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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2449] (966/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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located in the harbour for a few days on the barque " Belle Isle " from
Sunderland.
In 1873^ to obviate the administrative difficulties which had arisen^
accommodation was found for the post office on the ground floor of the
British Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. ^ and the postal staff was amalgamated with that of the
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. 's office.
In 1880^, in consequence of an increase in the regular work of the
Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. establishment^ as also in the postal work^ the latter increase
being due partly to the introduction of the money order system^ a separate
official existence was once more given to the post office at Masqat; but
it continued to be located in the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. ^ and the Postmaster remained
subject to the authority of the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. except in departmental
matters^—an arrangement which still continues. In 1886 the Masqat
office was deprived of the status of a head office^ which it had hitherto
enjoyed^ and was reduced to that of a sub-office.
At Masqat parcels arriving by post have from the beginning, in
order to prevent smuggling, been delivered to the addressees at fixed times
in the presence of a member of the Sultanas Customs Department.
Newspapers which are considered objectional by the Sultan of Masqat
have been, since March 1902, intercepted by the post office and consigned
to the Dead Letter Office at Bombay.
A post office was opened in Bahrain on the 1st August 1884 under
Mr. (VShea, the first Superintendent of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. division ; it
was located, until the appointment of a European political officer in
Bahrain, in the house of the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent at Manamah, the
commercial capital of the islands. Before this, from 1875 to 1881, the
native agent Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. of the British India Steam Navigation Company in Bahrain
had received a small allowance from the Postal Department in considera
tion of his discharging some of the functions of a post office; but his
duties, though simple, were not satisfactorily performed. The abolition
of postal insurance in Bahrain and the resultant increase in the money
order business have already been mentioned. Commission on money
orders in Bahrain was raised to two per cent, about 1890, on a complaint
from the British India Steam Navigation Company that very large snms
in specie were being carried in the mail bags between Bahrain and Bushehr,
causing a loss to themselves in freight and a great increase in their
responsibilities.
The Shaikh of Kuwait in 1901 solicited the establishment of an
Indian post office at his port; and when, in August 1904, a British
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. was posted to Kuwait, he was accompanied by an
Assistant Surgeon, who was to attend, inter alia, to postal busi
ness. No regular post office has as yet been inaugurated, on account of
political difficulties ; but private and official letters are both despatched and
received for distribution. In 1904 an Agreement^ of which the text
will be found in Annexure No. 4 to this Appendix, was obtained from the
Shaikh of Kuwait, that he would not allow the establishment of a post
office at Kuwait by any foreign power except the British.
There is not, and has never been, an Indian post office at Fao ; but
bags made up by the Bombay-Karachi sea office and by the offices, at
Bahrain,
1884-1907.
Kuwait
■07.
1904
Fiio,
1907.
1867-

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

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1 volume (1165 pages)
Arrangement

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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