
[9:] Phrat & Ressafah both
[10:] at anchor;

[11:] At 2,,55 P.M. passed Kalat
[12:] Saleh; westerly breeze but
[13:] very hot & sultry;~

[14:] At 7,,35 P.M. arrived
[15:] at Amara landed 10
[16:] passengers, & 9 packages
[17:] & Date branches for Lynch’s
[18:] Wool Press; Light S. Erly
[19:] & warm weather;
[20:] We took no Coal, & shipped
[21:] 7 Bales; they have had it
[22:] very warm here too~

[23:] At 8,,50 left Amara

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[1:] Light S. Erly breeze &
[2:] very hot;~

[3:] At 9,,30 a Native Boat
[4:] laden with grain sailing
[5:] down to our Port Sides,
[6:] run us down striking the
[7:] Ship’s Kitchen on the Port
[8:] side & smashing the whole
[9:] wood work & bending
[10:] about 3 angle iron of the
[11:] frame in a fearful manner
[12:] our new 2nd mate Mr. Smart
[13:] & the Steerman Selman
[14:] (brother of Mahmood our
[15:] Pilot a stupid & ignorant
[16:] man who the Captain tolerate
[17:] for his brothers sake) were
[18:] on the Bridge at the time,
[19:] we anchored & our Boat
[20:] went with the Captain etc
[21:] to the Boat they found
[22:] she has had no damage
[23:] to herself but her Nacodah
[24:] & some of the Crew had
[25:] run away on seeing the
[26:] Boat coming to them

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[1:] At 10,,5 we weighed
[2:] and proceeded;

[3:] Wind shifted to N. West
[4:] at about 9 P.M. & we felt
[5:] better a little, the wind
[6:] is not cool, but we are
[7:] glad to get it coming
[8:] against us, the moisture
[9:] & great heat disappeared

8 Satur Th @ 4,,86

[10:] Light N.W. & fine~
[11:] Weather not so refreshing
[12:] but there is great difference
[13:] in the atmosphere~

[14:] Gave tickets to 25 ½
[15:] Amara passengers~

[16:] At 8,,35 landed 6 Passengers
[17:] at Ali Gherbi & took 6
[18:] & went on at 8,,45;
[19:] Wind freshning up and
[20:] blowing hot;

[21:] At 2 P.M. landed 1
[22:] passenger below Sheikh
[23:] Saad, & then picked

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[1:] 4 passengers from the
[2:] Goffa at Sheikh Saad;

[3:] At 8,,50 P.M. arrived
[4:] at Coot landed 6 ½ Passeng.
[5:] and 3 Bales, took in 5 Tons
[6:] of Coal;~

[7:] At 11,,10 Proceeded form
[8:] Coot after having been
[9:] detained about ½ hour
[10:] just opposite the village
[11:] in finding out the Channel,

9 Sund

1899

July

[12:] Modte N.W. & fine weather
[13:] Detained at Um el Ajaj;
[14:] from 4,,45 am till 5
[15:] in shoal water~

[16:] Gave tickets to 47 ½ Coot
[17:] Passengers; (one in 2nd
[18:] Class Yousif Hannosh Tessey
[19:] who came down with us
[20:] this voyage to buy wool
[21:] at Coot)

[22:] Detained at Mehdi in
[23:] finding Channel from

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[1:] 6,,30 till 7 am~

[2:] At 8,,0 passed Memlah,
[3:] wind got up blowing Strong
[4:] N.W. & dusty in the afternoon
[5:] and hot wind;

[6:] At 5 P.M. passed
[7:] Azizieh;~ Detained at
[8:] Sened in Shoal water ½
[9:] hour ~ Light N.W. and
[10:] fine weather;

[11:] At 8,,50 P.M. passed
[12:] Baghdadieh Fort;
[13:] detained 10 minutes near the
[14:] Fort & went on; Strong
[15:] N.W. wind, I could not Sleep
[16:] on the upper deck from
[17:] the Strong wind & went into
[18:] my Cabin at 11 ½;

Mond 10

1899

July

Medool widow of Tanton Kasperkhan died on 2nd July ~

[A49_247_11:168]

1899

July

[A49_248_07:169]

[19:] At 1,,30 am we had
[20:] to anchor at Nahar
[21:] Shehail (Bottom of Ledge)

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[1:] the place here has got bad
[2:] & shoal, the Khalifah
[3:] is aground further up;
[4:] Sand banks in the middle
[5:] of the river~ at 5 am
[6:] sent to sound, found no
[7:] water 2 & 2 ½ draaz,
[8:] At 6 we weighed and
[9:] Steamed up to west bank
[10:] just below the Khalifah
[11:] she is on the East Bank
[12:] at Ledge; we went alongside
[13:] the bank and commenced
[14:] discharging Cargo~
[15:] received a letter from
[16:] Henry he says that they
[17:] arrived here yesterday at
[18:] 10 am & found no water
[19:] except the one in midstream
[20:] between two islands
[21:] where there are only 2 ¼
[22:] draaz (3 feet 4) we are
[23:] drawing 4 feet 5~
[24:] the Khalifah has only

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[1:] about 76000 Okes they
[2:] worked but could not get
[3:] over; Henry tells me
[4:] that Medool wife of
[5:] Tanton Kasperkhan &
[6:] sister of Hannosh Asfar
[7:] died on Sunday night
[8:] the 2nd Instt from her illness
[9:] having had the dropsy &
[10:] inflamed Liver, she had
[11:] turned quite black,
[12:] she is about 75 years old
[13:] her two sons Gabriel &
[14:] Rafail & four daughters
[15:] unmarried survive~

[16:] Some of our passengers crossed
[17:] over & went to Baghdad
[18:] also a Tilkefli Tindal
[19:] of the S. Shushan & Capt
[20:] Cowley sent letters with,
[21:] I am sorry, I did not send
[22:] one to Eliza;~

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[1:] We discharged Cargo the whole
[2:] day on the bank & lightned
[3:] the ship to 3,,6;~ The SS.
[4:] Khalifah after having
[5:] discharged in her boat to
[6:] the west bank, at 6 P.M.
[7:] She steamed down and
[8:] rubbed over the shoal &
[9:] came down alright,
[10:] she went alongside the
[11:] bank astern of us to take
[12:] in her cargo;~

[13:] Our two European Passengers
[14:] Mr. Nathan & Mr. Lecoffre
[15:] started to Baghdad they
[16:] engaged two horses from
[17:] the Benî Ajil tribe and
[18:] crossed them over both
[19:] horses for 3 Mejidies and
[20:] they then crossed over at
[21:] 6 ½ P.M. to go on all the
[22:] night; I sent a letter
[23:] with Mr. Lecoffre to

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[1:] my wife, he is going to
[2:] put up in the Hotel of
[3:] Stifan Awannessian;

[4:] Henry came to see me
[5:] for ½ hour, also Omar
[6:] Sherif Effendi the Bimbashy
[7:] of the Sennyeh at Amara
[8:] going down in the Khalifah,
[9:] we remained alongside
[10:] the bank until tomorrow
[11:] morning;~

[12:] Light N.W. breeze & very
[13:] Cool night, I slept in my
[14:] Cabin & found it very nice
[15:] & cool, the breeze being on my
[16:] side ~

11 Tuesd Th @ 4,,75

1899 July

[17:] Light N.W. breeze and
[18:] fine cool weather~

[19:] The Khalifah left at
[20:] about 4 am after shipping
[21:] her Cargo~
[22:] We sent to Sound the
[23:] Channel & found it

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[1:] getting better & deeper,
[2:] the strong current running
[3:] down between the two
[4:] sand banks is carrying
[5:] away the sand; we took
[6:] in few packages from the
[7:] bank; At 6 ¼ we steamed
[8:] up toward the Shoal
[9:] after having marked it;
[10:] We worked over with the
[11:] Engines & got over the
[12:] Shoal at 7 ¼ am~
[13:] Wind increasing and
[14:] blowing fresh;

[15:] At 2,,20 P.M. the S Baghdad
[16:] and Barge came down and
[17:] anchored up, she sent to
[18:] sound & at 4,,15 she
[19:] came & passed through
[20:] the Channel without
[21:] sticking over 3 draaz, it
[22:] is getting better now,

[23:] An empty boat came
[24:] down & we wanted her
[25:] to bring us the cargo from
[26:] the Other ride, they

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[1:] 60 Beshlics for two trips,
[2:] and when we greed to
[3:] pay them that sum they
[4:] changed mind and asked
[5:] 80 & then went away
[6:] by sunset we had & only
[7:] got on board about
[8:] 450 packages out of
[9:] 1112 landed; our men
[10:] kept bringing the Cargo
[11:] in the Launch all the night,
[12:] it takes about 2 hours to
[13:] bring one boat load,

12 Wedn, Therm. @ 4.78, Noon 102, 4 P.M. 108

1899 July

[14:] Very light N.W. Air, but
[15:] not so cool as yesterday,
[16:] I could not sleep well in
[17:] the Cabin last night ~
[18:] At 6 AM a Sakka on his
[19:] donkey came from Baghdad
[20:] with a letter from Mr. Bottomley
[21:] for Capt Cowley; he asks
[22:] him to send all the

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[1:] papers & manifests so as
[2:] to get ready every thing
[3:] for us to discharge etc;
[4:] I wrote a letter to my wife
[5:] also & the Sakka started
[6:] at 6 1/2; he had left Baghdad
[7:] yesterday at 2 P.M.
[8:] & slept the night on the
[9:] way; ~

[10:] We have about 300 Packges
[11:] to bring yet to the Ship;

[12:] At 1,,30 P.M. the S.S.
[13:] Phrat arrived from Basreh
[14:] she made fast alongside
[15:] the bank below where
[16:] our Cargo is landed
[17:] and Sent to sound,
[18:] Today is a hot day with
[19:] modte- hot breeze;

[20:] At 2,,45 the Phrat
[21:] Steamed & passed up
[22:] close along side of us
[23:] there are now 3 & 3 1/2
[24:] draaz of Water;

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[1:] It became very hot in the
[2:] afternoon, the wind died
[3:] away, the Cabin is like
[4:] a furnace; a light
[5:] S. Westerly breeze & very hot
[6:] at 6 P.M.~ We are
[7:] still getting the Cargo from
[8:] the Other side about a
[9:] mile distant by our Launch
[10:] towed up by a rope made
[11:] fast to the Ship and
[12:] worked by the Steam winch,

[13:] At 8 1/4 P.M. we got the last
[14:] Boat load of cargo from
[15:] the bank; very light-
[16:] air & warm; ~

[17:] At 8,,35 P.M. We
[18:] Got underway & proceeded
[19:] from Ledje~ Weather
[20:] warm with light N.W. breeze

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[1:] At 12 P.M. we grounded
[2:] at Semreh reach the
[3:] current being very strong &
[4:] narrow & the ship turned
[5:] broad side on, Took out
[6:] an anchor right ahead
[7:] & remained for the night
[8:] without heaving on, so
[9:] see perhaps the current
[10:] might shift her position,

[11:] The S.S. Phrat is aground
[12:] just ahead of us

13 Thursd, Therm. @ 4.81

1899 July

1899

[13:] Light N.W. & fine, We
[14:] Kept heaving but she
[15:] wont move, the current
[16:] running under her
[17:] bottom very strong,

[18:] The Phrat left at
[19:] 6 & steamed up~

[20:] At 9 P.M. we hove off
[21:] and proceeded, wind freshning
[22:] up;

[23:] At 10,,30 passed
[24:] Ctesiphon; fresh dusty

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[1:] and hot wind;~

[2:] At 12 we came up to
[3:] the S.S. Phrat aground &
[4:] sounding at Jaffer,
[5:] we touched & backed
[6:] and then went on at 0,,45
[7:] P.M.;~

[8:] At 1,,25 P.M. passed
[9:] Diala river;

[10:] At 2,,34 passed Gherrarah
[11:] after opening the Bridge
[12:] for us~

[13:] At 4,,50 P.M. landed
[14:] the mails at the Residency
[15:] & steamed up to the Custum
[16:] House; no steamers are
[17:] here; the Police detained
[18:] communication prevented
[19:] people from coming on
[20:] board for 1/2 hour until
[21:] they overhauled the
[22:] passengers for their Passports

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[1:] I went home saw Eliza,
[2:] also Catterina Yaghchi was
[3:] there; they have had it
[4:] very hot here too last week,
[5:] Pere Pièrre called on us;

[6:] On our arrival here
[7:] we saw all the flagstaffs
[8:] of the foreign Consulates
[9:] half mast; they say
[10:] that the brother of the
[11:] Emperor Nicholas of
[12:] Russia Grand Duke Georges
[13:] died on Monday last;

[14:] At 9 P.M. the S.S. Phrat &
[15:] Barge arrived ~ Artin my
[16:] Nephew also called & left
[17:] at 8 P.M.

[18:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[19:] I have a very bad tooth
[20:] ache since 4 days &
[21:] now it is worse & cannot
[22:] sleep at all; ~

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14’ Frid

July

[A49_256_14:170]

[A49_257_17:171]

[1:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[2:] at 7 AM I called on Sister
[3:] [strikethrough] Medoola & then
[4:] came on board; We
[5:] are not discharging in
[6:] the Barge; I sent money
[7:] to the Office & went on Shore,
[8:] at 10 called on Menusha
[9:] & on the Tanton’s family
[10:] to Condole then on the death
[11:] of their Mother Medool
[12:] who died on the 2d Instt;
[13:] I went home;~ I took
[14:] a bathe cold water, & at
[15:] 3 P.M. called on Sédi
[16:] the wife of Jeboory Asfar
[17:] who came up in the Khalifah
[18:] last time, they are living
[19:] in the house of Naoom
[20:] Serkis close to my house,
[21:] I then called on Antone

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[1:] Marine, saw his wife &
[2:] children; I also called
[3:] on my sister Eliza &
[4:] came home at 6 1/2 P.M.

[5:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[6:] weather;~

15’ Satur, Therm. @ 4.76

1899 July

[7:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[8:] morning, it was very nice
[9:] & cool last night, &
[10:] had to cover myself;

[11:] At 7 AM. came all board,
[12:] We are discharging
[13:] cargo, & will leave
[14:] tomorrow morning,
[15:] I went to breakfast &
[16:] came back at 12 1/2 on
[17:] the way I met Yousif Korkis;
[18:] he said to me that his
[19:] brother Rezooky sends
[20:] him a letter from My
[21:] son Alexander, & it is
[22:] in his office; I sent

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[1:] for it & got it, it is an
[2:] Arabic letter written
[3:] to his mother, he puts
[4:] no place where it is written
[5:] from nor date, he
[6:] complains to us of our
[7:] misbehaviour to him
[8:] & he is very angry why I
[9:] accused him to the Austrian
[10:] Consulate in Paris,
[11:] he says he is in America
[12:] & he is making his livelihood
[13:] & gaining about 500
[14:] Beshlic per month, &
[15:] he hopes of seeing us
[16:] one day; etc etc, he
[17:] has received 200 frcs
[18:] from Rezooki Korkis which
[19:] his mother sent him;
[20:] in Jany this year~

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[1:] At 6 P.M. I went home
[2:] took the letter of Alexander &
[3:] read it to Eliza;~

[4:] Calm & warm weather;

16 Sund, Therm. @ 4.78, Noon 100, 4 P.M. 110

[5:] Light N.W. & fine;
[6:] It got Cool during the night

[7:] At 4 AM. I came on
[8:] board;

Baghdad to Basreh [16 JUL 1899 --- V049_20_S] (//)

1899 July

[A49_260_02:172]

Passg Okes G. S. Piast Draft
133 87,213 15,088 1/4 3,,5

[10:] At 4,,30 AM. we got
[11:] under way & proceeded,
[12:] ship is light we have only
[13:] 66,500 Okes of cargo; ~

[14:] At 6,,45 passed
[15:] Diala river;

[16:] At 8 passed Ctesiphon
[17:] Finished with the passengers
[18:] tickets, we have 106,
[19:] (one in 1st Class the Reys
[20:] of the Sennyeh Mahomed
[21:] Rafik Beg going back
[22:] to his place at Amara

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[1:] Also 4 free (3 Tilkeflies
[2:] by Captain order) ~

[3:] At 9,,50 landed a Jew
[4:] Eliahoo Somekh at Safy
[5:] where he has Liquorice root
[6:] & went on; we passed
[7:] our grounding place at
[8:] Ledge at 11 without grounding
[9:] but just rubbed a little;

[10:] At 1,,40 P.M. passed
[11:] Baghdadieh Fort ~
[12:] Modte N.W. breeze but hot;

[13:] At 3,,50 P.M. passed
[14:] Azizieh Village, Very hot
[15:] day,~ It cooled a little
[16:] down toward evening.

[17:] At 9,,10 P.M. anchored
[18:] at Menlah~

17th Mond, Therm @ 4.79, Noon 107, 4 P.M. 110

1899 July

[A49_262_02:173]

[A49_262_21:174]

1899

[19:] Very light N.W. breeze; ~
[20:] At 4 AM proceeded from
[21:] Menlah~
[22:] The S.S. Ressafah and
[23:] Barge passed up at 2 am;

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[1:] At 4,,30 We grounded
[2:] opposite Bughela took an
[3:] anchor out & hove off,

[4:] At 5,,30 proceeded~
[5:] Very light air from N.W.
[6:] and some clouds on the East
[7:] part;

[8:] At 8,,40 passed the
[9:] Khalifah at Umel Boonny
[10:] going up;

[11:] Weather changing for
[12:] the worst, the breeze is
[13:] shifting to N.Est & Est,
[14:] sultry & hot;

[15:] At 10 AM arrived at
[16:] Coot landed 20 1/2 Passengs
[17:] & 41 Packages shipped
[18:] 200 Cases of Ghee for
[19:] Port Said land 22 Bales
[20:] of Wool from the Press,
[21:] they are little wool
[22:] this year for Shipment,

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[1:] and the produce is
[2:] not half of last year,

[3:] The Press of Eassayi
[4:] is also working in
[5:] opposition to Lynch's,
[6:] they are reducing the
[7:] charges, it was 6 Beshlic
[8:] per Bales, Eassayi made
[9:] it 5~

[10:] I received Henry's letter
[11:] and my papers the St.
[12:] Khalifah had 122,400
[13:] Okes Cargo & about 100
[14:] passengers, Michail
[15:] Yaghchi went up in her;

[16:] At 11,,55 left Coot and
[17:] 12 grounded below the
[18:] village worked with anchors
[19:] in heaving;~

[20:] We took 22 Passengers
[21:] from Coot (2 in 1st Class
[22:] Khorshid Effendi the

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[1:] Kaimakam of Hai
[2:] to Basreh, and Zeky Effendi
[3:] Engineer of the Senyeh to
[4:] Amara)

[5:] At 1,,30 got off and
[6:] proceeded; Very warm day
[7:] Breeze turned to N.W.

