I thought that you may like to see this, the original of which has come to light from amongst papers discovered during the course of my research into my family history.
I am certain that the item dates from 1846, and invites one of two of my great great-aunts, or possibly my great grandmother, (all Miss Burroughs at the time), to the family celebration of the event referred to in the biography of Khwaja Alimullah on your website:
“In 1846, Khwaja Alimullah made a waqfnama turning all his property, landed and otherwise, into an indivisible family concern. He appointed his second son Khwaja Abdul Ghani Mia Mutawalli (Administrator) of the waqf.”
The Miss Burroughs referred to would be one of Caroline Letitia Mary Burroughs or Clara Traill Burroughs (my great great-aunts), or Emma Louisa Burroughs (my great grandmother). It is, possibly, most likely that the invitation was Caroline’s – she was aged 10 in 1846, whereas Clara and Emma were just 8 and 7 respectively.
Their father (my great great grandfather) was Frederick William Burroughs (a Captain at the time, later Major General) of the 17th Native Infantry, and their elder brother was Frederick William Traill Burroughs (eventually a Lieutenant General). Captain Burroughs is known to have been stationed in Dacca (Dhaka) around this time.
The children with the forenames of Traill are so named after the second husband of Captain Burroughs’ grandmother (Mary Colebrooke, the sister of Sir Henry Thomas Colebrooke) – he was George William Traill, who, in 1817, became the second British Commissioner of Kumaon at the age of 24, and remained in that post for the next 19 years.
I hope that you will find this to be of interest. I would be pleased to let you have a higher resolution copy (275KB) of the original of the invitation should you so wish.