Letters

HAF-UTM-MS1-P1
HAF-UTM-MS1 (Utheemu MS1)

A note dated to 1296H. /1879CE in which Muḥammad ‘Imad al-Dīn Kula Sundhura Kahthiri Bavana Mahaaradhun grants a teak log that had drifted ashore at Utheemu to the servants of the king of Thiladhumathee Atoll who found the log.

HAF-DID-MS1-P1
HAF-DID-MS1 (Dhidhoo MS1)

Two copies of a letter on the collection of shares from the MNTC.

HAF-DID-MS3-P1
HAF-DID-MS3 (Dhidhoo MS3)

Letter from the court in Malé to the people of Goivaruvaa demanding payment of tax revenue and a report on the harvest of root crops, timber, as well as of natural disasters and the count of rats killed on that island.

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HAF-DID-MS4 (Dhidhoo MS4)

Letter from the court in Malé to the people of Dhidhoo Faalahbayaa Ruh Gandu demanding minimum payment of the debt, or to face confiscation.

HAF-DID-MS5-P1
HAF-DID-MS5 (Dhidhoo MS5)

Letter from the court in Malé to the people of Dhidhoo Faalahbayaa Ruh Gandu demanding the balance of payment according to a lease agreement, or threatening confiscation.

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HAF-DID-MS6 (Dhidhoo MS6)

Fragments of a royal letter bearing the sultan's seal. Mention of a coconut grove. Paper very brittle and damaged by corrosive ink. Only small fragments remain.

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HAF-DID-MS14 (Dhidhoo MS14)

Letter confirming payment of a debt by the people of Dhidhoo.

HAF-DID-MS17-P1
HAF-DID-MS17 (Dhidhoo MS17)

Letter acknowledging receipt of a cash payment from Dhidhoo.

MLE-ARC-MS16-P1
MLE-ARC-MS16 (F1-1)

A letter sent on 10 September 1975 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Bryan Hendershott. The letter introduces Bryan Hendershott & Son company as government and public relations counsellors, and offering their services.

MLE-ARC-MS17-P1
MLE-ARC-MS17 (F1-2)

A letter sent on 17 October 1956, to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by M.T Khan in London asking for an autograph. This was sent from London.

MLE-ARC-MS18-P1
MLE-ARC-MS18 (F1-3)

A letter sent on 28 April 1958 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Frank Williment after he had seen a geographic magazine about the Sultan and his palace in Malé. As a Christian convert himself, Williment also included a brief account the second coming of Christ.

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MLE-ARC-MS19 (F1-4)

A letter in French sent on 1 December 1957 by Hereman William KareL.

MLE-ARC-MS20-P1
MLE-ARC-MS20 (F1-5)

A letter sent on 9 July 1958 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by David R. Smith of California asking for an autograph to add to a collection. The sender encloses a sheet of paper and a self addressed envelope.

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MLE-ARC-MS21 (F1-6)

A letter sent on 30 December 1959 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by a boy named Allen Gropper of New York asking for an autograph.

MLE-ARC-MS22-P1
MLE-ARC-MS22 (F1-7)

A letter sent on 5 August 1958 by Karl Heinz Michael to Amir Amin Dīdī requesting Maldivian stamps after many attempts of reaching out to various offices in the Maldives was unsuccessful. He wished to find a correspondent who could exchange stamps as well as literature. President Amin Dīdī had already passed away in 1954 and Sultan Fareed Dīdī was in power at the time the letter arrived in Malé.

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MLE-ARC-MS23 (F1-8)

A letter sent on 30 April 1958 by a to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by a boy named Leonard from New Jersey, requesting and autograph.

MLE-ARC-MS24-P1
MLE-ARC-MS24 (F1-9)

A letter sent on 20 December 1957 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Lawrence Lucina of New York, requesting an autograph.

MLE-ARC-MS25-P1
MLE-ARC-MS25 (F1-10)

A letter sent on 1957 July 21st to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Anton Stoff of Vienna. He was a member of Freie Philatelie, asking for a Maldivian stamp.

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MLE-ARC-MS26 (F1-11)

A letter sent on 1956 April 25th, to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Carolyn Shull of Missouri. This 12-year-old collected dolls of different countries and asked to be sent a doll from Maldives.

MLE-ARC-MS27-P1
MLE-ARC-MS27 (F1-12)

A letter sent on 1957 December 1955 to the Sultan of the Maldives by Victor Capron of Belgium.

MLE-ARC-MS28-P1
MLE-ARC-MS28 (F1-13)

The re-sending on 12 March, 1959 of an earlier letter (MHS-ARC-MS22) sent on 5 August 1958 by Karl Heinz Michael to Amir Amin Dīdī requesting Maldivian stamps after many attempts of reaching out to various offices in the Maldives was unsuccessful. He wished to find a correspondent who could exchange stamps as well as literature. President Amin Dīdī had already passed away in 1954 and Sultan Fareed Dīdī was in power at the time the letter arrived in Malé.