[8:] At 5,,40 landed 2 passengs
[9:] at Sheikh Saad (the son of
[10:] Hassan el Jendel & his man)
[11:] Went on at 5,,45;

[12:] It became Very Calm &
[13:] warm by sunset, a very
[14:] light breeze from N.Est;

[15:] At 6,,50 P.M. We rounded
[16:] & came to for the night at
[17:] above Seyd Abbass; a
[18:] broad daylight yet;
[19:] Pilot went to sound Seyd
[20:] Abbass~ Weather rather
[21:] warm & a light Erly
[22:] breeze, the Great heat,
[23:] it appears approaching

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18 Tuesd, Therm @ 4.80, Noon 104, 4 P.M. 111

July

[1:] Light Erly breeze and
[2:] Sultry weather; Clouds
[3:] on the Est & South~

[4:] At 4,,30 AM proceeded
[5:] from Seyd Abbass;~

[6:] At 6,,15 passed Ali
[7:] Gherbi; ~At 10 passed Ali
[8:] Sherghi~

[9:] At 2,,20 P.M. arrived at
[10:] Amara landed 55 Packages
[11:] & 33 passengers (2 of the 1st
[12:] Class)~ We shipped
[13:] 88 Bales of wool from
[14:] the Press, No body is
[15:] pressing at Lynch’s, they
[16:] have have gone to Eassay’s,
[17:] Press here as they have
[18:] also lowered the charge;

[19:] A hot N.W. Wind is
[20:] blowing;~

[21:] At 4,,30 P.M. left Amara
[22:] took 5 passengers~

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[1:] wind died away and
[2:] became very calm and
[3:] misty with some clouds
[4:] on the southern parts;

[5:] At 7,,40 anchored above
[6:] Kalat Saleh~

[7:] Light N.W. air & fine,

19th Wedn, Therm @ 4.82

1899 July

[8:] Light N.W. air & clouds
[9:] on the East & South;

[10:] At 4,,20 AM proceeded,
[11:] & 15 anchored at Nafikh
[12:] & sounded, there are 3 draaz
[13:] We steamed on & grounded
[14:] took out a stern anchor
[15:] & hove off,~ At 6,,35 got
[16:] off and proceeded~

[17:] Detained about 10 minutes
[18:] above and at the Elbow~

[19:] At 9,,5 passed Azair,
[20:] A fine thick dust came
[21:] on & the whole sky is covered
[22:] no sun can be seen

[23:] At 12 passed Gorna

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[1:] The dates here have just
[2:] commenced to become
[3:] yellow;

[4:] At 4,,15 P.M. passed
[5:] the SS. Baghdad & Barge
[6:] going up~

[7:] At 4,,30 arrived at
[8:] Basreh; There is only one
[9:] steamer in Quarantine of
[10:] the Bombay & Persian Gulf,
[11:] S. N. Copy, the Mahomed's
[12:] coming from Jedda
[13:] with some Pilgrims~
[14:] The Mail boat will be
[15:] here tomorrow~

[16:] Rufail & Rezooki came
[17:] to me, I was going with
[18:] them, but when I saw
[19:] they had a Christian friend
[20:] of Rezooki Angoorly
[21:] with them invited

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[1:] their place, I did not
[2:] go & so they went away,

[3:] Jeboory Asfar called on
[4:] me on his way up in
[5:] his Bellem for 1/2 hour;

[6:] There is a light N.W. breeze
[7:] but not refreshing, the
[8:] dust is settling down;

[9:] We coaled ship and
[10:] discharged cargo; ~

[11:] The heat remains at 100˚
[12:] in my cabin at 7 P.M;

20 Thursd, Therm @ 4.86

1899 July

[A49_268_07:175]

[13:] Light N.W. & clouds on
[14:] the East; The night was
[15:] not cool & refreshing;
[16:] We are loading Cargo,
[17:] Weather again getting dusty,
[18:] & warm wind;

[19:] We finished cargo by 5 P.M.
[20:] No sign of the mail steamer,

[21:] Rufail & Rezooki came
[22:] to me & remained till

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[1:] sunset; we have very few
[2:] passengers; but the Ship
[3:] got crowded with the
[4:] Christian Young people
[5:] coming to see Naoom
[6:] Loca & Abkar Apikyan
[7:] going up with us;~

[8:] The dust is so thick that
[9:] we cannot see the bank
[10:] & the heat is intense; I
[11:] cannot stay in the Cabin

[12:] We are awaiting the
[13:] arrival of the mailboat;

[14:] Weather very hazy and
[15:] dusty~

[16:] No sign of the mail
[17:] steamer so we are to
[18:] leave without it;

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Basreh to Baghdad [20 JUL 1899 --- V049_21_N] (//)

Passg Okes G. S. Piast Draft
148 152138 14013 3/4 4,,2

[2:] At 9,,5 P.M. we got under
[3:] way & proceeded~
[4:] Modte N.W. Wind and
[5:] dust disappearing;
[6:] We are loaded down
[7:] to 4,,2 Inches; Wind
[8:] increased at night;

21 Frid, Therm. @ 4.86

1899 July

[A49_271_12:176]

[9:] At 3,,30 AM landed
[10:] 3 passengers at Gorna,
[11:] & went on~

[12:] Fresh N.W. Wind
[13:] but not cool; some Clouds
[14:] again on the East;

[15:] At 7,,50 passed Azair
[16:] Finished with the Passengers
[17:] We have only 69 1/2 (3 are
[18:] in 1st Class, Naoom
[19:] Loca & Abkar son of
[20:] Artin Apikyan in one
[21:] double Cabin, and

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[1:] Mr. Mayle Clerke of
[2:] Muir Tweedi & Co with
[3:] a free Return passage
[4:] by M. Richards the
[5:] Acting Agent of Lynch
[6:] Brothers; and Artin
[7:] son of Naoom Hanna
[8:] Andrea in 2d Class)

[9:] At 11,15 detained at
[10:] Aboo Roba Shoal water
[11:] & could not pass, had
[12:] to take anchors out &
[13:] heave over; Fresh
[14:] N.W. Wind;

[15:] At 3 P.M. we got over
[16:] by heaving up and proceeded

[17:] At 5,,45 landed one
[18:] passenger at Kalat Saleh

[19:] Light N.W. & fine

[20:] At 10,,35 P.M. arrived
[21:] at Amara, landed 8 1/2
[22:] passengers & 18 Bales

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[1:] through & Local Cargo~
[2:] We took 5 Tons of Coal;

22 Satur Therm @ 4.85 Noon 108 4 P.M 110

1899

July

[3:] Fresh N.W. wind & fine

[4:] At 0.10 AM. left Amara

[5:] I had not slept yet from
[6:] the noise & strong wind
[7:] had to come down to my
[8:] Cabin;

[9:] At 6.15 A.M. passed Ali
[10:] Sherghi~

[11:] Gave tickets to 42 ½ Passeng
[12:] from Amara (one in
[13:] 1st Class Cabin Nejib Beg
[14:] a Young person who had
[15:] married the daughter of Mostapha
[16:] Pasha late motserrif of
[17:] Amara last year);
[18:] Wind got up & blowing
[19:] hot;

[20:] At 11,, 40 AM. landed
[21:] 6 1/2 passengers at Ali Gherbi
[22:] took one & went on at
[23:] 11,,45~ Strong hot wind
[24:] blowing~

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[1:] At 1,, 15 P.M. we anchored
[2:] on account of strong wind
[3:] & clouds of dust came;
[4:] we furled all awnings~

[5:] At 2,, 35 Proceeded,
[6:] wind blowing strong & hot;

[7:] At 4.15 anchored at
[8:] Seyd Abbass & sent to sound,
[9:] The S.S. Baghdad upward
[10:] bound & some Boats are
[11:] here aground ahead;
[12:] Wind falling; at 6 ¼
[13:] we steamed up to the shoal
[14:] there are 3 draaz, the Baghdad
[15:] is aground on our right
[16:] side; a Boat loaded
[17:] with Liquorice root has
[18:] sunk close to the West
[19:] bank, her people have
[20:] left her, & the Arabs are
[21:] taking away the liquorice

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[1:] to their Camp for fuel
[2:] to burn;~ we took
[3:] out an Anchor ahead,
[4:] hove on & took an other one,
[5:] The Baghdad got off and
[6:] proceeded at 9;

[7:] At 9,, 15 we got over and
[8:] proceeded & passed the Str.
[9:] Baghdad~

[10:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[11:] weather;

23 Sund Therm @ 4.87

1899

July

1899

July

[12:] Light N.W. breeze and
[13:] fine weather; we had
[14:] 3 passengers for Sheikh
[15:] Saad, but they landed
[16:] at Seyd Abbass yesterday
[17:] while we were aground;

[18:] At 6,,35 AM. anchored
[19:] below Coot reach and
[20:] sent to sound; ~ Found
[21:] no water enough, marked
[22:] the place & took anchors
[23:] out & hove, two Boats

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[1:] also aground here, they
[2:] say at Coot is also bad
[3:] there are 2 draaz & they
[4:] had to discharge their
[5:] Liquorice Bales; we
[6:] are again laden too
[7:] deep having nearly
[8:] 200 Tons of cargo and
[9:] drawing 4 feet 2;

[10:] Wind blowing strong N.W.
[11:] & get hot;

[12:] they worked on heaving
[13:] all the time over the shade,

[14:] At 1,,15 P.M. got over
[15:] and proceeded to Coot,
[16:] when we arrived at 1,,20
[17:] landed 9 ½ passengers

[18:] The S.S. Phrat is up above
[19:] coming down & has sent
[20:] to sound opposite Coot,

[21:] I saw Shekoory Sayegh
[22:] here, he came in the

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[1:] Phrat about 3 hours
[2:] ago, he has been sent down
[3:] to overhaul a Boat loaded
[4:] with Sugar for Berk
[5:] Puttman & having got
[6:] damaged, they have paid
[7:] him 6 Liras for his trouble
[8:] he says that Semrah
[9:] reach is bad they were
[10:] 30 hours aground there
[11:] having left Baghdad
[12:] on Thursday morning,

[13:] We took no coal;
[14:] sounded opposite Coot,
[15:] the place is bad, we
[16:] left at 2,, 30 & steamed
[17:] on to the Shoal and
[18:] touched; took anchors
[19:] ahead & hove on, two anchors
[20:] were taken on the Starboard
[21:] & Port & kept taking
[22:] them further ahead &
[23:] hove she went up,

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[1:] gradually & slow;~

[2:] The islands have appeared
[3:] & the water is dispersed
[4:] among so many of them

[5:] At 8,,30 we hove over and
[6:] had hardly steamed up
[7:] passed the Islands to the
[8:] opposite side when we
[9:] again touched a Shoal and
[10:] could not pass, took an
[11:] anchor ahead & hove and
[12:] by 10 P.M. they knocked
[13:] off and all went to Sleep;

[14:] The Baghdad came up
[15:] to the shoal below Coot

24 Mond Therm @ 4.82

[A49_277_10:177]

1899

July

[16:] Light N.W. breeze and
[17:] fine with some clouds on
[18:] the East; At 4 ½ AM they
[19:] begun to work , she floated
[20:] & rounded & again struck,
[21:] the steering chain broke
[22:] aft, the block parted,
[23:] they repaired it~

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[1:] The S.S. Phrat is still up
[2:] above us;~

[3:] At 7. AM we finished &
[4:] proceeded from opposite
[5:] Coot; wind freshening
[6:] up, no awnings for the
[7:] passengers since three days
[8:] most of them below;

[9:] We took 35 ½ Passengers
[10:] from Coot, (one in 1st Class
[11:] Haje Selman H. Dowd)

[12:] Very strong wind, hot &
[13:] dusty blowing;

[14:] At 0,,15 P.M. met the
[15:] S.S. Khalifah coming
[16:] down at top of Um el
[17:] Ajaj reach, stopped and
[18:] sent our through specie
[19:] to her to give it to the
[20:] Mail steamer;
[21:] sent Henry letter and
[22:] papers; he wrote to me
[23:] to say they have about
[24:] 6200 Okes & 80 passeng

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[1:] none in Cabins, they left
[2:] yesterday morning &
[3:] grounded only at Semreh
[4:] about 3 hours~

[5:] We went on at 0,, 25
[6:] P.M. Very strong wind &
[7:] dusty;

[8:] At 2,, 10 P.M. Stopped & picked
[9:] on board a passenger at
[10:] Mehdi coming from Coot
[11:] on horse back; very strong
[12:] wind & dust flying; it
[13:] begun to fall a little
[14:] at 4 P.M.;

[15:] Detained 10 minutes in Shoal
[16:] water at Bughela;

[17:] At 4,, 10 passed Memlah
[18:] Detained at Sheresh 10 minutes
[19:] in shoal water;
[20:] Wind died away & a light
[21:] N.W. breeze~

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25 Tuesd Therm @ 4.83 Noon 4 P.M.

1899

July

[1:] At 0,,25 AM passed
[2:] Azizieh~ at 1 AM touched
[3:] at Raddat, sent to sound
[4:] and at about 2,, 30 we
[5:] went on~ Light N.W.
[6:] breeze & fine~

[7:] At 5,, 5 AM. passed
[8:] Baghdadieh Port;~

[9:] A Mahomedan woman
[10:] passenger, yet confined on
[11:] board last night of a
[12:] son, near the door of
[13:] my Cabin; I was asleep
[14:] on the upper deck~

[15:] At 10, passed the Shoal
[16:] at Ledje where we were
[17:] detained last voyage,
[18:] lost 5 minutes on rubbing
[19:] over three draaz water,

[20:] Wind not so strong
[21:] today, we spred the
[22:] awnings, ~

[23:] At 1 P.M. we arrived
[24:] at Seyafyeh opposite

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[1:] Semreh reach, where
[2:] the Shoal place is, we
[3:] went alongside the high
[4:] West bank and sent to
[5:] sound; Pilot found a Channel
[6:] on the East bank along
[7:] the shoal sand bank of
[8:] Semreh of 2 ¾ & 3 draaz
[9:] & marked it; we dropped
[10:] down & steamed on to it
[11:] at 3 ½; They kept working,
[12:] in taking out anchors ahead
[13:] and heaving over, she
[14:] moved up very slow,
[15:] and they took & shifted
[16:] anchors until 9 P.M. and
[17:] knocked off, & went to Sleep;
[18:] I remained to Sleep in my
[19:] Cabin; thinking we were
[20:] going to get off & proceed
[21:] The breez only coming

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[1:] through my wind(?) it being
[2:] on the Port side, so that
[3:] I got very little of it, and
[4:] felt it very warm and
[5:] could not sleep, I
[6:] swetted much;

26 Wedn Therm @ 4.78

1899

July

[7:] Light N.W. & cool morning
[8:] at 5 AM they begun to
[9:] heave & she got over~

[10:] At 6 we proceeded form
[11:] Seyafyeh;

[12:] At 6,, 45 passed Ctesiphon
[13:] At 8 passed the S.S. Ressafah
[14:] & Barge going down at
[15:] Zumbaranyeh Island;

[16:] At 9,, 20 passed Diala
[17:] river; ~

[18:] At 10,, 30 I landed at
[19:] Gherrarah & walked to
[20:] town; the weather not being
[21:] so hot at the beginning,
[22:] but it became so at
[23:] 11 & heat from the

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[1:] ground was great, there
[2:] is a modte winds and
[3:] clouds of dust coming
[4:] against me in the road,
[5:] I took rest & washed my
[6:] fase on the way home,
[7:] I arrived home at 12
[8:] saw Eliza she is well,
[9:] no letters at all for me

[10:] The Mejidieh arrived
[11:] at 1 P.M.;~ Antone Marine,
[12:] Shekoory Andrea, Johny,
[13:] & Artin called on us in
[14:] the evening~

[15:] Light N.W. & fine,
[16:] I took a cold bath;

Thurs 27

[A49_283_03:178]

[A49_283_11:179]

1899

July

[A49_284_03:180]

[17:] Light N.W. & fine weather
[18:] at 7 AM called on Sister
[19:] Medula & then came
[20:] on board;

Page 283:

[1:] The Mejidieh is discharging
[2:] cargo~ at 10 I went on
[3:] shore, called on Monseigneur
[4:] Altmayer but he is unwell
[5:] & could not be seen. I saw
[6:] Père Augustin, he told me
[7:] that the banker of Monsgr.
[8:] Altmayer in Paris has
[9:] received the 300 frcs from
[10:] the Austrian Consul which
[11:] I had sent through the
[12:] German Consul here to
[13:] get Alexander my son
[14:] sent from Paris to Baghdad
[15:] & he has got the money
[16:] here which he will send
[17:] me this amount to day,

[18:] I called on my Sister Eliza
[19:] for an hour & came home
[20:] Hot weather but windy

[21:] At 3 P.M. called on Antone
[22:] Marine at the Residency

Page 284:

[1:] for a letter which he asked
[2:] me to write for him to the
[3:] Jesuite father Chekho
[4:] at the university of Beyrouth
[5:] as a recommendation
[6:] for his son Gabriel who
[7:] is now in that College
[8:] studying~ I went to
[9:] Lynch’s Office but Mr.
[10:] Bottomley had not come
[11:] yet & so I came on board,
[12:] we are shipping &
[13:] discharging cargo;

[14:] At 6 I went home~
[15:] Pere Augustin sent me the
[16:] 300 frcs in Mejidies 70 ¼
[17:] which Monsgr. Altmayer
[18:] got from Paris~

[19:] The Damascus Post
[20:] arrived, I only received

Page 285:

[1:] a letter from Schweiger
[2:] & one form the Handelsmuseum

[3:] Light air & rather
[4:] warm~

28 Frid

1899

July

[A49_286_05:181]

[5:] Light Northerly air
[6:] & warm~

[7:] The SS. Baghdad arrived
[8:] at about 2 AM;

[9:] At 7 I came on board,
[10:] and left at 9 called on
[11:] Menusha for one hour
[12:] & then went to Lynch’s Office
[13:] for some pounds from
[14:] Mr. Bottomley; I left
[15:] at 10 ½, called on
[16:] the Assyrian Bishop
[17:] Aghnatius & on Catherina
[18:] Yaghchi & Louisa my
[19:] niece~ at 11 ½
[20:] I called on Père Pièrre
[21:] the Superior father and
[22:] paid him the balance

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[1:] of my debt to him on
[2:] account of my son
[3:] Alexander to whom
[4:] he had advanced
[5:] against my will frcs 1,350
[6:] I had paid him before 40
[7:] TLiras @ 23 Frcs = 920 &
[8:] now I gave him 19 Liras
[9:] equal to 437 for total 1357
[10:] I took from all the
[11:] receipts of Alexander
[12:] 6 in number~

[13:] It became very warm
[14:] today, No wind & hot;
[15:] Sister Medula called at
[16:] 3 P.M., I called on Antone
[17:] Marine at 5 & came
[18:] home, Calm & sultry
[19:] warm weather~
[20:] all the night was warm

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29’ Satur

1899

July

[1:] Light air & Sultry warm,
[2:] a light Easterly breeze
[3:] came on at 5 ½;~

[4:] At 7 I came on board;
[5:] we are discharging and
[6:] shipping cargo; It is
[7:] very calm & warm weather
[8:] we are not taking more
[9:] than 89 tons cargo or
[10:] about 65000 Okes;

[11:] At 11 went home & came
[12:] back at 2 P.M. the Custum
[13:] of the hot weather;
[14:] House is closed from 12
[15:] till 2 P.M. on account
[16:] of the hot weather;

[17:] We finished at 5 P.M. and
[18:] hauled off, having 85,000
[19:] Okes Cargo on board;

[20:] At 6 I went home;
[21:] Artin my Nephew called
[22:] for an hour;

[23:] Light N.W. & rather
[24:] warm at night;

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[1:] Light N.W. air, it was warm
[2:] all the night;

30 Sund Th@ 4.80

[3:] At 4 AM I came on
[4:] board;

Baghdad to Basreh [30 JUL 1899 --- V049_22_S] (//)

[A49_289_05:182]

[A49_289_16:183]

[A49_289_19:184]

[A49_289_21:185]

1899

July

Passg Okes G.S. Piast Draft
133 111,040 18655 ½ 3,,6

[6:] At 4,,25 AM we proceeded
[7:] Light N.W. & fine;
[8:] At 6 passed through the
[9:] Bridge of Gherrarah~

[10:] At 6,,35 passed Diala
[11:] river;

[12:] At 8 passed Ctesiphon,
[13:] At 8,,30 anchored to sound
[14:] at Seyafyeh; at 9,,35
[15:] proceeded over the shoal, we
[16:] touched & worked her with
[17:] the Engines & went on
[18:] at 10,,15, the Steamer
[19:] is light, drawing 3,,6 Inches,

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[1:] Light N.W. wind~

[2:] At 3,, 20 P.M. passed
[3:] Baghdadieh Fort, we
[4:] steamed between the west
[5:] bank & the wreck of the
[6:] Dijleh Steamer, her
[7:] Iron Paddle box frame
[8:] & casing on the Boiler
[9:] are out of the water;

[10:] We have in all 150 ½
[11:] passengers (5 in 1st Class,
[12:] Mr.Mayle of the Persian
[13:] Gulf Trading returning free,
[14:] Haroon Gareh & his
[15:] wife,Abdulrezack son
[16:] of Sleman Zheir coming
[17:] from Constple and a
[18:] Nejidy woman the daughter
[19:] of Assafy; & 2 in 2nd
[20:] Class the mother & Sister
[21:] of Dowd Birjony to
[22:] Amara & his brother
[23:] Selim on Lower Deck)

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[1:] Detained 15 minutes above
[2:] Azizieh in shoal water;

[3:] At 5,,55 P.M. passed
[4:] the S.S. Khalifah going up
[5:] just at Azizieh village,

[6:] At 8,,10 we anchored
[7:] for the night at the top of
[8:] Shedeif reach~ Light
[9:] N.W. breeze~

31 Mond Therm @ 4.86 Noon 109 4 P.M. 118

1899

Augst

[10:] Erly wind & clouds are
[11:] spreading on the East and
[12:] South; Today is the first
[13:] of the Bahoora heat,

[14:] At 4,,15 AM. proceeded
[15:] At 6 grounded at Deboony
[16:] sounded & took an anchor
[17:] out astern & hove off;

[18:] wind freshening up from
[19:] the East & blowing strong,
[20:] we took anchor ahead
[21:] & got her in deep water

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[1:] and the Chain could not reach
[2:] the ship had to send a rope &
[3:] worked in picking the Stern
[4:] anchor,~

[5:] At 10,,15 we proceeded
[6:] from Deboony; Hot wind
[7:] blowing it is 108˚~

[8:] At 11,,45 passed Memlah,
[9:] hot wind & very disagreable
[10:] weather;

[11:] Wind coming as hot as a
[12:] furnace, the Therm went up
[13:] to 118˚ on the quarter deck
[14:] under double awnings
[15:] at 3 ½ P.M. it is so scorching
[16:] the wind coming from
[17:] the hot desert;~

[18:] At 5 P.M. anchored above
[19:] Coot & sent to sound, between
[20:] two sand banks above
[21:] the village found 3 ½ &
[22:] 4 Draaz weighed
[23:] & steamed through it
[24:] but on emerging out

Page 292:

[1:] to the East bank, she touched
[2:] & went against the bank
[3:] & her Stern inside, took
[4:] out an anchor astern
[5:] & hove her out; at 6
[6:] got off & proceeded &

[7:] At 6,,00 anchored along
[8:] Side at Coot, landed
[9:] 46 ½ passengers and
[10:] 53 packages; I received
[11:] Henry’s letter 7 my Papers,
[12:] The Khalifah had shipped only
[13:] 99,000 Okes of cargo, and
[14:] had few passengers about
[15:] 80; ~ Shekoory Sayegh
[16:] is still here he came to
[17:] me, saying that he had not
[18:] yet finished with the Boat
[19:] load of Asfar’s Sugar
[20:] which some had turned
[21:] out damaged, he is going
[22:] up with us ~

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[1:] We shipped only 66 Bales
[2:] of wool from the Press,
[3:] out of 120 there are ready,
[4:] We remained for the night,
[5:] Very light N. Erly breeze,
[6:] but the night was not so
[7:] unpleasant;

1st Tuesd Therm@ 4.83 Noon 107

1899 Augst

[8:] Light N. Erly breeze &
[9:] Clouds on the East and
[10:] coming over Northward,

[11:] sent to sound of below
[12:] Coot, at 5,,15 am we
[13:] proceeded, touched the Shoal
[14:] and got off; Gave tickets
[15:] to 14 Coot passengers

[16:] Breeze shifted to S. Erly
[17:] & became very hot & unpleasant,

[18:] At 11,,20 anchored to
[19:] sound at Seyd Abbass
[20:] & left at 0,,5 P.M.

