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    Hi! What is the exact meaning of the following passage? The sentence after "substituting" is problematic. It is from a political telegram, dating back to 1953, sometimes with a special shortened style. ( I will edit the text, if disordered, after submitting it). I am not sure about the exact meaning of it.

    "Henderson could return to Mosadeq with texts contained in above reference telegram, substituting the alternative section on method of payments presented latter part that message in his initial presentation."

    Thanks very much.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Jun-2017 at 13:41. Reason: Separated the text from the rest of the post.

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    Re: substituting

    There seem to be some words missing. Presumably, the recipient understood it. However, I would need some context to even have a chance of understanding it.

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    Re: substituting

    There are some words missing because it's from a telegram.

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    Re: substituting

    Okay, we know there is an earlier "reference telegram." Working backward from that fact, I would hazard the following guess:

    Henderson may return to Mosadeq accompanied by the texts referred to in the reference telegram, provided that when he first presents those texts (to whom we do not know, but presumably potential buyers) he substitutes the method of payment described in the latter part of the reference telegram for some other method of payment that we know nothing about.

    The context seems to be that Henderson is in a remote part of Iran, and has been given by his masters the task of sellng some texts to someone.

    As a pure speculation, Henderson might be a member of a scholarly expedition organzed by someone like Sir Aurel Stein. The texts may be things discovered that were deemed to be of little or no academic historical value, but perhaps of value to local people. I know I am way way out
    in left field here, but that is one context that makes sense of the telegram.
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    Re: substituting

    Hi! Thanks very much. Henderson was the ambassador o the U in Iran in1353. thanks very much.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 22-Jun-2017 at 14:58. Reason: Deleting unnecessary quote.

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    Re: substituting

    What does "o the U" mean in post #5?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: substituting

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What does "o the U" mean in post #5?
    I'm guessing it's supposed to be the ambassador of the U.K. to Iran. But of course, it wasn't called the U.K. back then. Great Britain had a different name then.

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    Re: substituting

    The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has had the same name since it formally acknowledged the separation of the Republic of Ireland in 1927. The common form "the United Kingdom" has been in use since 1800.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 23-Jun-2017 at 16:59. Reason: Add information.
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    Re: substituting

    Post #2 refers to the year 1353.

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    Re: substituting

    Quote Originally Posted by pars View Post
    Hi! Thanks very much. Henderson was the ambassador o the U in Iran in1353. thanks very much.
    Obviouly Henderson was not the ambassador "o" in 1353.

    In my opinion tarheel is right. Bet you a ziilion parsecs or whatever the pars called their currency in 1353.

    Like to add an emoji, buy they aren't working.
    Last edited by probus; 25-Jun-2017 at 03:33.

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