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MLE-ARC-MS29 (F1-14)

A letter sent on 4 March 1960 to the Sultan of Maldives by Rudolf Wasem.

MLE-ARC-MS30-P1
ML-ARC-MS30 (F1-15)

A card sent in December 1955 to the Sultan of the Maldives by Mr and Mrs W.R. Murhamen of Arizona.

MLE-ARC-MS31-P1
MLE-ARC-MS31 (F1-16)

A letter sent on 10 June 1957 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by John A. Walton of California, asking for some Maldivian stamps.

MLE-ARC-MS32-P1
MLE-ARC-MS32 (F1-17)

A letter sent to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by John B. Downing, a police officer from Worcestershire (UK) asking for the Maldivian Police badge to add to his collection. This was sent from Worcestershire, England.

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MLE-ARC-MS33 (F1-18)

A letter sent on 8 July 1957 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by retired Turkish General Buruhaanu Deen Ahmed Erilguun of Istanbul.

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MLE-ARC-MS34 (F1-19)

Envelope of a letter sent on 25 August 1959 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī from Stratford, Connecticut (USA).

MLE-ARC-MS35-P1
MLE-ARC-MS35 (F1-20)

An envelope sent in 1958 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī from Louisville, Kentucky (USA).

MLE-ARC-MS36-P1
MLE-ARC-MS36 (F1-21)

A letter sent on 8 December 1955 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by agricultural reporter Lawrence D. Hills of Braintree, Essex (UK). He expressed particular interest in the merchant sailing ships of the Maldives merchant fleet, and proposed various ideas for promoting knowledge of them.

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MLE-ARC-MS37 (F1-22)

A letter sent on 23 January 1958 to the Sultan of Maldives by Arthur F. Bell asking for an autograph.

MLE-ARC-MS38-P1
MLE-ARC-MS38 (F1-23)

A letter sent on 11 March 1960 , by Leonard Felix of the Helene Food Health Foundation (New Jersey, USA) asking to buy a Maldivian nurse uniform for a exhibition on nurse uniforms from around the world.

MLE-ARC-MS39-P2
MLE-ARC-MS39 (F1-24)

A card sent on 13 January 1957 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Paul L. Chapman asking for an autograph.

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MLE-ARC-MS40 (F1-25)

An envelope sent on 12 June 1957 to the Sultan of Maldives.

MLE-ARC-MS41-P1
MLE-ARC-MS41 (F1-26)

A letter sent on 6 March 1959 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by stamp merchant Ceser Carlos Messucchelli of Bueons Aries asking about Maldivian stamps.

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MLE-ARC-MS42 (F1-27)

A letter sent on 13 October 1959 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Daniel E. Lenza of Argentina, including the score and lyrics of his song “Peace and War”.

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MLE-ARC-MS43 (F1-28)

Envelope of a letter sent on 25 May 1957 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī from Wellingborough (UK).

MLE-ARC-MS44-P1
MLE-ARC-MS44 (F1-29)

An envelope sent on December 27th, to the Sultan of Maldives.

MLE-ARC-MS45-P1
MLE-ARC-MS45 (F1-30)

A letter sent on 21 March 1960 to the Sultan of Maldives by Jon Gyer.

MLE-ARC-MS46-P1
MLE-ARC-MS46 (F1-31)

A letter sent on 9 June 1956 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Mr. M. R. Murhamer of Phoenix, Arizona (USA) asking for an autograph.

MLE-ARC-MS47-P1
MLE-ARC-MS47 (F1-32)

A letter sent on 19 January 1957 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Wayne State University Professor by William W. Wattenberg, asking about Maldivian juvenile crimes and how they are dealt with by the state.

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MLE-ARC-MS48 (F1-33)

A letter sent on 6 March 1958 to the Sultan of Maldives by Leora Spears after she read an article about Maldives from the National Geographic magazine. She compliments Maldives and Maldivians being kite enthusiasts. She asks for a kite from the Maldives to showcase in a cub scout fair stall.

MLE-ARC-MS49-P1
MLE-ARC-MS49 (F1-34)

A letter sent to the Sultan of Maldives by 9 year old Pricilla Ann Zolal asking to find a Maldivian pen-friend.

MLE-ARC-MS50-P1
MLE-ARC-MS50 (F1-35)

A letter sent on 6 March 1958 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Ethel Averbach a doll collector from California asking for two dolls from the Maldives to add to her collection.

MLE-ARC-MS51-P1
MLE-ARC-MS51 (F1-36)

A letter sent on 5 December 1958 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Who is Who in Music International Co-editor Christopher Paviskis.

MLE-ARC-MS52-P1
MLE-ARC-MS52 (F1-37)

An envelope sent on 1959 January 31st, to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by John Meyard with 2 stamps on it. This was sent from Baltimore, USA.