[21:] At 2,,15 P.M. sent the
[22:] Boat at Ali Gherbi to
[23:] get the Certifyed Paper

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[1:] from Khdeir & his brother
[2:] Jebara, about the Boat
[3:] which run into us last
[4:] two voyages, took 4 passengers
[5:] and went on at 2,,20;

[6:] It became very hot, the
[7:] breeze fell & a light S. Erly
[8:] breeze, every thing is as hot
[9:] as fire in my Cabin, the
[10:] Therm. was 108 at sunset
[11:] in my Cabin; ~

[12:] At 9.50 P.M. arrived at
[13:] Amara landed 44 Passeng
[14:] and 47 packages; Shipped
[15:] only 133 Bales of wool
[16:] out of 233 ready pressed,
[17:] Took 3 Tons of Coal,
[18:] Weather warm I could
[19:] not sleep, the air being
[20:] very light S. Estly and
[21:] not refreshing at all,

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2 Wedn Therm@ 4.78

1899 Augst

[1:] Very light air from N. Est,

[2:] At 4,,30 AM. we left
[3:] Amara, It became very
[4:] Calm & oppressive, Breeze
[5:] from East sprung up,
[6:] Took 4 ½ passengers from
[7:] Amara ; A light S.
[8:] Erly breeze set in but
[9:] moisty;

[10:] At 8,,35 anchored at
[11:] Nafikh & sent to sound, found
[12:] 2 ½ draaz; at 9,,10 we
[13:] proceeded, but grounded
[14:] in the Channel, across the
[15:] river; Took an anchor
[16:] hove over into deep water

[17:] At 10,,10 proceeded ~
[18:] Breeze shifted to North West
[19:] at 11 ½ but is very hot &
[20:] moist

[21:] At 0,,50 P.M. landed
[22:] 5 Passengers at Azair (2
[23:] with R. Ticket from Coot)
[24:] went on at 0,,55 P.M.

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[1:] At 4 P.M. landed a
[2:] passenger at Gorna
[3:] (booked for Basreh) ~

[4:] Very hot the ship is
[5:] burning, & the heat so
[6:] moist, the N.W. air
[7:] being behind us;

[8:] At 6,,30 P.M. passed
[9:] the SS. Phrat & Barge going
[10:] up at top of Kteban reach,
[11:] Breeze Northerly, but the
[12:] ship is boiling hot, it is
[13:] impossible to stay in
[14:] the Cabin for a minute;
[15:] thick Clouds on the
[16:] Eastern horizon;

[17:] At 8,,15 arrived
[18:] at Basreh, Light South
[19:] Erly breeze, It has been
[20:] very hot here too they
[21:] say, but today was

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[1:] worse; I sent Rufail’s
[2:] letter & Kit to him, and
[3:] I remained on board, a
[4:] light S. Erly breeze and
[5:] very unpleasant & dampy
[6:] weather ~

3 Thursd Therm@ 4.86 Noon 106 4 P.M. 112

1899 Augst

1899 Augst

[7:] Very light S. Erly, dampy
[8:] & warm, clouds are
[9:] covering the sky ~
[10:] at 5 ½ A.M. I went to see
[11:] Rufail in his Belem sent
[12:] for me I had tea there,
[13:] I saw Tookyeh & her
[14:] husband, Yousif Marine
[15:] & Rezooki etc;

[16:] I received from Rufail
[17:] the interest on my money
[18:] due on the 6 of R. Thani
[19:] (about 11 August) it is 75 TL.
[20:] Rufail would not pay it
[21:] to me until it is due &
[22:] as I shall be away, I
[23:] forfeited 5 TL. in order
[24:] to pay it to me now,

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[1:] he paid me the 75 Liras but
[2:] I returned to him 5 &
[3:] Kept 70 only ~ at 7
[4:] I came back to the Ship
[5:] with Rezooki Sayegh;

[6:] The S.S. Goolistan for
[7:] Asfar & the S.S. Julia Park
[8:] for G. Mackenzie are here
[9:] in Quarantine; we are
[10:] going to tow a Barge up
[11:] laden with Cargo;
[12:] Very hot & oppressive
[13:] Breeze dropping down to a
[14:] dead calm & shifting to
[15:] North & N.W. but very
[16:] warm & oppressive; ~

[17:] The Mail Str Pemba has
[18:] passed Fao at 8 am;

[19:] We are lightning the
[20:] Barge which we are to
[21:] tow down to 2 feet 6 Inches
[22:] we shipped also cargo

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[1:] & loaded her down to 3,,8
[2:] Cowley is in a great funk
[3:] about towing the Barge
[4:] in this low season;

[5:] Rezooki Sayegh & Rezooki
[6:] Angoorly came to me,

[7:] The heat is most intense,
[8:] at 5 P.M. the Mail Str
[9:] Pemba arrived to quarantine
[10:] we sent for the mails,
[11:] & are preparing ropes
[12:] & Gears to tow the Barge,

[13:] Very light air from
[14:] N.W. & S. Est & calm;
[15:] a most unpleasant &
[16:] warm weather, the
[17:] worst I have seen yet

[18:] We received the mail at
[19:] 7 ½ P.M. ~

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Basreh to Baghdad [3 AUG 1899 --- V049_23_N] (//) With Barge in tow (//)

[A49_300_05:186]

Passeg Okes G. S. P. Local Draft / Barge
118 ½ 165,040 12,372 ¼ 3,7 / 2,,6

[3:] At 8,,30 we hove up &
[4:] proceeded, Light S. Wly
[5:] breeze; the Barge is
[6:] drawing 2,,6, & the Steamer
[7:] 3,,7 ~ we are going Slow

[8:] Light S.W. & warm,
[9:] it became cooler later at
[10:] night;

4 Frid Therm@ 4.84

[A49_301_01:187]

1899 Augst

[11:] Light N.W. & clouds
[12:] again came on on the East,

[13:] At 4,,30 am passed
[14:] Gorna ~

[15:] We have altogether only
[16:] 35 passengers ( one in
[17:] 1st Class Meneshi Mathalon
[18:] a Jew & is messing at the
[19:] table with us, & one are 2d
[20:] Class, Rezooki son of Yousif

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[1:] Naman a clerk at Berk
[2:] Puttman),

[3:] Very light N.W. breeze and
[4:] getting very hot,

[5:] At 9,,50 took the 2 Return
[6:] Jews from Azair for
[7:] Coot & went on at 9,,55,

[8:] up till 3 P.M. we arrived
[9:] to the Elbow, 5 hours from
[10:] Azair we have been going
[11:] very slow, although the
[12:] Engines going full power
[13:] but the speed is slow
[14:] on account of the narrow=
[15:] ness of the river and
[16:] both Steamer & Barge
[17:] are sucking in the water,

[18:] Detained 45 minutes in going
[19:] round the Elbow;

[20:] It took us from 4 to 6 P.M.
[21:] to get to Aboo Roba, going
[22:] slow & the river being so
[23:] narrow for both Steamer
[24:] & Barge; The heat

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[1:] is most intense, no air
[2:] at all & so warm, the
[3:] perspiration running
[4:] down profiously ~

[5:] At 7 P.M. we anchored
[6:] just above Aboo Roba
[7:] Tomb; Very Calm and
[8:] as warm as a hot bath;
[9:] I found myself up till midnight
[10:] when it became a little
[11:] dryier ~

5 Satur Therm@ 4.81 Noon 109 4 P.M.

1899 Augst

[12:] Very calm Sultry and
[13:] Cloudy most disagreable
[14:] weather;

[15:] At 4,,30 AM we proceeded
[16:] from Aboo Roba; going
[17:] easy & stopping it etc

[18:] At 7 we passed over the
[19:] Shoal of Nafikh without
[20:] grounding; our Pilot
[21:] Mahmood has not been
[22:] on the water since we

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[1:] left Basreh, he has sore
[2:] mouth & Capt Cowley has
[3:] been on the Bridge nearly
[4:] the whole time;

[5:] Very light S. Erly & warm

[6:] At 8,,15 AM landed 3
[7:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[8:] & went on at 8,,20;

[9:] At 9 Breeze shifted to
[10:] N. Wester light & gradually
[11:] it became more bearable
[12:] I could enter my cabin;
[13:] & write for a some time;

[14:] At 2,,40 P.M. arrived
[15:] at Amara landed 7 Passengs
[16:] and 18 packges (8 Bales
[17:] through Cargo; ~ Very
[18:] hot as fire; a great crowd
[19:] rushed on board and
[20:] many passengers; we
[21:] took in 10 Tons of Coal,

[22:] At 4,,30 P.M. left Amara
[23:] still very hot, scorching

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[1:] Gave tickets to 71 ½
[2:] Amara passengers (one
[3:] in 1st Class the Reis Sennyeh
[4:] Mahd Rafik Bey and his
[5:] family are on Deck 9 ½
[6:] persons)

[7:] Light N.W. but not refreshing
[8:] it became a little cooler
[9:] later at night;

6 Sund Therm@ 4.86

[10:] Very light air from N.W.
[11:] and thick clouds all
[12:] over the East & South parts,
[13:] no sun to be seen, the
[14:] weather is warm & Sultry,

[15:] At 6,,35 AM. landed
[16:] 7 passengers at Ali Gherbi
[17:] and went on at 6,,40;
[18:] Very warm calm cloudy
[19:] sultry weather; A S. Erly
[20:] breeze sprung up at 7 &
[21:] came very hot ~

[22:] I paid the Ship’s Company

Page 305:

[1:] their wages for this month,

[2:] the S. Westerly wind
[3:] increased & blew very
[4:] hot, everything was as
[5:] hot as fire; The Thermr.
[6:] went up to 110˚ at 10 AM,
[7:] at 4 PM. Wind died away
[8:] & became very calm or
[9:] rather a N.W. breeze but
[10:] still very hot; Thermr.
[11:] at 7 was 106˚ in my
[12:] Cabin;

[13:] At 7,,50 P.M. we anchored
[14:] for the night at Gardyeh
[15:] (two reaches below Coot)
[16:] Very light N.W. air and
[17:] a little Cooler; a light
[18:] N.W. breeze but not cool,

7 Mond Therm@ 4,96 Noon 114 4P.M. 116

1899 Augst

1899 Augst

[19:] A modte N.W. wind
[20:] is blowing but warm,
[21:] Cloudy all over

[22:] At 4,,15 AM. We

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[1:] proceeded, wind blowing
[2:] fresh, the temperature
[3:] is warm 96˚ before
[4:] sunrise, clouds are
[5:] scattered all over ~

[6:] At 6,,40 AM arrived at
[7:] Cool, landed 12 passengers
[8:] and 11 Bales Through
[9:] Cargo; Took in 10 Tons of
[10:] Coal; ~

[11:] At 9,,15 left Coot, Took
[12:] 12 Passengers ~ N.W. wind
[13:] but it is blowing warm
[14:] though there is great difference
[15:] than the former days,
[16:] I can stay in the Cabin
[17:] & work; I think the
[18:] Bahoora heat of one
[19:] weeks’ duration. ~
[20:] Clouds are vanishing away
[21:] but the sky is sultry and
[22:] unsettled ~ Shekoory

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[1:] Sayegh is still here he
[2:] is awaiting the empty boat
[3:] coming down to ship the
[4:] Sugar of Asfar; ~

[5:] At 11,,35 passed the SS.
[6:] Baghdad & Barge going down,

[7:] At 0 5 P.M. We came
[8:] to the shoal place at
[9:] Um el Boonni, sounded,
[10:] we then grounded, took an
[11:] anchor out & hove off
[12:] at 1,,5 proceeded; Very
[13:] hot wind like fire;
[14:] everything is very hot in
[15:] my cabin; but a modte
[16:] N.W. Wind is blowing,

[17:] At 6 ½ P.M. We saw the
[18:] Phrat ahead of us at
[19:] Mehdi; she must have
[20:] been grounded at Umel Boony,

[21:] At 7,,30 We passed the,
[22:] Phrat & Barge going up at
[23:] Hamrayah ~

[24:] Modte N.W. Wind

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[1:] and fine weather ~

[2:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[3:] weather ~

8 Tuesd Therm@ 4.82 Noo. 101 4 P.M. 104

1899 Augs

[A49_310_04:188]

[4:] At 0,,30 AM. anchored
[5:] for the night at Deboony
[6:] shoal place before us;
[7:] The Phrat came up at
[8:] day break also anchored
[9:] & sent to sound; we also
[10:] sent to sound; the S.S.
[11:] Khalifah is at anchor
[12:] farther up the reach
[13:] bound down, she has left
[14:] Baghdad on Sunday;

[15:] Very nice & cool weather,
[16:] No clouds at all to be seen;
[17:] The Bahoora was out
[18:] yesterday the water was
[19:] very cool this morning
[20:] like iced water ~

[21:] At 6 we steamed on to the
[22:] shoal, less than 2 ½ draaz

Page 309:

[1:] we stuck, worked the Engines,
[2:] Took out an anchor ahead
[3:] & hove over, We are close
[4:] alongside the West bank
[5:] opposite Deboony; The
[6:] Phrat also steamed up
[7:] astern of us made fast
[8:] & begun to discharge some
[9:] cargo in her Launch &
[10:] taken up above, The
[11:] Khalifah is still up
[12:] at anchor about one
[13:] Mile above us; ~

[14:] I sent Henry’s letter and
[15:] Manifests (as Cowley had
[16:] told me that he was going
[17:] to stop with the Khalifah to
[18:] take a Steersman to sound
[19:] in place of Mahmood our
[20:] Pilot) Henry sent me
[21:] a letter, he says that
[22:] they have 77,000 Okes and
[23:] have been aground in
[24:] many places, they have
[25:] 233 passengers, (Mrs.

Page 310:

[1:] Cooper (who is in Basreh in
[2:] the Persian Tobacco régie
[3:] and is to remain there per-
[4:] manently) is going down
[5:] with 3 children to join her
[6:] husband ~

[7:] At 8,,10 We got over the
[8:] place and went on;
[9:] Passed the Khalifah at 8 ½
[10:] She will have to await until
[11:] the Phrat gets over the shoal
[12:] as the place is very narrow
[13:] between islands;

[14:] The air is pure & Cool
[15:] today ~

[16:] At 3,,45 P.M. passed
[17:] Azizieh Village ~

[18:] At 8,,30 passed the
[19:] Fort of Baghdadieh;
[20:] Light N.W. S fine cool
[21:] weather; Detained about
[22:] 10 minutes at Swera in

Page 311:

[1:] shoal water

9 Wednes Therm@ 4.81 Noon 94 4 P.M.

1899 Augst

[A49_313_07:189]

[A49_313_08:190]

[2:] At 2,,10 AM. touched
[3:] the shoal at Oweyn &
[4:] then dropped anchor
[5:] for the night;

[6:] At 4,,15 proceeded,
[7:] Light N.W. S fine Weather,

[8:] Detained at Steh
[9:] (Semreh reach below it) from
[10:] 8 ½ till 9 ½ in Shoal
[11:] water ~

[12:] At 0,,15 P.M. passed
[13:] Ctesiphon ~ Detained at
[14:] Jaffer from 2,,45 till 4 P.M.
[15:] in shoal water in
[16:] finding the channel,
[17:] again detained at Aboo hmar
[18:] further up from 4,,5 till
[19:] 4,,30 ~

[20:] At 5,,5 P.M. passed Diala
[21:] river ~ At 6,30 We

Page 312:

[1:] passed through the Bridge
[2:] of Gherrarah, Capt Cowley
[3:] sent to ask me if I was
[4:] going to land, but as,
[5:] the time is late & being
[6:] just sunset, I did not
[7:] like to do it, for the sake
[8:] of gaining an hour and
[9:] getting dark ;

[10:] Wind fell & became,
[11:] Very calm but fine
[12:] weather;

[13:] At 9,,45 P.M. landed the
[14:] Mails at the Residency
[15:] I landed in a Goffa also &
[16:] went home, saw Eliza
[17:] on top of the house, she
[18:] is well, they have had it
[19:] very hot here too this last
[20:] week, it was the Bahoora

[21:] I could not sleep at
[22:] all & lost my sleep

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[1:] A very light N.W. breeze,

10’ Thursd

1899

Augst

[A49_314_11:191]

[2:] Light N.W. fine, at
[3:] sunrise while still in bed,
[4:] the Post man came & brought
[5:] me two letters, one from the
[6:] Schweiger Vienna and
[7:] the other from Rezooki
[8:] Metchich London enclosed
[9:] a letter from Alexander
[10:] from New York dated the
[11:] 6 of July written to me
[12:] & to his mother, he has
[13:] received my letter of the 8
[14:] of June sent though Rezooki
[15:] Metchich, he is well
[16:] & assuring us of soon coming
[17:] to see us etc etc;

[18:] I came on board at 8 AM
[19:] sent money to the office
[20:] & went on shore at 9 ½
[21:] called on Menusha & then
[22:] came home found Sister
[23:] Medula there; I have

Page 314:

[1:] had an awful pain on
[2:] my spine I have been
[3:] strained while washing
[4:] so bad it is that I cannot
[5:] walk but with great
[6:] difficulty have used every
[7:] thing, & all the friction to
[8:] no use; at 3 P.M. I
[9:] came on board, we are
[10:] shipping cargo, I wrote
[11:] a short letter to my
[12:] son Alexander just told
[13:] him about the receipt of
[14:] his letter & to hasten to
[15:] come back quick as
[16:] we are both ill & wish
[17:] to see him etc, I also
[18:] wrote a short letter to
[19:] Rezooki Metchich & enclosed
[20:] Alexander's letter in
[21:] it to be sent to New
[22:] York to him & sent

Page 315:

[1:] it by today's post of
[2:] Damascus; At 5 P.M.
[3:] I went home but could
[4:] hardly walk from the
[5:] pain on the spine, I laid
[6:] up & need other frictions
[7:] as Apodeldoe etc. but
[8:] the pain is as bad as ever

[9:] Johny & Artin my nephews
[10:] called on us till 8 P.M.

