Passport in 19th century was simply a sheet of paper with details of the person's birth, profession and purpose and destination of travel. Passports were issued by Foreign Department of Government of India seated in Fort William, Calcutta.
Passport belonging to Ezra Abraham Luddy, a merchant from Calcutta, issued for his business travel to Middle East, 1880.
The text of Ezra Abraham Luddy's passport.
Passport belonging to Solomon Joseph Hyem, a merchant from Calcutta. It was issued in 1866 for his business trip to Middle East.