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Diary Transcription: begin page 10
Friday, December 18, 1914 (continued)

…and having all the invoices in hand, it did not take very long for everything to be passed. Only two of the boxes were opened. At the dock I had been met by Mahmud Ahmed Said, Dr. Reisner’s head reis, who had been sent to help me. He handed me a letter from Sir Ronald Graham, Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, in reply to a letter which Dr. Reisner had written to him, saying that he had given instructions to the officials at Port Said to facilitate my landing. On the strength of this letter, I tried to have the Equipment of the Expedition passed through free of duty, but the Customs officials, after consultation, decided that the letter did not cover the goods, so I aid the regular duty of 8% on the invoice value of the outfit.
I left on the one o’clock train for Cairo making special arrangements with the District manager of the Railway to allow all my boxes to go as baggage. I did not see any evidence of the fortifications which were being made along the Canal, but all along the railway were small pickets, mostly of Indian troops.

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Details

  • Classification
    Documentation-Expedition diary pages
  • Department
    University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
  • Credit Line
    University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
  • Display Page Dates
    Modern
  • Display Page Dates
    12/18/1914
  • Mentioned on page
    George Andrew Reisner, American, 1867–1942
    Mahmud Ahmed Said 'el-Meyyet' (Reis)
    Sir Ronald Graham
  • Author
    Clarence Stanley Fisher, American, 1876–1941

Photos 1

People 4

Modern People

  • Clarence Stanley Fisher

    • Type Author
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1876–1941
    • Remarks Archaeologist and architect. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • George Andrew Reisner

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates American, 1867–1942
    • Remarks Egyptologist, archaeologist; Referred to as "the doctor" and "mudir" (Arabic for "director") in the excavation records. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology.
  • Mahmud Ahmed Said 'el-Meyyet' (Reis)

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Head Reis for the Harvard-MFA expedition, 1926–1933. Brother of Said Ahmed Said (Head Reis 1908-1926) and father of Duwy Mahmud Ahmed (Head Reis 1933-1935).
  • Sir Ronald Graham

    • Type Mentioned on page
    • Nationality & Dates
    • Remarks Advisor to the Ministry of Finance