[11:] I feel relieved from the
[12:] pain while I am lying
[13:] down, & so I could sleep
[14:] well;

11' Frid Therm @ 4.84

1899

Augst

[15:] Light N. W. air & fine

[16:] I could not walk to come
[17:] on board, so I sent Hamady
[18:] my Servant to give the
[19:] Cargo Book & B of Ladings
[20:] to Metty to write out
[21:] the Cargo; I used friction
[22:] of different things,

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[1:] I went over at 10 to Sister
[2:] Medula, & obtained from
[3:] Grzesiki some other sort
[4:] of friction & came home,

[5:] I took a warm bath;
[6:] but did not feel better,
[7:] Antone Marine called in
[8:] the evening ~

[9:] Light n. W. & fine but
[10:] warm ~

[11:] The SS. Phrat arrived
[12:] today at 9 1/4 am;

12 Satur Therm @ 4.83 Noon 110 4 P.M. 108

1899

[13:] Very light N.W. air & fine
[14:] at 7 am I came on board
[15:] We are discharging and
[16:] loading and are taking
[17:] down the Barge one of
[18:] the two that are now
[19:] here;~ My pain on the back
[20:] is still the same as before
[21:] I cannot walk or rise
[22:] up, been rubbing it with

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[1:] some thing like Opodeldoe,
[2:] We are shipping about 600
[3:] Bales of wool in the steamer
[4:] & Barge; at 11 1/2 I went
[5:] home to breakfast;
[6:] Eliahoo Dennoos and
[7:] Antoine Giulietti called;

[8:] I feel the pain of my back
[9:] a little better~

[10:] At 2 P.M. came on
[11:] board & we shipped wool
[12:] 614 Bales in both Steamer
[13:] & Barge; Finished at 5 P.M
[14:] & hauled out; ~ Very hot
[15:] weather today~

[16:] At 6 I went home ~ Light
[17:] N.W. breeze but hot;
[18:] Antone Marine called for
[19:] half hour,~ Light N.W.
[20:] & fine~

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13 Sund Therm @ 4.82 Noon 104 4 P.M. 113

Augst

[1:] Light N.W. & fine~ at
[2:] 4 1/2 am I came on board
[3:] the Mejidieh~

Baghdad to Basreh [13 AUG 1899 ---- V049_24_S] (//) Barge in tow (//)

1899

Augst

[A49_320_12:192]

[A49_320_13:193]

Passg Okes G. S. Piast Draft
130 135,818 17577 3/4 3,,4

[6:] At 4.45 Am we got under=
[7:] way, taking a Barge down
[8:] the one that was in Baghdad
[9:] with some Bales of wool in
[10:] her;~ At 7,,25 passed
[11:] Diala river~ At 8,, We
[12:] grounded at Jaffer took out
[13:] an anchor astern & hove
[14:] off; At 8,,30 proceeded;

[15:] At 9,,35 passed Ctesiphon;
[16:] We have altogether
[17:] Passengers; none are in
[18:] the cabins ~

[19:] At 10,,5 grounded at
[20:] Joorf el Batta, took an

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[1:] anchor out ahead & hove
[2:] off;~

[3:] The pain on my back is
[4:] still troubling me, it does not
[5:] go away, I am rubbing it
[6:] & put a flannel on~

[7:] Took more anchors out
[8:] & hove; At 1,,30 P.M. we
[9:] got off & dropped down along
[10:] the East bank & turned round
[11:] and steamed down,

[12:] At 1,,45 anchored to sound
[13:] at Seyafyeh;

[14:] Very hot N.W. wind is
[15:] blowing;~ In getting
[16:] underway we grounded,
[17:] hove off & proceeded at
[18:] 3,,40 P.M.~

[19:] At 4,,45 grounded
[20:] at Steh (below Semreh
[21:] reach); Took an anchor
[22:] out astern & hove off;~

[23:] At 5,,20 proceeded,
[24:] Light N.W. wind & fine,

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[1:] At 7,,10 we anchored
[2:] at Ledje for the night,
[3:] Very light N.W. breeze,

14 Mond Therm @ 4.84 Noon 109 4 P.M.

[A49_321_11:194]

1899

Augst

[4:] Light N.W. & fine weather,
[5:] At daybreak sent to sound
[6:] the Channel at Ledje, It
[7:] is good with sufficient water

[8:] At 5,,5 proceeded and
[9:] grounded, took an anchor
[10:] ahead & hove her off and
[11:] then kept dropping down
[12:] by her stern along Ledje
[13:] reach as far as Oweyn
[14:] & then turned round and
[15:] went on at 6,,20~

[16:] I took a dose of Castor
[17:] Oil this morning, being
[18:] very billious, & perhaps
[19:] it may do me good for
[20:] my pain in the back
[21:] which is still on, but

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[1:] not so much as before;

[2:] At 9,,50 passed Baghdadieh
[3:] Fort; Modte N.W. Wind
[4:] becoming hot; Detained
[5:] below Baghdadieh from 10
[6:] till 10,,15 in shoal water,
[7:] Wind blowing strong &
[8:] dusty;

[9:] At 0,,45 P.M. passed
[10:] Azizieh;~ At 4,,30 anchored
[11:] at Um Sneyem & Sounded,
[12:] At 5,,10 proceeded on ~

[13:] At 5,,50 came to at
[14:] Deboony near the West bank
[15:] to sound the Channel,

[16:] The SS. Ressafah & Barge
[17:] bound up aground further
[18:] down in the Channel
[19:] close along the West bank
[20:] & has landed her passengers
[21:] just where we grounded
[22:] last trip up & the Khalifah
[23:] was here~

Page 322:

[1:] We sounded & remained
[2:] for the night~

[3:] Modte & cool N.W. wind
[4:] all througout the night;

15 Tuesd Therm @ 4.84 Noon 101 4 P.M. 108

[A49_323_04:195]

1899

Augst

[A49_324_04:196]

[A49_324_11:197]

[5:] Modte N.W. & fine;

[6:] At 3 AM the Ressafah
[7:] passed up~

[8:] At daybreak we cast the
[9:] Barge & sent her down to
[10:] pass the narrow channel
[11:] she only draws 1 foot,

[12:] At 5 1/2 Am we steamed
[13:] down & passed the channel
[14:] then anchored & made the
[15:] Barge fast & left at 6;

[16:] At 8 passed Memlah,
[17:] At 9,,30 came to at Mehdi
[18:] the SS. Khalifah is down
[19:] below aground & heaving;
[20:] We sent to sound, I sent
[21:] a letter to Henry with
[22:] our Pilot; & he writes

Page 323:

[1:] to me to say that they had
[2:] left Basreh on Friday evening
[3:] with 112,000 Okes & 100
[4:] passengers; Seyd Talub
[5:] Effendi (now Pasha) the son
[6:] of Seyd Rejeb the Nakib on
[7:] board going to Constanple
[8:] taking with him Haji
[9:] Eassa their Clerk, and
[10:] the Khalifah is flying the
[11:] Turkish flag for him,
[12:] also Mr. Mayle going
[13:] back for the benefit of
[14:] his health; the Khalifah
[15:] was aground at Um el
[16:] Boonni & had to discharge
[17:] cargo;~

[18:] Wind blowing Very strong

[19:] At 11,,20 the Khalifah
[20:] got off & steamed on passed
[21:] us, I saw Shekoory
[22:] Sayegh on [strikethrough] board

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[1:] returning from Coot ;
[2:] a Mahaylah laden with
[3:] Bales of Liquorice is aground
[4:] in the Channel, & the strong
[5:] wind washing against
[6:] her nearly sinking her
[7:] We sent our Launch to
[8:] assist her~

[9:] At 0,,5 P.M. We proceeded
[10:] through the shoal place
[11:] without touching;

[12:] Detained at Algaya, waiting
[13:] for 2 Boats to pass up
[14:] the narrow passage between
[15:] the Island & the East bank
[16:] from 3,,10 to 3,,45;

[17:] At 4,,20 anchored to sound
[18:] at the bottom of Um el
[19:] Boonny reach; while
[20:] heaving up the stern anchor
[21:] to proceed it broke off
[22:] & we passed the bad
[23:] place & anchored &

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[1:] sent to fish it;

[2:] At 6,,55 P.M we proceeded
[3:] from Um el Boonny after
[4:] getting our anchor fished
[5:] & brought on board~

[6:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[7:] Weather;

[8:] At 8,,15 we anchored for
[9:] the night above Coot Village,
[10:] very fine and Cool weather
[11:] at night~

16 Wedn. Therm @ 4.79

1899

Augst

[A49_327_04:198]

1899

[12:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[13:] weather; Early in the morning,
[14:] We sent the Barge down
[15:] to Coot; and at 4,,35 am
[16:] we proceeded to pass between
[17:] two islands but grounded,
[18:] Took an anchor ahead &
[19:] hover her round up stream,

[20:] At 7,,15 got off & steamed
[21:] down through the same
[22:] upper Channel & came
[23:] to alongside at Coot

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[1:] Custum House at 8,,40
[2:] Landed 25 passengers
[3:] and 19 Packages;~
[4:] Our Barge was sent down
[5:] last night to opposite
[6:] our Coal & Wool Press
[7:] Depot & shipped 122 Bales
[8:] of Wool;~ I received
[9:] Henry's letter & my
[10:] Papers;

[11:] At 8,,45 we finished and
[12:] dropped down below Coot
[13:] to await for the Barge to
[14:] come down to us;

[15:] It was 10,,20 when we
[16:] left after making fast the
[17:] Barge alongside the steamer,

[18:] Fresh N.W. wind,
[19:] Took 20 1/2 Passengers from
[20:] Coot (1 in 1st Class a Bim-
[21:] Bashy Ismaîl Beg to
[22:] Amara)

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[1:] At 3,,45 P.M. passed
[2:] Sheikh Saad; A detachment
[3:] of Turkish Troops encamped
[4:] here on account of some
[5:] disturbance between
[6:] Ghadban Sheikh of the
[7:] Beni Laam & the Jendeels
[8:] Tribe;~

[9:] At 5 P.M. we rounded
[10:] & anchored at Messamlak
[11:] reach, & sent to sound,
[12:] Pilot returned at 6, there are
[13:] 3 & 3 1/2 draaz;

[14:] At 6,,15 proceeded;
[15:] At 6,,40 came to for the
[16:] night above Seyd Abbass

[17:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[18:] weather, moon 10 day old,

[19:] The pain on my back is
[20:] much better, there is very
[21:] little pain left, I am rubbing
[22:] it with the Cajaput Oil
[23:] twice a day; but feel
[24:] still billious~

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17 Thursd Therm @ 4.75 Noon 96 4 P.M. 99

Augst

[1:] Light N.W. wind and
[2:] very fine and cool weather,

[3:] I could not sleep up on top
[4:] of the house, on account of
[5:] the noise the passengers
[6:] are making, & being too
[7:] cool, I came down to my
[8:] cabin at 11, & found it very
[9:] cool, a very pleasant weather

[10:] Sent the Pilot to sound
[11:] at 4 AM~

[12:] At 5 we proceeded,
[13:] At 7,,30 passed Ali Gherbi

[14:] At 5,,50 P.M arrived
[15:] at Amara landed 32 1/2
[16:] Passengers & 45 Packages

[17:] Light N.W. & fine Weather,
[18:] We shipped in the Mejidieh
[19:] 167 Bales of wool from
[20:] the Wool Press, and took
[21:] in 6 Tons of Coal, and
[22:] remained here for the night,

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[1:] Capt Cowley intends going
[2:] to Basreh in two days from
[3:] here~

[4:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[5:] night;

18 Frid Therm @ 4,78

1899

Augst

[6:] Light N.W. breeze &
[7:] fine cool weather~

[8:] At 4,,10 Am. left Amara
[9:] gave tickets to 15 1/2 Passengers,

[10:] At 8,,30 passed Kalat
[11:] Saleh; at 8,,45 dropped anchor
[12:] in a bend & left at 9~

[13:] At 9,,20 anchored at
[14:] Nafikh & sent to sound
[15:] the Channel some 4 or 5
[16:] Boats are down there in
[17:] the Channel; sent our
[18:] Launch & cleared one Boat
[19:] stuck in the Channel;

[20:] At 12 steamed down
[21:] to it there are 3 & 3 1/2 draaz,
[22:] but we touched & swung
[23:] round, the Channel is
[24:] intricate; hove her stern
[25:] up river, and at 1,,50 P.M.

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[1:] proceeded~ Strong wind
[2:] is blowing~

[3:] The pain on my back is much
[4:] better today it is nearly gone;

[5:] At 3,,5 P.M. stopped at
[6:] Aboo Roba, a narrow passage
[7:] in the bite; we dropped down
[8:] through it & went on at 4;
[9:] Passed through the Elbow
[10:] bite in dropping down with
[11:] the Barge & succeeded very
[12:] well;

[13:] At 5,,20 anchored
[14:] alongside the bank above
[15:] Ghumeyjeh shoal 2 1/2 &
[16:] 3 draaz, about 10 Boats
[17:] laden bound up are here
[18:] alongside the bank and
[19:] the SS. Baghdad & Barge
[20:] are coming up; she
[21:] stopped waiting for us to
[22:] pass, but we remained
[23:] & she stopped also; &

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[1:] so neither of us passed first,
[2:] We at last made fast
[3:] alongside the East bank,
[4:] & so it became late after
[5:] sunset; At 7,,10 the SS.
[6:] Baghdad & Barge came up
[7:] & steamed passed us; we
[8:] remained at Anchor for
[9:] the night; Very Light
[10:] N.W. breeze & fine cool
[11:] weather;~

19 Saturd Therm @ 4.70

1899

Augst

[A49_333_06:199]

Artin Apikyan died on 16th~ (see 24th)

1899

Augst

[12:] Light N.W. breeze & very
[13:] cool weather; it blew
[14:] a fresh breeze during the
[15:] night, it became very cool
[16:] up on top of the house,
[17:] that I just felt it cold & could
[18:] not keep myself warm
[19:] with the cotton blanket,

[20:] At 5 am we dropped
[21:] down the shoal at
[22:] Ghumeyjeh, lots of
[23:] water here, but we

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[1:] dropped an anchor astern
[2:] & kept dragging & stopping,
[3:] & picking up the anchor;

[4:] At 6,,10 proceeded from
[5:] Ghumeyjeh; at 6,,30 again
[6:] dropped anchor round the
[7:] reach; We awaited our
[8:] boat to come with the anchor
[9:] and at 7,,10 proceeded;

[10:] At 8,,5 passed Azair
[11:] wind getting up Strong,
[12:] a Cloud of dust rising
[13:] high & coming over
[14:] envelopped all the sky like
[15:] an overcast weather;

[16:] At 11,50 landed a passenger
[17:] at Gorna, Sent a telegram
[18:] to Lynch informing of passing
[19:] Gorna at noon~ at
[20:] 12 went on;

[21:] At 5,,30 P.M. arrived
[22:] at Basreh;~ The SS. Brookside
[23:] for Gray Mackenzie is up

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[1:] here & the Mail S. Kilwa
[2:] in quarantine waiting for
[3:] us to take the mail and
[4:] start, also the SS. Arabistan
[5:] is in quarantine arrived
[6:] yesterday, Tom Tartt the
[7:] Chief Engineer of the Khalifah
[8:] who was in London on a
[9:] six month leave (but
[10:] he is more than 8 or 9
[11:] months away) came out
[12:] in her;~ Rezooki Sayegh
[13:] & Nassoory Andria & Rezooki
[14:] Angoorly came to me,
[15:] They tell me that Artin
[16:] Apikyan died in Baghdad
[17:] suddenly yesterday, it must
[18:] be from appopletic attack,
[19:] he was subject to that &
[20:] being very fat &; with a
[21:] short neck; he is about
[22:] 60 or 61 years old;

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[1:] our Barges are all loaded
[2:] & we are also going to
[3:] tow a Barge up;
[4:] I went with Rezooki Sayegh
[5:] & Nessoory Andria up
[6:] to Rufail's house, (calling
[7:] on my way to Jeboory Asfar
[8:] for few minutes, he is
[9:] going up with us) I
[10:] Saw Yousif Marine there,
[11:] we dined & slept there,
[12:] a fresh N.W. wind blowing
[13:] all the night, I slept below
[14:] in the Verandah~

20 Sund Therm @ 4.73 Noon 91 4 P.M. 96

[A49_335_03:200]

1899 Augst

Draft 2,,6

Barge 181,644

[15:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[16:] morning, at 7 am I
[17:] came on board;

[18:] I had written two letters for
[19:] Schweiger Vienna & for
[20:] Rezooki Metchich London,
[21:] dated 19th, in which I enclosed
[22:] a letter for Alexander

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[1:] dated 18th ; but Metchich
[2:] letter I could not send
[3:] as I wanted to enclose
[4:] for him 2 Shillings Postal
[5:] order for Stamps he is
[6:] putting on Alexanders letters
[7:] to America; & the Post
[8:] office is closed, so I gave
[9:] it to Rezooki Sayegh to
[10:] send it by next week’s
[11:] mail;

[12:] At 8 ½ AM the SS. Brookside
[13:] left for London; ~ It
[14:] blew fresh with some fine
[15:] dust but the day was
[16:] cool throughout ;

[17:] We shipped some cargo
[18:] from the Barges & got
[19:] the Barge alongside to
[20:] be towed up; ~ Very
[21:] Light N.W. air but not warm,

[22:] Yousif Marine, Rufail,
[23:] Rezooki & the Angoorlies
[24:] & many others came

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[1:] onboard to see Jeboory Asfar
[2:] going up with us, ~

[3:] We took them up in tow
[4:] to Rufail’s house;

Basreh to Baghdad [20 AUG 1899 --- V049_25_N] (//) Barge in tow, (//)

Passg Okes G. S. P. Local Draft
186 69,027 8810 ½ 3,,6

[7:] At 6,,50 P.M. We got
[8:] underway taking a
[9:] Barge loaded with Cargo,
[10:] Ship drawing 3,,6, &
[11:] the Barge 2,,6 ~ Light
[12:] N.W. & fine cool night; we
[13:] have only Jeboory Asfar in
[14:] 1st Class with his servant
[15:] return free passage ;

[16:] Light N.W. breeze & very
[17:] Cool night ~

21 Mond Therm@ 4.69 Noon 90 4 P.M. 98

1899 Augst

[18:] At 3 AM. landed 4 ½
[19:] passengers at Gorna and
[20:] went on at 3,,5 ~

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[1:] At 8, AM. passed Azair
[2:] Finished with the passengers
[3:] tickets ;

[4:] We have in all 69 Passengs
[5:] (only Mr. G. Asfar in 1st Class
[6:] Return free passage)

[7:] We passed Ghumeyjeh
[8:] without sticking at 10 AM
[9:] but have been going easy
[10:] & slow & rubbing over,
[11:] till 3 ½ P.M. when we got
[12:] to below the Elbow, where
[13:] about 7 Boats were coming
[14:] down & had to wait till 5 ½
[15:] until they dropped down
[16:] passed us, we then went
[17:] on but so slow we were
[18:] advancing that, we were
[19:] scarcely moving up
[20:] stream; ~

[21:] Very light N.W. breeze or
[22:] rather calm; At 6 ½ we
[23:] passed round the Elbow but
[24:] with difficulty and very

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[1:] Slow, no place to move round
[2:] and so shoal, but we
[3:] had the Barge always along
[4:] side of the steamer; ~ Very
[5:] Calm & warm, no air at
[6:] all; ~

[7:] At 6,,55 We anchored
[8:] above the Elbow; Very calm
[9:] & warm weather, moisty
[10:] also, a great change came
[11:] on comparing yesterday’s
[12:] weather; The air is from
[13:] the S. West; but the night was
[14:] cool ~

22 Tuesd Therm@ 4.74

1899 Augst

[15:] Very light air from S.W.
[16:] but cool ~

[17:] At 4,,25 AM we proceeded
[18:] going very slow, it took us from
[19:] 4,,25 till 6,,25 to get to the
[20:] mud fort of Aboo Roba about
[21:] 1000 yards distance ~
[22:] as soon as we passed the
[23:] fort & gardens at Aboo Roba

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[1:] and got into good water
[2:] We anchored alongside the
[3:] bank & remained without
[4:] any purpose; The S.S.
[5:] Phrat appears up in the
[6:] distance about 2 miles
[7:] away bound down, She
[8:] is not moving probably
[9:] waiting for us to pass
[10:] the turnings;

