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to give you the following confidential facts before.
Hamdy Bey has informed Dr. Peters, and the latter the Com--
mittee officially, that he (in other words His Majesty, as Hamdy
told me on the morning when the Prince of Bavaria visited
me in the Museum, that "the Irade for the presentation of antiquities
to us had been granted by the Grand Vizier) had given me all
the antiquities for our Committee, as were not desirable to the
Imperial Museum. This statment, I think, must be the
basis for our action. As you know, I entrusted Mr. Curmusi
the agent of your Legation, with authority for shipping our antiqui--
ties, as soon as the Irade necessary for their passing (unopened)
the Custom House, had been granted. Confidentially he informed
me several times since, that Halil Bey (Hamdy's brother) always
told him, the tablets etc. could not yet be shipped, as this Custom
House Irade had not yet been issued. He (Curmusi) is in
despair and does not know, how long this delay will last.
On the other side Halil Bey said to me, when I left in November,
that I could rest absolutely assured the Irade would be
soon issued and the antiquities be with us in January.
I have now written to Halil Bey something to the following
effect -- as Curmusi's letter and information must not be
mentioned: "Doubtless the antiquities presented to us
by Imperial Irade and (according to personal information

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