MLE-ARC-MS53-P1
MLE-ARC-MS53 (F1-38)

A letter sent on 1959 February, to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by John Meyers asking for an autograph. This was sent from Baltimore, USA.

MLE-ARC-MS54-P1
MLE-ARC-MS54 (F1-40)

A letter sent to Sultan Mohamad Fareed Dīdī by Jean-Louis Brindamour of New York, who was compiling a book of the favorite meals of heads of state around the world, asking for two representative recipes.

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MLE-ARC-MS55 (F1-41)

A letter sent on 13 November 1958 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by the Director of the Kennel Klub as an invitation to become a member and to share the Sultan’s “in the dawg house” moment. A membership form was also attached with this letter.

MLE-ARC-MS56-P1
MLE-ARC-MS56 (F1-42)

A follow-up letter to (MHS-ARC-MS36) sent on 5 December 1958 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by Who is Who in Music International Co-editor Christopher Paviskis.

MLE-ARC-MS57-P1
MLE-ARC-MS57 (F1-43)

A letter sent on 2 December 1967 to the Sultan of Maldives by Amsterdam University student Leothis A asking assistance in finding a pen-friend from the Maldives.

MLE-ARC-MS58-P1
MLE-ARC-MS58 (F1-44)

A letter sent (date not stated) to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Dīdī by a 14 year old student Jacob Sømme asking for a stamp from the Maldives to add to his collection. This was sent from Stavanger, Norway.

MLE-ARC-MS59-P1
MLE-ARC-MS59 (F1-45)

A letter sent on 19 December, 1955 to Sultan Muḥammad Fareed Didd by M. Touffiq Khan asking for an auotpgraphed photo.

MLE-ARC-MS65-P1
MLE-ARC-MS65 (F0-6)

A letter Naibu Muḥammad for Al-Ghāzī Ibrahīm Sirāj Uthama Fandiyāru to settle a dispute over the ownership of Themnbulhikoshi Goathi, a plot of land located on the right side of the road leading to Henveyru Lonuziyārai.

MLE-ARC-MS69-P1
MLE-ARC-MS69 (F0-14)

A letter from Al-Ghāzī Ibrahīm Majaa Uthama Fandiyaar to settle a claim for land withheld from ‘Alī Kaleyfaanu, the son of Dhunburugudhuge Faathumaa Fulhu.

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HDH-KDF-MS12 (Kulhudhufushi MS12)

A letter by Āmīn Dīdī to the person in charge of looking after state owned un-inhabitated islands to the people who have leased land on them. The letter instructs them to harvest toddy, fruits, vegetables, and timber, to keep the island clean and healthy, and to kill rodents.

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HDH-KDF-MS13 (Kulhudhufushi MS13)

A letter written during the 32nd year of Sulṭān Muḥammad Shams al-Dīn's reign regarding proof of payment of 9995 rufiyaa by the citizens of Kulhudhufushi for the leasing of state-owned lands.

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HDH-KDF-MS14 (Kulhudhufushi MS14)

A letter written during the 31st year of Sulṭān Muḥammad Shams al-Dīn's reign granting a lease on Kathaarabukuna Katteyfushi for four years to a citizen of Kulhudhuhfushi, Fagudi Hasan Maalimee. Harvesting of kuredhi timber on that property can only be done with the permission of the other citizens of the island.

HDH-KDF-MS17-P1
HDH-KDF-MS17 (Kulhudhufushi MS17)

A letter written during the 31st year of Sulṭān Muḥammad Shams al-Dīn's reign recording proof of full payment for goods brought by Kudabadu boat: 408 Mulhifah,10 Ashtheshi kiba, 40 vadhah Adubai, 10??10 Hulhagubodu. This was all paid for with cash from the people of Kulhudhufushi.

HDH-KDF-MS18-P1
HDH-KDF-MS18 (Kulhudhufushi MS18)

A letter to the Sulṭān by the people of Kulhudhufushi in which they acknowledge that court proceedings should go according as the Sultan sees fit, and ask that if court is unable to continue with the proceedings that the citizens be informed as soon as possible.

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HDH-KDF-MS19 (Kulhudhufushi MS19)

Two lists on one page. The first page contains a list of lands avaible for leasing and the second page contains the list of elligble candidates who applied for the lease lands.

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HDH-KDF-MS20 (Kulhudhufushi MS20)

A letter from Thiladhunmathi Atholhuveri Kudaseedhee to the Kulhudhufushi Bodu Khateeb, in which he asks for a boatload of Kandoo from Nolhivarannfalhu.

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HDH-VKD-MS2 (Vaikaradhoo MS2)

A letter by Amīn Dìdì, the officer supervising state-owned uninhabited islands, and approving requests for leases. This letter lays out the obligations for citizens to harvest toddy, grain, and timber, to keep the island clean and healthy, and to kill rodents.