‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for 1886-87.’

IOR/V/23/50, No 229

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The record is made up of 1 volume (27 folios). It was created in 1887. 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 on 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. 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 1886-87, published by Authority and printed by the Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta [Kolkata]. A copy of a letter from 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. and Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General for Fars, to Henry Mortimer Durand, Secretary to the Government of India (Foreign Department), dated 2 June 1887, is included in the report (folio 336), the original of which submitted the report to Government, under the following headings:

Part 1 ( General Summary , folios 337-43) containing numbered summaries of local political affairs, and incidents or events of particular note for: 1) Muscat state; 2) the pirate coast of Oman; 3) Bahrain; 4) Nejd, El-Hasa [Al-Hasa] and El-Katr [Qatar]; 5) Fars, including Shiraz, Bushire and its districts, Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh] and Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās]; 6) Arabistan; and 7) Persian Baluchistan. The report also includes summaries for: 8) British actions against the slave trade; 9) Official appointments of British personnel and naval movements; 10) climatic observations, recorded by the observatory at Bushire; and a short note on the celebration of Queen Victoria’s jubilee in the region. Appendix A contains tabulated and graphical meteorological data for the year, supplied by the Bushire observatory.

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 1886-87 ), submitted by Lieutenant-Colonel 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 21 May 1887 (folios 344-45), containing a summary of affairs at Muscat.

Part 3 ( Report on the trade of South Persia for the year 1886 , folios 345-55), comprising a short summary of the year’s trade, with notes on: exports (cereals, tobacco); imports (Manchester [cotton] goods, metals and sugar); and shipping, including notes of freight, exchange and customs. Appendix A comprises tabulated data on import, exports and revenue, in the Gulf ports of Bushire, Bandar-e Lengeh, Bandar-e ʻAbbās, Bahrain and the Arab (Oman) coast. An index to the trade tables can be found at folio 346v.

Part 4 ( Muscat trade report for the year 1886-87 ), submitted by Mockler, dated 21 May 1887 (folios 356-62), comprising a brief summary of the year’s trade at Muscat, and also containing tabulated data on imports and exports at Muscat (listed by commodity), and the nationality and average tonnage of vessels visiting Muscat.

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1 volume (27 folios)
Arrangement

The report is arranged into four numbered parts, with lettered appendices containing further reports and statistical data coming after each part.

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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 the first folio, on number 335, and ends on the last folio, on number 362.

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/23/50, No 229
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No 229 Foreign Department serial no 10

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1887 (CE, Gregorian)

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