Vol 63: Draft Native Letters Outward

IOR/R/15/1/50

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The record is made up of 1 volume, (89 folios). It was created in 29 Jan 1829-3 Jan 1832. It was written in English. 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.

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The volume consists of draft letters outwards from the British Resident in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ; up to 1831 the office holder is David Wilson, but following his departure Samuel Hennell fills the position — in an acting capacity — until the end of the volume.

The correspondence can be divided into two broad categories. The first being letters addressed to the Resident's Native Agents throughout the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. at Bahrain, Carrack [Bandar-e Chārak], Muscat, Sharjah, and Shiraz. A great deal of this material is of a routine nature; for example, praise for good conduct, reprimands for poor conduct, instructions to forward correspondence, and authorisation for leave. Solicitations for information on a range of topics such as local political affairs, the slave trade in the Gulf, and suspected piratical activity are also common.

The second category is made up of letters addressed to various rulers throughout the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The principal recipients being Shaikh Sulṭān bin Saqr, Hakim of Ra's al-Khaymah; Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Aḥmad Āl Khalīfah, Hakim of Bahrain; Shaikh Tanoon [Ṭaḥnūn bin Shakhbūṭ Āl Nahyān], Hakim of Aboothabee [Abu Dhabi]; Sa‘īd bin Sultān Āl Sa‘īd, the Imam of Muscat; and Shaikh ‘Abd al-Rasūl Khān, Governor of Bushire. Much of this correspondence is related to to the Resident's efforts to maintain peace in the Gulf, and ensure the suppression of piracy. It also covers attempts by the Resident to investigate suspected acts of piracy, to facilitate recompense for property plundered at sea, and calls to punish offenders. To a lessor extent, it includes applications for redress for injuries inflicted against British agents, and matters affecting British trade.

It should be noted that ff 67-89 are blank folios.

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1 volume, (89 folios)
Arrangement

The correspondence is arranged chronologically from 29 January 1829 to 3 January 1832.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

The volume contains the following foliation amendments: f 66, and f 66A.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original pagination sequence (1-128) between ff 3-66A; these numbers are written in ink, and are located in the top outermost corner of each page.

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English in Latin script
Type
Letter book

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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
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Unrestricted

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IOR/R/15/1/50

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29 Jan 1829-3 Jan 1832 (CE, Gregorian)

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