[11:] At 8,30 the SS. Phrat & Barge
[12:] came & passed down;
[13:] At 8,,40 We proceeded;
[14:] At 11 detained at Nafikh
[15:] in shoal water Boats are
[16:] In the Channel, sounded
[17:] & steamed over ~

[18:] At 0,,15 P.M. proceeded
[19:] At 1.50 P.M. landed four
[20:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[21:] & went on at 1.55;

[22:] Weather became warm &
[23:] the breeze shifted from S.W.
[24:] to S. East, very light &
[25:] not refreshing ~

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[1:] At 7,45 P.M. arrived
[2:] at Amara landed 23
[3:] passengers & 10 Bales
[4:] of P. Goods; we took 19
[5:] Tons of Coal & 2 Bales;
[6:] The Khalifah passed Coot
[7:] today at 11 AM. so I
[8:] am living the letters here,

[9:] At 9,55 P.M. left Amara
[10:] Light S.W. breeze but
[11:] cool night;

[12:] [strikethrough: Gave tickets to 67 Amara]

23 Wedn Therm@ 4.77

[A49_341_05:201]

[13:] Light N.W. S fine cool
[14:] Morning;
[15:] At 5 AM passed Ali Sherghi,

[16:] Gave tickets to 67 Amara
[17:] passengers, we have also
[18:] besides 15 men of the wool
[19:] Press of Lynch free (2 in
[20:] 2nd Class Georgis Moorad
[21:] & Rezooki the Blacksmith)

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[1:] they have finished with the
[2:] wool pressing for this year,

[3:] At 8,,50 just as we
[4:] touched the shoal above
[5:] Flefleh the Khalifah came
[6:] down & passed us; We
[7:] got inside a blind bank
[8:] along the Eastern bank,
[9:] & kept working in trying to
[10:] cross over it until 10,30
[11:] when we got clear of it
[12:] and proceeded ~ Strong
[13:] wind & not cool;

[14:] At 1 P.M. landed 11
[15:] passengers at Ali Gherbi
[16:] and took 6 & went on at
[17:] 1,,5 ~

[18:] At 8,,30 P.M. passed
[19:] Sheikh Saad; ~ Light
[20:] N.W. S fine weather ;

24 Thurs Therm@ 4.78

1899 Augst

Artin Apikyan died on 16 Augt,

1899 Augst

[21:] Light N.W. breeze &
[22:] fine ~

[23:] At 5,,10 AM arrived
[24:] at Coot, landed 19 passeng

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[1:] and 9 Bales of Through
[2:] Cargo; Took in 10 Tons
[3:] of Coal brought up to
[4:] us near the Custum House,
[5:] I received a letter here from
[6:] Henry, the Khalifah had
[7:] 66,000 Okes & 140 passengers
[8:] Meneshi Mathalon in
[9:] 1st Class only; Henry says
[10:] that Artin Apikyan
[11:] died on Wednesday the
[12:] 16’ Instt very suddenly
[13:] while he was in his office
[14:] writing at his desk and
[15:] fell at once & died;

[16:] We finished coaling at 7 ½
[17:] and cast off & had to drop
[18:] down to the end of the village
[19:] so as to go up between
[20:] two Islands a new Channel
[21:] being formed there ~

[22:] At 8,,5 steamed

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[1:] up passing Coot;

[2:] Gave tickets to 44 Coot
[3:] passengers ~ also besides
[4:] these we took all the
[5:] workmen of Lynch’s wool
[6:] Press 11 persons (10
[7:] Tilkeflies & Vartan whom
[8:] we put in a 1st Class Cabin
[9:] all free)

[10:] Detained at Aboo Dukar
[11:] in shoal water from 9.45
[12:] till 10,,30 ~
[13:] Detained 10 m. in shoal water
[14:] at above Bughela

[15:] At 8 P.M. passed Memlah,
[16:] Light N.W. breeze & cool
[17:] night;

[18:] At 11 anchored at
[19:] Deboony & sent to sound
[20:] found only 2 ½ draaz along
[21:] the west bank (Same
[22:] place as last Voyage)
[23:] We remained at anchor

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[1:] for the night;

25 Frid Therm@ 4.76

[2:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[3:] morning ~ at 4 AM
[4:] steamed up to the shoal &
[5:] grounded, took out anchors
[6:] ahead & hove, cast the
[7:] Barge astern as the Channel
[8:] is narrow close along
[9:] the west bank;

[10:] At 9,30 got over & proceeded
[11:] after taking the Barge &
[12:] made her fast alongside;

[13:] At 1,20 P.M. passed
[14:] the SS. Ressafah & Barge
[15:] bound down at Shedeif

[16:] Detained ½ hour below
[17:] Azizieh the forward bit
[18:] of the Barge carried away
[19:] as she touched the shoal,

[20:] At 6,20 P.M. passed
[21:] Azizieh ~ And after
[22:] 5 minutes grounded

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[1:] At 6,,35 went on
[2:] Very Light N.W. and
[3:] fine weather;

[4:] At 11,30 passed Baghdadieh
[5:] Fort; went easy in passing
[6:] between the wreck of the
[7:] Dijleh & the West bank;

26 Satur Therm@ 4.74

1899 Augst

Louisa daughter of brother Henry delivered a son yesterday to be

[8:] Modte N.W. & fine cool
[9:] weather ~ Passed Ledje
[10:] at 6 ½ AM went easy
[11:] over the shoals;

[12:] At 8,,20 passed Bostan;
[13:] At 0,,15 P.M. passed Ctesiphon

[14:] At 3,,30 P.M. passed
[15:] Diala river;

[16:] At 5,,10 I landed at Gherrarah
[17:] & walked in to Baghdad
[18:] Jeboory Asfar also landed
[19:] with me & many other
[20:] passengers; at 6 ½ arrived
[21:] at home; found my wife
[22:] well; No letters arrived
[23:] for the last two Posts

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[1:] The Mejidieh arrived at
[2:] 8 ½ P.M. ; Very fine
[3:] & cool weather;

27’ Sund

Called Rufail Henry; was Christened on 3 Setr died 6 Septr

[4:] Modte N.W. & fine weather,
[5:] at 8 am went to church
[6:] with my wife; I called
[7:] on Yaghchi; as Louisa
[8:] daughter of brother Henry
[9:] & wife of Yousif Yaghchi
[10:] has been confined of a
[11:] son, Yesterday at 2 P.M.
[12:] I saw her & Catterina, the
[13:] child is doing very well
[14:] he is a big boy & healthy,
[15:] I called on Jeboory Asfar
[16:] the Assyrian Bishop,
[17:] Sister Medula and
[18:] Henry’s wife & came
[19:] home at 11 ½ ~

[20:] We are leaving on
[21:] Tuesday morning

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[1:] I was going on board to
[2:] work but as there was
[3:] no cargo shipped, although
[4:] Lynch’s Office was
[5:] open from 9 till noon,

[6:] I called on Sister Eliza
[7:] at 2 P.M. & then at 4
[8:] called on Mr. Richarz
[9:] but he was asleep, I
[10:] called on Moseigneur
[11:] Altmayer but was not
[12:] at home; ~ I came home
[13:] & had a bathe; many
[14:] people called on us;

[15:] Light N.W. & fine,
[16:] Johny & Artin called
[17:] in the evening~

28’ Mond Therm@ 4.78

1899 Augs

[A49_348_04:202]

Draft of Barge 1,,9

[18:] Light N.W. breeze &
[19:] fine cool weather

[20:] At 7 am I came on board,
[21:] we are discharging and

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[1:] loading; ~

[2:] I heard that an Order
[3:] Again came from Constple
[4:] from the minister of marine
[5:] to the Governor of Basreh
[6:] to stop the towing of
[7:] Barges by our Steamers,
[8:] it has been telegraphed
[9:] here, also Mr. Bottomley
[10:] told me of it that it is
[11:] here; I went to the Office
[12:] for some pounds sterling,
[13:] and came home at 11 ½
[14:] to breakfast; at 1 P.M.
[15:] I came on board;
[16:] We shipped a great deal
[17:] of cargo in the steamer
[18:] & Barge & worked hard
[19:] till after sunset; at 7
[20:] I went home; ~ Light air
[21:] from N.W. & fine pleasant
[22:] weather ~

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29’ Tuesd Therm@ 4.78

[1:] Light N.W. air & cool,

[2:] At 4 AM I came on
[3:] board ~

Baghdad to Basreh [29 AUG 1899 --- V049_26_S] (//) Barge in tow (//)

1899 Augst

[A49_350_04:203]

[A49_350_08:204]

[A49_350_10:205]

[A49_350_12:206]

Passg Okes G. S. Piast Draft / Draft of Barge
190 150,772 27,395 ¼ 3,,5 / 1,9

[6:] At 5 AM. got underway
[7:] and proceeded ~ Light N.W.
[8:] & fine weather ~

[9:] At 7,55 passed Diala
[10:] We heave the Barge in
[11:] tow, We have loaded her.
[12:] with cargo; We dropped
[13:] anchor at Diala to
[14:] turn round the bite as
[15:] it is narrow & shoal
[16:] & left at 8,,10;

[17:] At 10,,5 passed Ctesiphon,
[18:] Detained in shoal water
[19:] at Seyafyeh from 10,,45 till
[20:] 11,15 ~

[21:] Finished with the Passengers

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[1:] tickets We have altogether
[2:] 151 (4 in 1st Class, The
[3:] Nadir of the Baghdad Custum
[4:] House, H. Hassan Beg
[5:] also Debono the man of
[6:] Hotz. & Co in the Liquorice work
[7:] & his brother in law Solon
[8:] Calothi going to Basreh
[9:] to work in the dates for Hotz,
[10:] also Nejib Beg the Clerk
[11:] in the Sennyeh to Amara
[12:] and Mr. Nicola Calothi
[13:] the father of Solon in 2nd
[14:] Class; The Nadir has a
[15:] free return passage and
[16:] messing too & eats with
[17:] us at the table;) We
[18:] also 7 men free by
[19:] Lynch & Capt Cowley;

[20:] At 4,35 P.M. the
[21:] ship touched a Shoal at
[22:] below Shaebyeh (Dawar

Page 351:

[1:] reach) the steering chain
[2:] of the Steamer broke, We
[3:] made fast alongside the
[4:] East bank & repaired
[5:] the bracket which was,
[6:] carried away ~

[7:] At 5,,45 proceeded ;
[8:] Very light N.W. but cool
[9:] air;

[10:] At 7,,10 We rounded
[11:] & came to above Baghdadieh
[12:] Fort; Light N.W. breeze
[13:] & cool night; ~

30 Wedn Therm@ 4.73

1899 Augst

[14:] Light N.W. air & fine cool
[15:] morning; At 5 AM We
[16:] proceeded, at 5,,15 passed
[17:] Baghdadieh Fort

[18:] At 8,,10 passed Azizieh
[19:] At 8,,30 grounded below
[20:] Azizieh ~ Took an Anchor
[21:] out astern & hove off, ~
[22:] At 9,,50 Proceeded;
[23:] At 11,,10 passed the SS.
[24:] Khalifah & Barge in

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[1:] tow going up at Sherhan
[2:] below Humenyeh;

[3:] At 2,,35 P.M. anchored
[4:] at Deboony & sent to Sound,
[5:] at 4,,10 proceeded having
[6:] found an other channel
[7:] in the middle of the river
[8:] between two Islands;

[9:] At 6,,35 P.M. passed
[10:] Memlah; ~

[11:] At 7 grounded just above
[12:] Bughela Village, hove off
[13:] into deep water & remained
[14:] for the night; Modte N.W.
[15:] wind & fine, I slept in my
[16:] cabin, as it is nice & cool
[17:] & having a bad cold in my
[18:] head since this morning,

31 Thursd Therm@ 4.78

1899 Septr

“ “

[19:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[20:] weather ~

[21:] at 5,,30 AM. proceeded
[22:] At 8,45 grounded at
[23:] Um el Ajaj close to the West
[24:] bank a very narrow

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[1:] passage, took out an
[2:] anchor ahead & hove her
[3:] head up stream & dropped
[4:] through her stern;

[5:] At 9,20 the SS. Phrat &
[6:] Barge arrived up & anchored;
[7:] she then sounded & went
[8:] on outside of us through
[9:] a fine broad river, while
[10:] we are still dropping down
[11:] through a very narrow
[12:] place; At 10,,50 we got
[13:] through & proceeded ~
[14:] Strong N.W. wind &
[15:] hot;

[16:] at 12 stopped at Um
[17:] el Boonni & sounded ; at
[18:] 1,30 P.M. proceeded; ~

[19:] At 3,20 P.M. arrived at
[20:] Coot, passed through a good
[21:] Channel below the Islands
[22:] between sand banks,
[23:] Landed 22 passengers &
[24:] 21 Packages; We went
[25:] Alongside the bank below

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[1:] the village near our Depôt,

[2:] I received a letter from
[3:] Henry he has left all
[4:] the papers & manifests at
[5:] Amara thinking of meeting
[6:] us below Coot, the
[7:] Khalifah had only 184,000
[8:] Okes in steamer & Barge
[9:] (125,000 in the Barge & with
[10:] 2 feet 3 Inches draft only)

[11:] At 4,45 We left Coot,
[12:] took 15 Passengers; after
[13:] 5 minutes we grounded
[14:] below Coot; hove
[15:] off with a stern anchor

[16:] At 6,5 proceeded ~

[17:] At 7,,10 anchored for the
[18:] night; Very light air and
[19:] not so cool;

1st Frid Therm@ 4.76 Noon 103 4 P.M.

[20:] Light Erly breeze & fine

[21:] at 4,,45 Am proceeded,
[22:] At 9,15 passed Sheikh Saad,
[23:] The Soldiers are still in encamped

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[1:] here, on account of the quarrel
[2:] between different tribes of
[3:] arabs the Jendil and
[4:] Megassis etc;

[5:] At 10,40 anchored at
[6:] Seyd Abbass & sounded,
[7:] Boats in the channel ~

[8:] At 11,35 proceeded ~ warm
[9:] weather; & disagreeable,

[10:] Wind shifted to a fresh
[11:] N.W. & blowing hot;

[12:] At 2,,15 P.M. passed
[13:] Ali Gherbi;

[14:] At 7,10 P.M. passed
[15:] Ali Sherghi; Modte N.W.
[16:] breeze & fine weather;

2d Satur Therm@ 5.76 Noon 102 4 P.M. 112

1899

Sept

[A49_357_13:207]

[17:] At 1 Am arrived at Amara
[18:] landed 44 Passengers (one
[19:] in 1st Class Nejib Beg) & 92
[20:] packages; Shipped 152
[21:] Bales of Pressed Wool (6
[22:] Bales from Eassay’s Press)

[23:] I slept in my cabin but felt
[24:] it warm till midnight

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[1:] then it got cooler, but I did
[2:] not sleep well from the
[3:] noise at Amara;~ I
[4:] received Henry's letter &
[5:] my news papers etc~

[6:] At 4,,40 AM we left
[7:] Amara, Very light N. Ely
[8:] breeze & not pleasant at
[9:] all; Took 24 Passengers,

[10:] Weather getting calm &
[11:] warm;

[12:] At 10 grounded at Nafikh
[13:] & took a stern anchor
[14:] out, the place is so in and
[15:] out & narrow blind sand
[16:] banks & Boats alongside,
[17:] It became very calm &
[18:] Sultry warm day;~
[19:] At 12 got off & proceeded
[20:] from Nafikh;

[21:] From 1,,45 P.M. till 2,,30 were
[22:] detained in passing the
[23:] Elbow etc~ and from 2,,30
[24:] to 4 P.M it took get to
[25:] Ghumeyjeh, thence

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[1:] we went on alright;

[2:] Breeze very light N.W. &
[3:] awfully hot;

[4:] At 4,,55 P.M. passed
[5:] Azair; After sunset it became
[6:] very calm & warm, it
[7:] is 103˚ in my cabin;
[8:] Swetting very much;

[9:] At 8,,30 landed one Passenger
[10:] at Gorna & went on,
[11:] Very warm & calm weather,

[12:] At 10 met the SS.
[13:] Rusafah & Barge going
[14:] up and a steam Launch
[15:] in which the Agent of the
[16:] Turkish steamers Hassan
[17:] Effendi came off to us to
[18:] see the Nadir of the Custum
[19:] House, we towed her for
[20:] about an hour & then they
[21:] went away:

3 Sund Therm @ 5,84

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Septr

[22:] At 3,,15 AM we arrived
[23:] at Basreh, weather very
[24:] unpleasant, there is a
[25:] light N.W. breeze but

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[1:] it is not refreshing;~

[2:] There are many steamers
[3:] the "Arabistan", Westburn
[4:] for Kassim Khdery to load
[5:] Barley as well as the “Norge
[6:] and the "Pollonce" for
[7:] him too, the latter is in
[8:] quarantine yet, there is
[9:] also the SS. Hussein of
[10:] the B. & P. S N. Copy in quarantine,
[11:] The mail steamer has
[12:] left yesterday having
[13:] waited one day for us;

[14:] We are leaving tomorrow,
[15:] Rufail & Rezooki came down
[16:] they went in to Basreh and
[17:] wanted me also to go, but
[18:] I did not like, it being very
[19:] warm & I do not feel well
[20:] having also a tooth ache

[21:] As an Order had been
[22:] wired from Constple to
[23:] prevent us towing up Barges

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[1:] and the Lynch’s Agent &
[2:] Consul also wired, there
[3:] is no answer up till now,
[4:] So we are to tow one
[5:] this time & stand the
[6:] consequence; we have
[7:] a great deal of Cargo here
[8:] is accumulating;

[9:] At 4 P.M I went with
[10:] Rufail & Rezooki to their
[11:] house, they are packing
[12:] dates, Rufail is making
[13:] about 15,000 Boxes, the dates
[14:] are plentiful this year,
[15:] the Crop is very good;

[16:] A light N.W. breeze and
[17:] a little cool;

[18:] At night the breeze changed
[19:] to S.Est & again to N.West;

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[A49_360_08:208]

[20:] Very light N.W. breeze,
[21:] & fine, at 7 AM I came
[22:] on board;~ There is an
[23:] Other Steamer for the P. & P.

