‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for the year 1882-83.’

IOR/V/23/42, No 191A

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The record is made up of 1 volume (79 folios). It was created in 1883. 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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Administration report for 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. Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Muscat Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for the year 1882-83, by Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Charles Ross, Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. 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. . The report was published by Authority, by the Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing in India, Calcutta [Kolkata] in 1883. A copy of a letter from Ross to the Secretary to the Government of India (Foreign Department), dated 17 July 1883, is included in the report (folio 409), the original of which submitted the report to Government, under the following headings:

Part 1 (General Report), written by Ross (folios 410-17), containing summaries of local political affairs, and incidents or events of particular note for: Oman; the Pirate Coast; Bahrain; Nejd, El-Hasa [Al-Hasa] and El-Katr [Qatar]; Fárs; Persian Arabistan; Persian Beloochistan [Baluchistan]; and Bassidore. The general report also contains summaries on British naval movements in the Gulf for the year; changes in official personnel; and the Bushire observatory. Appendix A contains tabulated and graphical meteorological data for the year, supplied by the Bushire observatory. Appendix B is a genealogical table for the Shaikhs of Bahrain, from 1783 to the present day. Appendix C is a complete list of the Persian telegraph lines and stations, recorded in June 1883, with the length of each line given in kilometres.

Part 2 (Administration Report of the Muscat Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for the year 1882-83), submitted by Major Edward Mockler, Her Britannic Majesty’s 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. and Consul at Muscat, dated 10 May 1882 (folios 417-23), containing a summary of affairs at Muscat, as well as changes to British official personnel, and a brief report on the slave trade. An appendix contains an outline of the history of Oman from 1728 to 1883, written by Ross and dated January 1883.

Part 3 (Report on Trade for 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. for 1882), submitted by Ross (folios 423-78), comprising a short summary of the year’s trade, and followed by an appendix containing tabulated data on trade, including data on imports and exports into and out of the Gulf ports of Bushire, Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh], Bahrain and the Arab (Oman) coast. The appendix also includes data on opium shipments for the year from Bushire and Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās], and British and foreign shipping at Bushire. An index to the trade tables can be found at folios 424-25.

Part 4 (Trade at Muscat), submitted by Mockler, dated 6 June 1883 (folios 320-28), comprising a short summary of the year’s trade at Muscat, and an appendix containing tabulated data on imports and exports at Muscat (listed by commodity), value and description of goods, and the nationality and average tonnage of vessels visiting Muscat.

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1 volume (79 folios)
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The report is arranged into a number of parts and sections, with tabulated statistical data following each part in a separate appendix.

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Foliation: There is a foliation sequence, which 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 folio 408 and ends on folio 487.

Pagination: The volume contains an original typed pagination sequence.

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English in Latin script
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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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IOR/V/23/42, No 191A
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1883 (CE, Gregorian)

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