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[1:] gulf S.N. Copy called the
[2:] Ningchow of about 6000
[3:] Tons;

[4:] At 11 1/4 AM the SS Arabistan
[5:] left for London, she will
[6:] fill up at Fao some more
[7:] cargo; at 11,,45 the SS.
[8:] Westburn also left;~

[9:] The Turkish man of war
[10:] the small Brigantine called
[11:] Sayad; has left for
[12:] Constantinople at 5 P.M.
[13:] She is very small & unsea
[14:] worthy & besides being so
[15:] badly manned, I doubt
[16:] if she will ever reach safe
[17:] her destination~ We
[18:] are waiting for the Barge,
[19:] being loaded at Lynch’s
[20:] wharf~ Mr. Wratislaw
[21:] the Consul came on board
[22:] to see if we are going to

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[1:] tow her, as he has no
[2:] news or received an Answer
[3:] from Constple although
[4:] the Minister of Marine
[5:] has only wired to the
[6:] Commodore here to
[7:] stop towing, it is not
[8:] from the Sublime Port;

[9:] We received the mails

Basreh to Baghdad [4 SEP 1899 --- V049_ 27_N] (//) Barge in tow (//)

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[A49_362_03:209]

Passg Okes / Barge Okes GS. P. Local Draft / Barge
177 61,504 / 116,260 11,760 ½ 3,,6 / 2,3

[12:] Very calm & warm weather
[13:] At 6 P.M. got underway &
[14:] proceeded took the Barge
[15:] in tow, she is drawing
[16:] 2 feet 4 & the Steamer
[17:] 3,,5 Inches~ Very calm
[18:] & warm weather & Light
[19:] S. Ely breeze~

[20:] No one came from the
[21:] part of the Turkish authorities
[22:] to say anything about

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[1:] the towing of the Barge~
[2:] We have only Khorshid
[3:] Effendi the Ex. Kaimakam
[4:] of Shatra in 1st Class to
[5:] Baghdad~

5th Tuesd Therm @ 5.72

[A49_363_05:210]

1899

Sept

[6:] At 2,,5 AM we passed
[7:] Gorna~ Light S.Ely breeze
[8:] and dampy~

[9:] At 7,,15 passed Azair;
[10:] At 8 1/2 AM we got to Ghumeyjeh
[11:] & here begun our difficulty
[12:] in steaming up, the place is
[13:] shoal narrow & current Strong,
[14:] We kept steaming ahead
[15:] but scarcely moving, took
[16:] a rope on shore & hove up
[17:] to it~

[18:] The S.S. Ressafah &
[19:] Barge is ahead of us about
[20:] 2 Miles, above the Elbow,
[21:] she has had the same thing
[22:] here for she is two days
[23:] ahead of us;~ at 3
[24:] P.M we got up to the

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[1:] bite & begun to go a little
[2:] quickly~

[3:] We have Altogether 61
[4:] Passengers (Khorshid Effendi
[5:] Kaimakam of Shatra
[6:] only in 1st Class to Baghdad)

[7:] At 5 P.M. we reached the
[8:] Elbow; going very slow;

[9:] Very light air & warm
[10:] Weather & we managed with
[11:] difficulty in passing the
[12:] Elbow by 4 1/2 P.M. and
[13:] at 6 1/2 we stopped below
[14:] Aboo Roba & had to take
[15:] an anchor ahead & heave
[16:] up, the Ressafah is at
[17:] Aboo Roba also trying to
[18:] get up;~ Very warm &
[19:] dampy Weather; it is so
[20:] moisty & no air or rather
[21:] a light S.Ely but very
[22:] moisty & disagreable

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[1:] I cannot go into my Cabin
[2:] it is so warm & moisty;
[3:] We remained at anchor below
[4:] Aboo Roba for the night;
[5:] The Ressafah went on later
[6:] at night from above Aboo
[7:] Roba; Weather warm
[8:] & moisty; It cooled a little
[9:] later at night;

6 Wedn Therm @ 5.73

1899

Sept

[A49_366_06:211]

[10:] Very light air & a little Cool
[11:] We took out an anchor
[12:] & hove up~ At 5,,45 AM
[13:] steamed up Slowly;
[14:] Detained at Aboo Roba in
[15:] the narrow & shoal bend
[16:] & had to heave up~

[17:] At 7,,25 proceeded
[18:] Light S.Ely breeze, at 8,,20
[19:] detained at Nafikh in shoal
[20:] water & going easy; The
[21:] Ressafah is at Kalat Saleh,
[22:] At 10,,40 we went on

[23:] At 1,,50 landed 3
[24:] passengers at Kalat Saleh

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[1:] & went on, The S.S. Ressafah
[2:] & Barge are still here
[3:] she had lightened herself
[4:] into a boat & took the
[5:] Cargo in here~

[6:] Very light N.W. & hot weather,
[7:] We took one passenger from
[8:] Kalat Saleh; The Ressafah
[9:] is following us~

[10:] Breeze shifted to a light
[11:] N.W.~

[12:] At 6 P.M. arrived
[13:] at Amara landed 10 Passng
[14:] & 24 Bales of through Cargo,
[15:] At 6,,30 the SS. Khalifah
[16:] & Barge came down from
[17:] Baghdad; she went alongside
[18:] ahead of us, I went on
[19:] board of her with Capt
[20:] Cowley in the Launch we
[21:] took the Bombay Specie
[22:] back to her; I saw

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[1:] Henry, he says he left
[2:] every body well, they
[3:] left on Sunday with the
[4:] Barge in tow; Shekoory
[5:] Sayegh is on board going
[6:] to work dates for Rufail
[7:] Sayegh; She has 100,000
[8:] OKes & 122 passengers,
[9:] besides some free of Lynch
[10:] people going to work
[11:] for dates, (Georgis Moorad
[12:] & Naoomy Bahoshy etc)

[13:] We came on board at
[14:] 7 P.M~ We took 10
[15:] tons of Coal~

[16:] At 7,,40 P.M. left Amara
[17:] fine weather & light N.W.
[18:] breeze~

7 Thursd Therm @ 5.76 Noon 103 4 P.M. 104

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[A49_368_12:212]

[A49_368_13:213]

[19:] Modte NW. wind and
[20:] fine weather~

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[1:] Gave tickets to 58 Amara
[2:] passengers; (Abdulkadur
[3:] Khdery in 1st Class going
[4:] to see his father Abdulrezak
[5:] being very ill, he goes free
[6:] as well as a Servant with
[7:] him)

[8:] At 9,,10 AM landed 8
[9:] passengers at Ali Gherbi
[10:] and went on at 9,,20; took
[11:] 2 passengers~

[12:] I paid the Ship's Company
[13:] their wages for August;
[14:] Hot wind & modte N.W.

[15:] At 4,,55 P.M. picked
[16:] on board 4 passengers from
[17:] Sheikh Saad for Coot;

[18:] Wind fell down but it is
[19:] nice & cool; The Moon
[20:] is 2 days old;~

[21:] I slept in my cabin it being cool
[22:] with a light N.W. breeze

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[1:] Light N.W. & fine;~
[2:] Detained about 1/2 hour
[3:] below Coot;

8 Frid Therm @ 5.77

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Septr

[A49_370_11:214]

[4:] At 2 AM arrived at
[5:] Coot, went alongside below
[6:] our Dépôt, landed 20 Passeng
[7:] and took in 10 Tons of Coal,

[8:] At 5,,20 AM we left
[9:] Coot, weather getting cloudy,
[10:] it is on the East & South,
[11:] Gave tickets to Coot Passengers
[12:] We have 51 (3 in 1st
[13:] Class, the wife of Khorshid
[14:] Effendi with him in one Cabin
[15:] the Kadi of Haî Rafat رفعت
[16:] Effendi Sinaly, & Izzet
[17:] Effendi an employé in the
[18:] Sennyeh with their families
[19:] & servants on Deck)
[20:] Besides the Hamalbashi
[21:] of Coot free by Capt Cowley;

[22:] At 8,,50 we stopped at
[23:] Um el Boonny the bracket

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[1:] of the rudder carried away,

[2:] At 10,,45 proceeded from
[3:] Umel Boonny, after passing
[4:] through the shoal of
[5:] 2 1/2 draaz; Wind is
[6:] blowing hot & clouds
[7:] still hang about; It
[8:] became very calm and
[9:] hot in the afternoon, the
[10:] clouds which means heat,
[11:] are fading away;

[12:] At 5,,10 P.M. came to
[13:] the shoal at Bughela just
[14:] above the village, Boats
[15:] of Liquorice aground there,
[16:] We sent to sound; & took
[17:] out an anchor ahead & hove
[18:] off from where we touched &
[19:] drifted back & steamed up
[20:] through the marked Channel,

[21:] At 6,,45 proceeded through
[22:] the sounded Channel;
[23:] Very light N.W. breeze,
[24:] & very few clouds~

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[1:] At 7,,10 passed Memlah,
[2:] Very light N.W. breeze~

[3:] At 12 Came to Um Sneyem
[4:] & tryed to pass but touched
[5:] several times & after an
[6:] hour we anchored for the
[7:] night; I slept in the Cabin,
[8:] it being nice & cool;

9 Satur

1899

Sept

[A49_372_05:215]

[A49_373_06:216]

[A49_373_11:217]

1899

Septr

[9:] Modte & Cool N.W. breeze
[10:] at 5 AM proceeded;

[11:] At 10,,15 Grounded at
[12:] Brenij above Humenyeh
[13:] took out an anchor & hove
[14:] off, at 11 we got off, but on
[15:] going on, the arms of the
[16:] starboard wheel broke &
[17:] had to come to for repairs,

[18:] I made up my mind
[19:] to land here & walk
[20:] across to Abdulla to
[21:] shoot; there is a fresh
[22:] wind but the sun is

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[1:] still hot;~

[2:] At 1 1/2 P.M. I dressed
[3:] & took the Deckman
[4:] Shansoka & went out;
[5:] walked across the desert to
[6:] the bank & mound below
[7:] Abdulla reach & walked
[8:] up the bank, no partridges
[9:] are to be seen, the Cover is
[10:] good, but it looks desolate
[11:] & dry; lots of pigs started
[12:] about 15 from beneath the
[13:] cover; I went twice to the
[14:] bank to have a drink
[15:] the wind blowing strong &
[16:] hot; we put up about 6
[17:] or 7 partridges at a distance
[18:] & I shot only one which
[19:] put up before me, after I
[20:] had got far up the reach,
[21:] flashed 3 or 4 hares at a
[22:] distance & by 5 P.M.

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[1:] I had to come to the bank
[2:] & sit down to await for
[3:] the Mejidieh near the place
[4:] used to be called Cherd
[5:] Dowd el Farman, I was
[6:] very tyred & been so very
[7:] disgusted in not finding
[8:] any partridges; Besides
[9:] I could not walk any more,
[10:] having got the pain on my
[11:] right Knee, a muscle or the
[12:] bone commenced to ache
[13:] fearfully so that I could not
[14:] possibly walk or move on,
[15:] the Weather became Cooler
[16:] as the sun went down, &
[17:] I saw the smoke of the Mejidieh
[18:] at Raddat coming up

[19:] At 6,,15 I embarked &
[20:] we went on; The Mejidieh
[21:] had left Brenij at 2,,10

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[1:] P.M~ At 4 she stopped
[2:] at Azizieh & the Boat went
[3:] on shore with Abdul Kadur
[4:] Khdery he expected a
[5:] telegram from Baghdad
[6:] about his father's health,
[7:] but as he had received none,
[8:] so he landed to go overland
[9:] to Baghdad~ Abdulrezack
[10:] Khdery his father must
[11:] have died before this;

[12:] Tom Dexter the 2nd Engineer
[13:] of the Comet was at Azizieh
[14:] he has been sent down to
[15:] explore the best shooting
[16:] grounds by Major Melville
[17:] the British Consul as
[18:] he is coming down in
[19:] the Comet & wants to
[20:] shoot on his way down

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[1:] Very light N.W. breeze and
[2:] fine weather;

[3:] At 8,,20 PM we grounded
[4:] below the Dijleh's wreck,
[5:] took an anchor out & hove
[6:] off, at 10,,45 proceeded
[7:] easy~

[8:] At 11,,15 P.M. passed
[9:] Baghdadieh Fort; Light
[10:] N.W. breeze & fine weather,
[11:] I slept in the Cabin; my
[12:] feet are sore & feel very tyred,
[13:] I see that I cannot walk
[14:] so much as I used to do a
[15:] few years ago, especially
[16:] this pain in my right Knee

10 Sund Therm @ 5.73 Noon 94

[A49_375_13:218]

1899

Septr.

[A49_376_04:219]

[17:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[18:] weather; a proper Autumn
[19:] morning; We passed Oweyn
[20:] at 5 AM~ Detained
[21:] at Bostan 15 M in Shoal
[22:] water~ also at Semra
[23:] about 10 M~

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[1:] At 0,,20 P.M passed
[2:] Ctesiphon; Fine cool
[3:] Weather; Detained 10 minut
[4:] at Jaffer~

[5:] At 4 P.M. passed Diala
[6:] river;~

[7:] At 5,,40 P.M. I landed at
[8:] Gherrara to walk in, there
[9:] are many tents pitched
[10:] out here on the bank;
[11:] Elias Jejo’s family; Antone
[12:] Maghak & many others,
[13:] Also Antone Marine, and
[14:] Jeboory Asfar's family but
[15:] they are not out yet, they
[16:] only have their Tents;
[17:] on reaching the Gardens
[18:] I got a Donkey of a Sakka
[19:] returning from Gherrarah
[20:] & I rode in~ I arrived
[21:] home at 7, saw Eliza on
[22:] top of the house, she is
[23:] alright;

[24:] I found a letter from

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[1:] Edward Blockey from
[2:] London dated the 19 Augst
[3:] he tells me that he went twice
[4:] to see Rezooki Metchich
[5:] but could not see him,
[6:] & his landlord told him
[7:] that Alexander had come
[8:] to Rezooki about 3 weeks
[9:] ago on a Sunday, So
[10:] it appears that Alexander
[11:] has not gone to America,

[12:] Light N. W. & fine cool
[13:] night;

11’ Mond.

Yousif Yaghchi’s 10. child died

H. Abdulrezak Khdery died

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[14:] Variable air & calm;

[15:] The SS. Phrat left this
[16:] morning at 5 am;
[17:] at 7 I called on Sister
[18:] Medula & came on board
[19:] we went alongside the
[20:] wharf to discharge~
[21:] We are leaving the day
[22:] after tomorrow~

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[1:] The little child of Yousif
[2:] Yaghchi who was born
[3:] on 26 Augst, suddenly took
[4:] ill & died on Wednesday
[5:] last the 6th the mother Louisa
[6:] & the father were very much
[7:] grieved & sorry; ~

[8:] H. Abdulrezack Khdery
[9:] died on Thursday night
[10:] the 7th Instt; from an other
[11:] abcess or cancer he got
[12:] on his side, he was over
[13:] 70 years, his son AbdulKadur
[14:] whom we landed at Azizieh
[15:] arrived yesterday morning
[16:] too late to see him;

[17:] I went on shore at 9 AM
[18:] called on Menusha for
[19:] ½ hour & came home,
[20:] I took a bath, & breakfasted

[21:] At 3 P.M. came on
[22:] board to work, we shipped
[23:] Cargo, at 6 P.M. I

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[1:] went home; what a
[2:] fine life this is, we arrived
[3:] last night, & today am
[4:] working on board & tomorrow
[5:] also the whole day &
[6:] we leave the day after,
[7:] I am so disgusted from
[8:] seeing such a work;

[9:] I found Antone Marine
[10:] at home he came for ½ hour
[11:] he is going out to Gherrarah
[12:] with his family, & wife &
[13:] children of Jeboory Asfar
[14:] after we leave ~

[15:] Johny & Artin called on top
[16:] of the house ~ The Monseigneur
[17:] Altmayer had called on us
[18:] during the day, but I
[19:] was on board the steamer,

[20:] Very light & changeable
[21:] air, but cool night

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12’ Tuesd Therm@5.76

1899

Sept

[1:] Very light & variable air,

[2:] At 7 ½ AM I came
[3:] on board; we shipped
[4:] cargo & many bales of wool,

[5:] At 11 ¼ I went home
[6:] to breakfast, returned at
[7:] 2 P.M.; ~ Weather is warm
[8:] & sultry no wind,
[9:] all the Cabins are let,

[10:] We finished at 5 P.M. &
[11:] hauled out; I went home
[12:] found there Sister Medula,
[13:] Antone Marine, Adoola
[14:] my cousin & Shekoory
[15:] Andrea; they left at 6;

[16:] Mr. Duncan Alexander
[17:] the clerk of the Comet and
[18:] husband of Regina my
[19:] Niece called on us on
[20:] top of the house till
[21:] 7 ½ ~

[22:] Modte N.W. & fine

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[1:] Modte N.W. wind &
[2:] fine ~

Sept 13

[3:] At 4,,30 AM I came
[4:] on board ~

Baghdad to Basreh [13 SEP 1899 --- V049_28_S] (//) Barge in tow; (//)

[A49_381_04:220]

[A49_381_08:221]

[A49_381_13:222]

[A49_381_17:223]

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Passgers Okes G.S. Piast Draft
168 1/2 115,665 21948 ½ 3.3

[7:] At 5,,30 AM. We got underway
[8:] and proceeded; Fair weather
[9:] & light N.W. breeze;

[10:] At 7 passed Gherrarah
[11:] there are great many Tents
[12:] pitched out above and
[13:] below the garden, also on
[14:] the opposite side ~

[15:] At 8,,15 passed Diala
[16:] detained 10 M. in turning
[17:] round;

[18:] Finished with the passenger
[19:] tickets we have altogether 120 ½
[20:] (6 in 1st class cabins, Jeboory
[21:] Asfar returning with a

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[1:] servant free; the wife
[2:] of the Custum House Mudir
[3:] of Basreh & servant free,
[4:] the Kadi of Montefik
[5:] Halim Effendi; the wife
[6:] of Nessoory Toma Khayat
[7:] & her son Behjet who is
[8:] going back to Beyrout
[9:] to finish his Medical
[10:] study at the university,
[11:] and a Russian traveler
[12:] Dr. Shaniavsky, coming
[13:] from Persia & going to
[14:] Bushire, (Probably a Russian
[15:] spy for the Persian Gulf Affair)
[16:] and 2 in 2nd Class the
[17:] Chaldean Priest Gabriel
[18:] and Faraj the son of Elias
[19:] Serkis)

[20:] At 8,,40 anchored at Aboo
[21:] Hmar & sounded, at 9.15
[22:] proceeded;

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[1:] At 10,,45 passed Ctesiphon,
[2:] Modte & cool N.W. breeze,

[3:] At 6 P.M. passed
[4:] Baghdadieh ~ Light
[5:] N.W. & fine;

[6:] At 7.35 P.M. we anchored
[7:] at Remlat ~

[8:] At 7,,50 the S.S. Ressafah
[9:] & Barge passed up; ~

[10:] I slept in my cabin, it is not so
[11:] warm & got cooler at night;

14 Thursd Therm@5.73

1899

Sept

[12:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[13:] weather;

[14:] At 5 AM. we proceeded
[15:] At 6,45 passed Azizieh
[16:] Fine N.W. breeze & cool;

[17:] At 7,,15 landed 2 Passengers
[18:] booked for Azizieh & 4 Bundle
[19:] gunnies at Zwyet el Zereh
[20:] to some grain Boats and
[21:] went on at 7,,30 ~

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[1:] At 9.20 AM passed the
[2:] SS Khalifah & Barge in tow
[3:] going up at Toweel; ~

[4:] The S. Phrat is ahead of us
[5:] on her way down;

[6:] At 0,45 P.M. we passed
[7:] the Phrat at Sheresh where
[8:] she had anchored to
[9:] sound ~

[10:] At 2,,25 passed
[11:] Memlah;

[12:] At 2,30 passed the SS.
[13:] Baghdad & Barge going up
[14:] above Bughela ~

[15:] At 2,,45 grounded above
[16:] Bughela, took an anchor
[17:] out & hove off; at 3,,55
[18:] proceeded; at 4 landed
[19:] 2 passengers at Bughela

[20:] At 5,,10 we anchored
[21:] at Mehdi & sounded

[22:] At 5,,35 proceeded, Fine
[23:] Modte N.W. breeze ~

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[1:] At 7,,25 anchored for the
[2:] night; Fine cool weather,
[3:] I slept in Cabin ~

15 Frid Therm@5.69

1899

Sept

[4:] Light N.W. breeze & fine
[5:] Very Cool weather ~

[6:] At 5 AM proceeded,
[7:] it is very cool & pleasant
[8:] weather ~

[9:] At 6,,10 anchored at
[10:] Umel Boonny & sounded,
[11:] found an other channel
[12:] on the west side between
[13:] two sand banks; & we had
[14:] to withdraw up stream
[15:] with a stern anchor on
[16:] heaving up & stopping &
[17:] loosing such a long time
[18:] in this sort of work;
[19:] We then steamed up & turned round
[20:] & steamed through the two
[21:] sand banks & went on at
[22:] 8,,45 AM; ~

[23:] At 8,,55 Grounded further
[24:] down ~ Took an anchor

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[1:] out ahead & hove off

[2:] At 9,,45 proceeded; Strong
[3:] wind blowing;

[4:] At 11,30 arrived at Coot
[5:] landed 15 passengers and
[6:] 33 Packges; I received here
[7:] Henry’s letter & papers, the
[8:] Khalifah had 233,000 Okes
[9:] including 10 Tons Coal for
[10:] Baghdad, & about 60 Passeng
[11:] the Nadir of the Custum House
[12:] went back in her; ~
[13:] Our Coal in the Depôt here
[14:] has taken fire since 3
[15:] days, there are 200 Tons in
[16:] the room, & they have not
[17:] made sufficiently large
[18:] windows or winsels in it
[19:] for ventilation; We have
[20:] employed Coolies to shift
[21:] it, @ ½ Besh per ton;

[22:] At 1 P.M. we left Coot
[23:] took 16 Passengers,

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[1:] At 6,,30 P.M. landed 2
[2:] passengers at Sheikh Saad
[3:] and went on at 6,,35 ~

[4:] Light N.W. breeze & fine
[5:] weather; It is Hassan
[6:] el Jendil whom we landed
[7:] at Sheikh Saad; there are
[8:] still some troops encamped
[9:] here, on account of the quarrel
[10:] they had the tribes of Jendil
[11:] with the Megassis ~

[12:] At 6,,55 we rounded &
[13:] came to at Aboo Dood;

[14:] Light N.W. & fine cool night,
[15:] I slept in the cabin;

16 Satur Therm@5.72; Noon 94; 4 PM 98

[16:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[17:] morning ~

[18:] At 5 AM. proceeded from
[19:] Aboo Dood ~

[20:] At 9 Passed Ali Gherbi,
[21:] At 10,,45 grounded [strikethrough]
[22:] above Flefleh reach,

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[1:] Took an anchor out Astern
[2:] & hove off; ~ At 11,,45
[3:] proceeded;

[4:] At 3 P.M. passed Ali Sherghi
[5:] weather became very Calm
[6:] by sunset, & warm in the
[7:] Cabin;

[8:] At 8,,45 P.M. arrived at
[9:] Amara landed 38 Passengs
[10:] and 93 Packages; (the
[11:] Chaldean Priest Jubraîl
[12:] landed here); Took 5 Shipped two
[13:] tons of Coal; ~ Shipped two
[14:] Boxes of Pelican Feathers;

[15:] At 11 left Amara,
[16:] Light N.W. & fine

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Septr

[17:] At 0.45 AM we anchored
[18:] above Aboo Sedra ~

[19:] At 5 AM proceeded
[20:] Light N.W. & fine cool weather

[21:] Took 28 Passengers from
[22:] Amara; ~

[23:] At 8,,30 we grounded

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[1:] at Nafikh on the west bank
[2:] at 9.50 went on and
[3:] passed through the shoal
[4:] place; Detained in several
[5:] places going easy & stopping

[6:] At 1,,5 P.M. passed Azair,
[7:] At 5,,10 landed 11 passengers
[8:] at Gorna (one of Basreh)
[9:] Went on at 5,,20; weather
[10:] calm & not so cool;

[11:] At 10 ½ P.M. arrived at
[12:] Basreh ~

18 Mond Therm@5.74

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1899

Sept

[A49_390_03:227]

[13:] Light N.W. & fine; ~
[14:] We discharged cargo; there
[15:] are here the S.S. Turkistan
[16:] for Asfar & Co, & the S.S. Norge
[17:] for G. Mackenzie & Co, no
[18:] steamers in quarantine,

[19:] The S.S. [strikethrough] Afghanistan for
[20:] G. [strikethrough] Asfar & Co arrived
[21:] in quarantine at 7 AM:

[22:] Mr. Daw (one of our

Page 389:

[1:] former officers in the Service
[2:] of about 24 years ago, has
[3:] come up from Bombay with
[4:] his wife & goes up with us
[5:] he married Blaney’s
[6:] daughter in Baghdad,
[7:] he was up here the last
[8:] time about 5 ½ years
[9:] ago; ~ We were ready to
[10:] go up today; but the Agent
[11:] of Lynch here Mr. Richards
[12:] postponed our departure
[13:] till tomorrow as had
[14:] already notified so;

[15:] At 1 P.M. I went up with
[16:] Rezooki Sayegh to their house,
[17:] saw there Tookyeh, also
[18:] Shekoory Sayegh employed
[19:] by Rufail to superintend
[20:] the packing of his date
[21:] Boxes about 10 or 11,000
[22:] The price of dates has been
[23:] fixe at 260 Shamies (10
[24:] G. SP. per Shami) the Hellawy
[25:] & Khadrawi per big

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[1:] Kara of 40 Baskets &
[2:] the Saîr at 120, it is the
[3:] cheapest price that they
[4:] have seen for many years
[5:] as the the crop this year
[6:] has been one of the most
[7:] extraordinary abundant
[8:] But now the price went
[9:] down so low as 220
[10:] & even 210, & the Saîr
[11:] too in proportion; The
[12:] exporter of dates will
[13:] make a good profit in
[14:] England, as it is selling
[15:] in London at 14 Shillings
[16:] & now came down to
[17:] 13 & 12 per one hundred
[18:] weight;

[19:] Rezooki Angoody came there
[20:] & we all dined together,
[21:] then Yousif Marine came
[22:] from Shaebyeh he
[23:] went to see Jeboory

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[1:] Asfar & thence went
[2:] back to Shaebyeh,

[3:] The SS. Phrat came
[4:] down at about 10 P.M.

[5:] I slept in the room with
[6:] windows open & was not
[7:] warm, every body is
[8:] sleeping down ~

19 Tuesd

1899

[9:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[10:] morning; at 7 AM I
[11:] came on board with Rezooki
[12:] Angoorly ~

[13:] An English Gunboat
[14:] arrived up to the quarantine
[15:] station, at 11 the Lapwing
[16:] We finished cargo at 2 P.M.
[17:] got the Barge alongside,

[18:] Nessoory Andrea &
[19:] Rezooki Angoorly came
[20:] to me & went away;
[21:] Wind falling down,

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Passg Okes / Barge Okes G.S.P. Local Draft / Barge
248 ½ 77799 / 113,010 18932 ¼ 3.6 / 2.5

[3:] At 5,,20 P.M. got under=
[4:] way & proceeded ~ Light
[5:] N.W. & rather warm in
[6:] Cabin; Ship is drawing 3,,6
[7:] and the Barge 2.6 Inches;
[8:] Mr. Daw his wife, & Mr. G.S. Fisher
[9:] of the American excavating
[10:] mission at Nuffar are
[11:] messing with us ~

[12:] Weather became cooler later
[13:] on, I slept in the Cabin,
[14:] Fine clear weather and
[15:] ful moon today ~

20 Wedn Therm@5.68

[A49_393_01:229]

[A49_393_13:230]

[A49_393_18:231]

1899

Sept

[A49_394_03:232]

[A49_394_08:233]

[16:] At 1.30 AM anchored
[17:] at Gorna landed [strikethrough] two passenger
[18:] and took on board the
[19:] Motserrif of Nasryeh
[20:] Towfik Pasha and

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[1:]
[2:] his family & servants and
[3:] a great quantity of Kit,
[4:] they all went up on deck,
[5:] On our way down he sent
[6:] to tell us that he wanted
[7:] two 1st Class passage &
[8:] I left two Cabins for him,
[9:] he has a lot of Kit which
[10:] was all weighed, 1450 Okes,

[11:] At 2 AM left Gorna,
[12:] Light N.W. & fine cool
[13:] morning ~

[14:] At 7 passed Azair,
[15:] Finished with the passengers
[16:] tickets;

[17:] We have altogether 149
[18:] from Basreh & 14 ½ from
[19:] Gorna (3 in 1st Class Cabins
[20:] Mr. C.S. Fisher of the Americans
[21:] excavating at Nuffar who
[22:] went down with us on 7
[23:] May, & Mr. & Mrs. Daw
[24:] our former mate in the

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[1:] Dijleh coming to stay about
[2:] 18 months in Baghdad &
[3:] his wife is the daughter of
[4:] Blaney the old carpenter
[5:] of the Comet his widow
[6:] is in Baghdad & was married
[7:] to Mr. Cole who was the
[8:] chief Engineer in the Khalifah
[9:] & is now in Baghdad;

[10:] From 7 ¾ after passing
[11:] the Canal of Ghumeyjeh
[12:] we commenced to go slow
[13:] the current became strong &
[14:] narrow; we kept steaming
[15:] & advancing gradually
[16:] & then took a rope on shore
[17:] & also an anchor & hove
[18:] & steamed; at 2 P.M.
[19:] the foremost Capstan
[20:] of the Barge broke off
[21:] & rolled overboard, We
[22:] are not moving at all;

[23:] They worked in heaving

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[1:] & steaming till 9 ½ P.M. and
[2:] knocked off ~ The weather
[3:] is Calm but cool, in my
[4:] Cabin the mosquitoes and
[5:] sandflies are very troublesom
[6:] I could not sleep, until
[7:] I put the curtain at 11 P.M.,

21 Thursd Therm@5.70

1899

Sept

[8:] Very light N.W. air and
[9:] fine; At 5 AM begun
[10:] to steam on going very
[11:] slow, at 6,,40 we got
[12:] over the place & went
[13:] on slow the current being
[14:] very strong; we detained
[15:] above the Elbow in Shoal
[16:] water & heaving till 2 P.M.
[17:] It was 3 P.M. when we
[18:] passed Aboo Roba a
[19:] distance of about 3 miles
[20:] we went since this morning,
[21:] Weather very Calm &
[22:] warm a little ~ A light
[23:] Southerly breeze but so calm
[24:] & warm it became &
[25:] very unplaisant;

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[1:] From 6 till 6 ½ P.M. We
[2:] were detained at Nafikh
[3:] in steaming over the shoal
[4:] between an island & the
[5:] West bank; Very Calm
[6:] & warm in the Cabin;

[7:] At 7,,55 P.M. landed 9
[8:] passengers at Kalat Saleh
[9:] and took 4 ½ & went on
[10:] at 8, very light Southerly
[11:] breeze & Calm weather;
[12:] It is warm in cabin & there
[13:] are mosquitoes ~

22 Frid Therm@5.72

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[A49_397_16:236]

1899

Sept

Regina my niece delivered a son on 18th

[14:] At 2 AM arrived at
[15:] Amara, landed 21 Passeng
[16:] & 15 Bales of P. Goods through
[17:] Cargo by Arabistan ~
[18:] We took 10 Tons of Coal
[19:] & some 12 packages of
[20:] cargo ~

[21:] At 4.45 AM left
[22:] Amara ~ Southerly breeze

Page 397:

[1:] & dampy;

[2:] We took [strikethrough] 50 passengers
[3:] from Amara ~

[4:] At 11.30 passed Ali Sherghi
[5:] Alle 1.45 P.M. met the
[6:] S. Khalifah coming down,
[7:] we stopped, & sent her
[8:] the through Indian Specie
[9:] for the Mail Steamer, &
[10:] my letter & Papers to Henry,
[11:] she has the Barge in tow
[12:] empty; she has 104,000 Okes of
[13:] Cargo & 80 passengers,
[14:] Mr. Mayle the wife
[15:] Michail Raffy, Mr. Rigo
[16:] of the Public Debts an
[17:] other Mohamedan are
[18:] in 1st Class; Henry tells
[19:] me that Eliza my wife is
[20:] out encamped with Yousif
[21:] Korkis etc at Gherrara
[22:] but it is curious how I
[23:] did not receive a telegram
[24:] from her ~ At 1,,55 We
[25:] went on ~

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[1:] Weather Very Calm,
[2:] Hazy & even some clouds
[3:] are hanging on;~

[4:] At 5,,40 P.M. landed
[5:] 9 passengers at Ali
[6:] Gherbi, took 5 ½ & went
[7:] on at 5,,50~ Very calm
[8:] & hazy, but it is cooling down
[9:] a little, the sky is dim and
[10:] foggy like;~

[11:] At 6,,50 touched a Shoal
[12:] above Maghessil sent to sound;
[13:] Moon rose at 7 ½, Pilot
[14:] came back at this time too;
[15:] Very light Westerly breeze but
[16:] Cool Weather~

[17:] At 8,,30 we dropped down
[18:] to opposite Maghessil Grove
[19:] & then steamed up the East
[20:] bank~

[21:] Weather became very cool
[22:] but dampy, with a light
[23:] S. Westly breeze~

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1899

Septr

Rezooki Yousif Serkis died on 16th

[1:] Light S. Westly, & very cool
[2:] weather~ At 3 Am passed
[3:] Sheikh Saad;

[4:] At 1,,10 P.M. arrived at
[5:] Coot near our Depôt, landed
[6:] 16 passengers & 13 Bales
[7:] of P. Goods through cargo,
[8:] Took 10 Tons of Coal;

[9:] I received an other letter
[10:] here from Henry, he tells
[11:] me that Regina my
[12:] niece & daughter of Sister
[13:] Eliza Wife of Mr.
[14:] Duncan Alexander the
[15:] Clerk of the Comet has
[16:] delivered a son on Monday
[17:] the 18th Instt at 9 am;

[18:] I here received a telegram
[19:] from Yousif Korkis
[20:] telling me that Eliza
[21:] my Wife is encamped
[22:] out with them~

[23:] At 3,,40 P.M. we left

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[1:] Coot; Very Calm Weather
[2:] a very light S. Erly air,

[3:] Took 23 Passengers from
[4:] Coot (one in 1st Class
[5:] Abdulwahab son of
[6:] Abdulrezak Effendi Agent
[7:] of the Turkish Steamers)
[8:] also Skander Aziz on
[9:] the upper after deck as
[10:] there are no cabins on
[11:] paying extra half deck
[12:] Viz 3 Mejidies~

[13:] An other Sad news I
[14:] heard from Skander Aziz
[15:] of the death of Rezooki
[16:] Yousif Serkis on the 16th
[17:] Instt, I don’t know from what
[18:] cause, but poor man he
[19:] was always delicate in
[20:] health & miserable, he
[21:] leaves his wife Catherina
[22:] daughter of Reesha Andrea
[23:] & about 7 children all

Page 401:

[1:] grown up & the daughters
[2:] not married yet; he was
[3:] ill for 3 days only;

[4:] We passed the S.S. Ressafah
[5:] & Barge going down at
[6:] about 1 P.M. at Mahomed
[7:] Abool Hassan;

[8:] At 7 P.M. We anchored at
[9:] the top of Umel Boonni at
[10:] Algaya & sent to sound,
[11:] found 2 ¾ draaz, Pilot came
[12:] back at 8;~ Moon rose
[13:] at 8 ½; We remained at anchor
[14:] for the night; Fine clear
[15:] moonlight night~

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1899

Septr

[16:] Very light N.W. breeze,
[17:] and clouds are hanging on
[18:] At 5 Am steamed to the
[19:] shoal grounded, took an
[20:] anchor ahead & hove off

[21:] At 6,,40 proceeded from
[22:] the top of Umel Boonny
[23:] reach~

[24:] Detained 15 M. in shoal water
[25:] on the top of Umel Ajaj~

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[1:] Hot N.W. breeze is blowing
[2:] with clouds around us;

[3:] At 1,,30 P.M. landed
[4:] 2 passengers at Bughela
[5:] and took 3~ At 1,,35
[6:] came to the Shoal above
[7:] the Village, sent to Sound,

[8:] At 2,,40 we steamed over
[9:] & went on;

[10:] At 3 passed Memlah;
[11:] Detained at Sheresh from 5 ½
[12:] till 6 in shoal water;
[13:] Clouds disappeared, a very
[14:] light N.W. breeze~

[15:] Clouds still hanging on the
[16:] N. & W. horyzon & not so cool,
[17:] We easied & stopped at many
[18:] places~

25 Mond Ther @5. 75 Noon 98 4 P.m 100

x At 1,,20 P.M. passed the SS. Baghdad bound down

[19:] At 0,,45 Am anchored
[20:] at Zeljeh, weather became
[21:] hazy & a little foggy;

[22:] At 5 proceeded; Very
[23:] light air & clouds spreading
[24:] every where~

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[1:] At 7,,40 am passed Azizieh
[2:] Village~

[3:] I paid the Ship’s people
[4:] their wages today for this
[5:] month, as our two day’s
[6:] stay in Baghdad every time,
[7:] would not give me time
[8:] to do so;~

[9:] At 1 P.M. passed Baghdadieh,
[10:] Clouds still & hot day; x
[11:] Southerly breeze and warm
[12:] disagreable Weather;

[13:] After sunset it became dark
[14:] & weather very unsettled with
[15:] a light S. Erly breeze we got
[16:] to Aweyn by 7 P.M.~
[17:] We touched here & then anchored,
[18:] sent to sound, & remained for
[19:] the night at anchor, the
[20:] channel is very good and
[21:] weather fine~

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1899

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1899

Sept

[22:] Light S. Erly breeze, with
[23:] some clouds on the East
[24:] & southern parts;

[25:] At 5 Am proceeded

Page 404:

[1:] from Oweyn;

[2:] Detained in Shoal water
[3:] at Bostan from 8,,10 till
[4:] 9 Am~

[5:] At 0,,30 P.M. passed
[6:] Ctesiphon~

[7:] At 3,35 passed Diala
[8:] river; Still cloudy &
[9:] breeze from West;~

[10:] At 5,10 I landed just above
[11:] the Bridge of Gherrarah &
[12:] walked back crossed over
[13:] the bridge to Yousif Korkis’
[14:] Tents where my wife Eliza
[15:] is encamped with 2 Tents
[16:] & 2 the Very small ones;
[17:] there are also Yousif Korkis
[18:] & his family & mother,
[19:] Georgis Segman, & Rezooki
[20:] Tessy;~ and on the other side
[21:] at Gherrarah are over
[22:] 50 Tents lots of Christians
[23:] & among them Antone
[24:] Marine & Sedy Wife

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[1:] of Jeboory Asfar~

[2:] Eliza is well; she has
[3:] some letters arrived for
[4:] me two from Shweiger
[5:] one from Joory son of
[6:] Antone Marine from
[7:] Beyrout, and one from
[8:] my sister in law Blanche
[9:] from Eplissier par Poix
[10:] Somme, France where
[11:] she had gone to see her
[12:] sons being unwell, and
[13:] she sends me the correspondence
[14:] she has had with my
[15:] son Alexander in London
[16:] she wrote to him [strikethrough]
[17:] & he answered her on the
[18:] 17 Augt a very long letter
[19:] which she sent me to
[20:] read a tremendous long
[21:] letter telling her all
[22:] what happened to him
[23:] and how I behaved to
[24:] him in an ungrateful

Page 406:

[1:] manner etc etc, it took
[2:] me about an hour to
[3:] read & translate to Eliza
[4:] which made us feel
[5:] quite sick & sorry to
[6:] see him still insisting
[7:] in his former pretentions
[8:] & telling all sorts of
[9:] fibs & lyes; so much
[10:] that I could not eat or
[11:] sleep the whole night &
[12:] there were plenty of Sandflies

27 Wednes

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1899

Sept

[13:] Light N.W. & fine or
[14:] Calm, at 6 Am after
[15:] I took my tea I left Eliza
[16:] Walked over the bridge
[17:] & there found the donkey
[18:] waiting for me I rode
[19:] to town, arrived home
[20:] at 7 Am, there are a
[21:] Mossully & his Wife sleeping
[22:] & looking after the house

Page 407:

[1:] I washed & called on
[2:] sister [strikethrough] Medula
[3:] & then came on board
[4:] at 8, worked & at 9
[5:] left & went to see Sister
[6:] Eliza, & then to Regina
[7:] her daughter who is confined
[8:] of a son on the 18th~
[9:] I called in Office took 60 £
[10:] from Mr. Bottomley, also
[11:] called on the Assyrian Bishop
[12:] & on poor Catterina Wife
[13:] of Rezooki Serkis who
[14:] died on the 16th Aged about
[15:] 63 years old; at 12
[16:] I went & breakfasted with
[17:] sister Medula & came
[18:] home at 1 P.M. had a
[19:] cold bath & at 3 P.M.
[20:] came on board, worked
[21:] in shipping cargo,
[22:] at 5 went home,

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[1:] Weather became very cloudy
[2:] all over & a few drops
[3:] of rain fell; Artin came
[4:] and we both went to Sister
[5:] Medula & dined with them
[6:] on top of the house;
[7:] At 9 P.M. we left I came
[8:] home, I slept below in
[9:] the big room, It blew a
[10:] Very strong wind squally
[11:] & dusty & cloudy;

28 Thursd

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[A49_409_09:245]

1899

[12:] N. Erly Wind & cloudy [strikethrough]
[13:] Weather not cool & fresh

[14:] At 8 Am I came on board
[15:] having waited for Eliza
[16:] my wife but she had
[17:] not come till 9 Am;

[18:] We are shipping cargo a
[19:] good deal; Weather got cloudy
[20:] all over & hot~
[21:] At 11 ½ went home saw Eliza
[22:] came in from Gherrara,
[23:] We breakfasted & I came
[24:] on board at 1 ½ P.M.

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[1:] We are shipping cargo, it
[2:] is very warm & cloudy a
[3:] curious Weather now
[4:] The Thermotr. was 98 in my
[5:] cabin this afternoon;

[6:] At 5 P.M. I finished and
[7:] Went home, Johny &
[8:] Artin called in the evening

[9:] A son of Azoori Chanteduc
[10:] about 4 years old
[11:] died yesterday evening
[12:] from having been burnt
[13:] while playing with his
[14:] brother; Azoori or Lazar
[15:] Chanteduc is the brother
[16:] of Menusha Henry’s
[17:] Wife, he is employed at
[18:] Lynch as clerk;

[19:] We slept in the big room
[20:] but it is awfully warm
[21:] no air & suffocating
[22:] Weather is cloudy
[23:] too;

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29’ Frid

Septr.

[A49_410_09:246]

[1:] Light air & warm~
[2:] At 4 Am Eliza & the
[3:] Watchman Muttar
[4:] came with me to the
[5:] steamer to land them
[6:] at Gherrarah; I asked
[7:] Capt Cowley Yesterday to
[8:] land them; also to Allow
[9:] the Khoory Toma Bahi
[10:] to let him land with her
[11:] as he wants to see the
[12:] Assyrian Bishop Aghnatius
[13:] off, as this latter is going
[14:] to Calcutta for 6 month’s
[15:] leave for business & the
[16:] Khoory Toma is acting for
[17:] him; But this morning
[18:] when Capt Cowley came on
[19:] board he sent to say that
[20:] he cannot take Khoory
[21:] Toma to Gherrarah as
[22:] Mr. Bottomley Objects

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[1:] to landing any people,
[2:] I offered to pay the
[3:] Coot passage, & even
[4:] that he objected, so he
[5:] went back on shore,
[6:] I am awfully sorry, for
[7:] it, as my wife had invited
[8:] him to stay & breakfast
[9:] with her; I am so very
[10:] sorry & disappointed at
[11:] such a disgusting way
[12:] of treatment~

Baghdad to Basreh [29 SEP 1899 --- V049_30_S] (//) with Barge (//)

1899

Septr

Passeng Okes G. S Piast Draft
210 79411 19,663 ¼ 3,4,,

[15:] At 5,,45 Am. Got under-
[16:] way & proceeded~ Barge
[17:] in tow, At 6,10 went too
[18:] close to the East bank at
[19:] Cherd el Pasha near a Sunken
[20:] Boat & she touched & grounded
[21:] had to take out a stern

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[1:] anchor & heave her stern
[2:] off~ At 6,,30 we went on,

[3:] At 8,,10 landed my
[4:] Wife Eliza & Muttar the
[5:] Watchman below the Bridge
[6:] of Gerrara, below their
[7:] Tents on the West bank;
[8:] Went on at 8,,15; Kass
[9:] Toma Bahi was out &
[10:] came down the bank to
[11:] Meet Eliza;~

[12:] At 9 passed Diala river,
[13:] At 10,,55 passed Ctesiphon,

[14:] Gave tickets to the Passeng.
[15:] We have altogether 183,
[16:] (3 ½ in 1st Class, the Assyrian
[17:] Bishop Aghnatios;
[18:] Abdulkadur Khdery free
[19:] to Amara, and the Wife
[20:] of Artin Malcon son of
[21:] Abdulla Malcon, & her
[22:] daughter to Basreh, and

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[1:] 1 ½ in 2nd class the daughter
[2:] of Abdulla Malcom &
[3:] a girl with her)

[4:] Weather is very unpleasant,
[5:] Cloudy, dusty, S. Erly wind
[6:] and very hot & oppressive,

[7:] At 7,5 we anchored above
[8:] the Fort of Baghdadieh~
[9:] Light Southerly breeze,
[10:] It became cooler at night,
[11:] I slept in the cabin;

30 Satur Th@5. 72

1899

Sept

unusually warm weather

[12:] Light Southerly breeze &
[13:] Cool weather~

[14:] At 5,,15 Am proceeded,
[15:] At 5,,50 met the Khalifah
[16:] coming up, below Baghdadieh
[17:] she stopped & sent us back
[18:] the through specie, hers &
[19:] ours of last trip not having
[20:] met the mail steamer,
[21:] she arrived in Basreh on
[22:] Sunday morning and
[23:] left on Monday evening

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[1:] Henry sent me the letters &
[2:] Papers, the Khalifah &
[3:] Barge having about
[4:] 190,000 Okes; and no Passengs
[5:] in cabins, & about 120
[6:] Deck;~

[7:] At 6 Am we went on;
[8:] Breeze shifted to N. West
[9:] at 6 ½ & became nice
[10:] & cool; again it shifted to South,

[11:] At 8,,30 passed Azizieh,
[12:] Detained at Zwyet el Zere from
[13:] 9 till 9,,15 in shoal water

[14:] At 9,,25 passed the S Phrat
[15:] & Barge bound up~

[16:] At 4 P.M. passed Memlah
[17:] At 4,,15 grounded above the
[18:] Village of Bughela, took an
[19:] anchor out, sounded &
[20:] hove off & left at 5,,15;

[21:] At 5,,30 landed one Passeng
[22:] at Bughela & went on,
[23:] at 5,,35~

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[1:] At 6,,30 anchored for the
[2:] night at Hamrayah~

[3:] Very light N.W. breeze but
[4:] not cool;

Octor 1st Sund Ther @ 5. 73 Noon 99 4 P.M.

1899

Octor

[5:] At 5,,15 Am. Proceeded
[6:] from Hamraya~ Light N.W.
[7:] & fine~

[8:] Grounded at Umel
[9:] Boonni from 8 ½ till 9,15
[10:] & got off by an anchor;

[11:] Wind shifted to a fresh S. Erly

[12:] At 11,15 Arrived at Coot
[13:] landed 21 ½ passengers
[14:] & 19 Packges; It became
[15:] Very calm & hot with
[16:] some clouds & very nasty
[17:] & oppressive weather,
[18:] a remarcable thing
[19:] for this time of the weather
[20:] since the 21 Ulto it
[21:] has not changed for the
[22:] better;

[23:] At 0,,50 P.M. We dropped

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[1:] down & left Coot; Took
[2:] 5 passengers~

[3:] At 6,,45 P.M. we rounded
[4:] & came to for the night at
[5:] Aboo Dood;~ Breeze
[6:] Very light from N. Wester
[7:] & dark;~

2 Mond Th@ 5, 78 Noon 89 4 P.M. 98

[8:] Light S. Ely breeze & cloudy

[9:] At 5,,15 Am. proceeded
[10:] from Aboo Dood~

[11:] At 6,,45 grounded at
[12:] the bottom of Seyd Abbass,
[13:] took anchors out & sent
[14:] to sound~

[15:] It became very cloudy all
[16:] over & Wintry look, and
[17:] looks like rain falling
[18:] in the distance;~

[19:] We got off at 9,,30 & steamed
[20:] to the shoal & grounded
[21:] took out anchors ahead
[22:] & kept heaving;

[23:] At 11,,40 got off & proceeded

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[1:] At 1,,55 P.M passed Ali
[2:] Gherbi; still cloudy &
[3:] light S. Erly breeze; Clouds
[4:] still are some hanging on,
[5:] The breeze fell down by sun
[6:] set & became Calm and
[7:] warm,~

3 Tuesd Th@ 5, 77 Noon 91 4 P.M. 96

1899

Octor

[8:] At 1,5 Am arrived at
[9:] Amara landed 43 ½ passeng.
[10:] and 41 Packages (and
[11:] Abdulkadur Khdery in 1st
[12:] Class free without ticket)

[13:] The SS. [strikethrough] Ressafah & Barge came
[14:] up at about 2 am from
[15:] Basreh; We shipped 4
[16:] cases of feathers;

[17:] At 5 Am left Amara
[18:] S. Erly breeze dampy & cloudy
[19:] Took 22 Passengers;

[20:] It took us from 11 Am from
[21:] Nafikh till 2 P.M. when
[22:] We passed the Elbow;

[23:] At 4 P.M. passed Azair,
[24:] They are demolishing the

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[1:] Dome which had fallen
[2:] down 2 Years ago to rebuild
[3:] it;~ Clouds all over and
[4:] Very light S. Erly & Warm,

[5:] At 8,,5 P.M. landed 4 ½
[6:] passengers at Gorna and
[7:] went on at 8,,10, dark
[8:] Cloudy & Light S. Erly warm
[9:] weather~ I could not
[10:] sleep from the heat & dampness
[11:] in the cabin, so warm and
[12:] disagreable~

4 Wedn

[A49_419_16:247]

Rumour

1899 Octor

of Cholera at Basreh

1899

Octor

[A49_422_09:248]

Okes: 158,460

[13:] At 2 Am dropped Anchor
[14:] below Maghil & left at 5
[15:] for Basreh, arrived at
[16:] 5 ½ landed the passengers
[17:] & were told to go up along-
[18:] side the Blosse Lynch and
[19:] load cargo from her;

[20:] Very nasty warm weather,
[21:] cloudy all over dampy
[22:] & a very light N. Erly;

[23:] There are here the S.S.

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[1:] Turkistan, Kurdistan and
[2:] Afghanistan for Asfar
[3:] and the Norge & Treasury
[4:] for Gray Mackenzie and
[5:] the English Gunboat Lapwing
[6:] and in quarantine,, there
[7:] are the “Muristan” for Kaideri
[8:] Asfar, the B&P Gulf Str
[9:] the SS. Wingrove for G. Mackenzie
[10:] the Malamir, & about
[11:] 50 Bugalows;~

[12:] We went up alongside the
[13:] Blosse Lynch at 7 AM;~
[14:] Breeze shifted to S. Erly and
[15:] Clouds still remain, it is
[16:] very warm & muggy;
[17:] Yousif Marine came to
[18:] me for few minutes;

[19:] I have just heard from
[20:] M. Cooper the Agent here of
[21:] the Persian Tombac Society,
[22:] & from others that there
[23:] is rumour of Cholera
[24:] here, at Abool Khassib
[25:] about 6 Arabs got attacked

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[1:] With disentry & vomiting
[2:] while working in packing
[3:] dates, also the son of
[4:] Teophile Tonietti's wife a
[5:] young boy of about 18 years
[6:] died the other day, but
[7:] it is not sure yet whether
[8:] it is the Cholera;

[9:] At 11 the "Norge" left & at 11 1/2
[10:] the Turkistan left for New
[11:] York direct;

[12:] Rezooki Sayegh came to me
[13:] at 1 P.M. & I went with him
[14:] to their house, saw there
[15:] Tookyeh & Roofail; The
[16:] Assyrian Bishop Aghnatios
[17:] called on them; he has
[18:] put up at Jeboory Asfar

[19:] At 5 P.M. Rufail Rezooki
[20:] & I went to call on Jeboory
[21:] but could not see him, he
[22:] is too busy in his office.
[23:] We sat with the Bishop
[24:] & came back at 6,
[25:] I saw Shekoory Sayeh

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[1:] who is working at the
[2:] dates of Rufail up at
[3:] Ghubai (above Shaebyeh)
[4:] Rezooki Angoorly also came
[5:] We all dined together,
[6:] They say that all these
[7:] Arabs & the son of Toma
[8:] Kroomy, Antone whom
[9:] they said that they had
[10:] the Cholera is false, they
[11:] died from other causes,
[12:] from the way they have
[13:] been living in those date
[14:] Chardaks very dirty & they
[15:] eat much dates & Salt &
[16:] dead fish; ~

[17:] The weather is still very
[18:] disagreable, light S. Erly
[19:] air & dampy warm,

[20:] I slept in the big room
[21:] with all windows open,
[22:] But it got cooler at
[23:] night & there were plenty
[24:] of mosquitoes;

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[1:] Very light N.W. air and
[2:] fine weather, no clouds
[3:] but very little on East,

5 Thursd

[4:] At 7 AM I came on board
[5:] The mail Str. Assyria
[6:] has arrived last night in
[7:] quarantine;

[8:] The Captain of the Lapwing
[9:] accompanied by M. Wratislaw
[10:] the English Counsel had visited
[11:] the Waly Hamdi Pasha
[12:] and this morning he returned
[13:] the visit on board the Lapwing,

[14:] Today is the first new
[15:] moon & I think the weather
[16:] as it looks is changing for
[17:] the better;

[18:] At 10 1/2 the S.S. Treasury left,
[19:] at 11 1/2 the Afghanistan also
[20:] and 1/2 hour later was followed
[21:] by the Koordistan;

[22:] At 1,,30 P.M the SS. Baghdad
[23:] & Barge left for Baghdad;

[24:] Rezooki Angoorly & Nessoory
[25:] Andrea came to me~

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[1:] At 5 AM we finished loading
[2:] the Barge from the Blosse
[3:] Lynch & an other Barge;

[4:] At 6 we got the mails,
[5:] we have two mails to
[6:] take up;

Basreh to Baghdad [5 OCT 1899 --- V049_31_N] (//) Barge in tow (//)

Passegs: Okes / Barge GSP Local Draft / Draft of Barge
129 100,921 / 158,460 11,348 3,6 / 2,,6

[9:] At 6,,15 P.M. we cast off
[10:] from the Blosse Lynch &
[11:] proceeded; Very calm and
[12:] warm weather;~. I
[13:] could not sleep in the Cabin
[14:] from the great heat & moisture,
[15:] It got cooler after midnight,
[16:] and weather is fine, there
[17:] are no clouds, a very Curious
[18:] weather in this time;

6 Frid Therm @ 5.70

1899 Octor.

[A49_424_03:249]

[19:] At 3 AM landed 3 passeng
[20:] at Gorna & went on

[21:] Light N.W. & fine weather,
[22:] At 8,,5 passed Azair

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[1:] We have altogether 68
[2:] Passengers, (only one in 2nd C
[3:] Cabin a Greek Orthodox
[4:] Priest called Khariton
[5:] Nicolaides, coming from
[6:] Constple Zanzibar etc)

[7:] From 10 AM been going
[8:] very slow from Ghumeyjeh,
[9:] the Baghdad is ahead of
[10:] us about one mile;

[11:] We kept working in steaming
[12:] & heaving on with ropes on
[13:] Shore all the day until
[14:] 6 P.M. We had only got up
[15:] to the Elbow~ I worked
[16:] very hard with Metty in Copying
[17:] the Cargo in my book from
[18:] 2 P.M. till 6 & still we had
[19:] not finished the work;

[20:] Light N.W. & cool weather;

7 Satur Therm @ 5.68

1899

Octor

[21:] Very light N.W. & fine cool
[22:] morning~

[23:] At 5,,30 AM we begun to
[24:] steam up from the Elbow

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[1:] going very slow & touching,
[2:] very shoal all the way

[3:] At 9 1/2 AM We got over the
[4:] shoals & passed Aboo Roba,

[5:] Detained in Shoal water
[6:] at Nafikh from 11 till 12,
[7:] Very calm water;

[8:] At 1,,50 P.M. landed
[9:] 4 passengers at Kalat
[10:] Saleh & went on at 1,,55,

[11:] A very light S. Westly breeze
[12:] & warm~ New Moon
[13:] two days old;

[14:] At 9,,15 P.M. arrived at
[15:] Amara landed 12 passengers
[16:] and 20 Bales of through cargo,
[17:] Took 10 Tons of Coal;

[18:] We got detained from 7 1/2
[19:] till 8 1/2 in shoal water
[20:] below Amara Gardens;

[21:] We shipped about 32 Packges
[22:] of Drugs & Copper etc. ~

[23:] At 11,,30 P.M. left Amara,
[24:] the Baghdad had left this

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[1:] morning at Sunrise ~

[2:] Light S. Erly breeze~;

8 Sund Therm @ 5. 72

[3:] Light S. Erly breeze &
[4:] fine; some clouds on the East
[5:] & South horyzon;

[6:] At 6,,40 passed Ali Sherghi,
[7:] Gave tickets to 43 1/2 Amara
[8:] passengers;~

[9:] At 11,,35 AM passed the
[10:] S.S. Khalifah & Barge going
[11:] down below Ali Gherbi;

[12:] At 1,,10 P.M. landed 8
[13:] passengers at Ali Gherbi &
[14:] took 3 & went on at 1,,20;

[15:] Weather is very warm &
[16:] calm with some thick clouds

[17:] Detained at the bottom of
[18:] Seyd Abbass in shoal water,
[19:] 6 Boats in the Channel, sent
[20:] to sound, from 4,,45 P.M.
[21:] then steamed to the sounded
[22:] place & touched, backed off,

[23:] At 6,,20 we passed and
[24:] went on~ Very light breeze

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[1:] from N. Wester, & clouds
[2:] faded away;

[3:] At 10,,10 P.M. landed three
[4:] passengers at Sheikh Saad
[5:] & went on;

[6:] At 11,45 dropped anchor
[7:] for the night it became
[8:] cloudy~

9 Mond, Therm @ 5.78, Noon 88, 4 P.M. 85

1899 Octor

[9:] Light S. Erly, & cloudy all
[10:] over, overcast & Gloomy,

[11:] At 5,,30 AM. proceeded,
[12:] Very cloudy all over; Some
[13:] drops of rain falling at 7 1/2;
[14:] dampy & warm;

[15:] At 1 P.M. arrived at
[16:] Coot landed 7 passengers
[17:] & 5 Bales of Goods though
[18:] Cargo; Took 10 Tons of Coal,

[19:] I received a letter here from
[20:] Henry; they left Baghdad
[21:] on Wednesday having arrived
[22:] there on Sunday morning,
[23:] the Khalifah had 136,000
[24:] Okes, & 150 passengers

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[1:] more in the Cabins~

[2:] Wind shifted suddenly to
[3:] N.W. with dust & remained
[4:] very cloudy all over one
[5:] patch; They say that at
[6:] Bughela it rained heavily,

[7:] At 2,,40 P.M. left Coot,
[8:] took 11 1/2 passengers~.

[9:] Very strong N.W. wind is
[10:] blowing & dusty; Wind
[11:] fell at sunset, but remains
[12:] very cloudy all over, a regular
[13:] Wintry weather, this atmosphere
[14:] is cool;~

[15:] Detained at Um el Boonny
[16:] half an hour in Shoal water,
[17:] Weather very cloudy and
[18:] dark,~

[19:] At 11 we grounded at Umel-
[20:] Ajaj; worked with anchors in
[21:] heaving off & we remained
[22:] for the night; Very cloudy
[23:] all over & cool weather,
[24:] rather dampy~

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10 Tuesd, Therm @ 5.72, Noon 80, 4 P.M 85

1899

[1:] Light N.W Breeze & cloudy
[2:] Overcast weather~

[3:] At 6 AM left Umel Ajaj;
[4:] At 6 1/2 detained on a shoal
[5:] at the top of reach until
[6:] 7,,15; It rained last
[7:] night just a few drops;

[8:] At 10,,5 passed the S.S.
[9:] Phrat & Barge going down
[10:] at Hamraya~ Clouds
[11:] breaking up & sunshine;

[12:] At 10,,50 detained above
[13:] Bughela in shoal water,
[14:] the Baghdad is in sight just
[15:] passed Memlah, she was
[16:] aground here;~ At 11,,20
[17:] we passed on~

[18:] At 11,,40 passed Memlah
[19:] Clouds cleared off & became
[20:] very clear & fine weather,
[21:] The Baghdad keeps going ahead
[22:] of us~ At 6,,5 We passed
[23:] her at the bottom of Shedeif
[24:] very fine & clear weather

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11 Wednes, Therm @ 6. 70

Octor

Detention at

[1:] At 0,,5 AM I awoke by
[2:] the noise at Azizieh, of
[3:] some zaptyehs singing out
[4:] to anchor & not to go
[5:] further, & to send the boat
[6:] for a telegram there is from
[7:] Lynch; We anchored &
[8:] sent our Boat, and received
[9:] the following telegram
[10:] dated 28 Septr Greek Style
[11:] (10 Octor).

[12:] ..عزيزيه كاولي مجيديه ++
[13:] ..لسبب شايعة ظهور الكوليره في البصره ++
[14:] ..المواصله مع بغداد ممنوعه اقضو في العزيزيه ++
[15:] ..الى ان تأخدوا اوامر جديده مننا ++
[16:] ..و هذا التعريف طلبوهُ من الاستانه ++
[17:] .. بواسطة القنصل الانكليز ++
[18:] .. لنج ++

[19:] We expected something
[20:] like this may happen as
[21:] when leaving Basreh on

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[1:] ++ ..عظيم اذا اوجب الرجوع اعملوا
[2:] ++ .. تدبير تركان الدوبه في عزيزيه
[3:] ++ كاولي..

[4:] The zaptyeh on watch
[5:] at the bank wont take the telegram
[6:] [page is cut off]

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307 1/2
59 1/2 59 1/2
28 May 2 Total 36 1/2
369

[6:] Passage there & back 4 M….
[7:] (partial) or 75 G. S. Pias….

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1st Jun 1899

1,000 G. Asfar, due 1st Rabi Awal
1,000 R Sayegh, due 6 Rabi Thani
500 Nawab Agha Mahomed due 20 R. Than
300 at home
2,800,

1st October 99

1000 G. Asfar
1000 R. Sayegh
500 Nawab Mahd Agha
500 at home Cash
3,000~

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