‘Administration report on the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for 1893-94’

IOR/V/23/65, No 315

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The record is made up of 1 volume (30 folios). It was created in 1894. 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 of 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 1893-94, published by the Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India (Calcutta), forming part of Selections from the Records of the Government of India, Foreign Department, and based on reports sent to Government by the 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 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. at Muscat.

The report is divided up into a number of sections and subsections, as follows:

Part 1 , is a General Summary (folios 118-123r) written by Colonel Frederick Alexander Wilson, 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 is divided up as follows:

1. Oman-Muscat Coast, gives a summary of political and military developments on the coast with a brief comment on trade matters.

2. Oman Pirate Coast, gives a summary of relations between the various ruling families on the coast.

3. Bahrain, summary of developments in Bahrain during the previous year including news that the Ottoman Governor of El Katif [Al Qatif] had put up notices there asserting Turkish (Ottoman) sovereignty over Bahrain. It also reports a decline in pearl-fishing caused by a cholera outbreak and heavy rainfall that led to a number of fatalities.

4. El Hasa and Ojair, a brief account of tribal movements and gatherings in the area.

5. El Katif [Al Qatif], a summary of events in El Katif; records an outbreak of cholera, the appointment of a new Ottoman governor and other developments.

6. El Katr [Qatar], a summary of events in El Katr during the previous year including details of a confrontation between Shaikh Jasim and forces of the Ottoman Government.

7. Persian Arabistan, a summary of events in the region in the previous year. Reports outbreaks of disease and several other matters.

8. Fars and Persian Coast, a summary of events in the region in the previous year including details regarding a cholera outbreak, an embargo on the export of wheat, the appearance of locusts, serious flooding in Shiraz and several other matters.

9. Persian Baluchistan and Mekran, a summary of developments in the region during the previous year including details of raids and violence on the Perso-Baluch frontier, a large fire at Gwadur and several other matters.

10. Slave Trade, a brief summary of the status of slave traffic in the region that reports no slave dhows were captured during the previous year.

11. Royal Navy Vessels, records movements of British Government ships in the region and reports that Captain J H Pelly of the H. M. S. Sphinx was Senior Naval Officer, 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. throughout the year with the exception of temporary intervals.

12. Political Appointments, reports details of changes in staff during the previous year including the appointment of John Calcott Gaskin as Extra Assistant Resident and Vice-Consul in June and Surgeon-Captain P Lumsden as Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Surgeon also in June.

13. Observatory, points the reader to Appendix A (see below).

Part 1 contains the following Appendix: A) Table showing force and prevailing directions of winds and recorded rainfall at Bushire for the Year 1894-94 (folios 123v-124).

Part 2, is an Administration Report of the Muscat Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. and Consulate for the Year 1893-94 written by Major James Hayes Sadler, 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, Muscat (folios 125-126).

Part 3, is a Report on the Trade and Commerce of the Consular District of Bushire for the Year 1893 written by Fred A. Wilson, Consul General (folios 127-129). Appendix A to part 3 consists of 25 tabular charts related to trade and commerce in Bushire and the surrounding region (folios 129-136).

Part 4, is a report entitled 'Trade Statistics for 1893-4' written by Major James Hayes Sadler, 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, Muscat (folios 137-142). The report contains a number of detailed tables related to trade to/from Muscat.

Part 5, is a Report on the Trade of Mohammerah for the Year 1893 (folio 143). The report contains a description of the state of trade in Mohammerah. Appendix A (folios 144-45) contains several tabular charts regarding imports and exports to/from Mohammerah and the surrounding region.

Extent and format
1 volume (30 folios)
Arrangement

The report is arranged into a number of sections and subsections, with statistic data in tabular format directly following written sections. There is a contents page at the front of the report (folio 117) which list the report's contents.

Physical characteristics

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 116, and ends on the last folio, on number 145.

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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Archive reference
IOR/V/23/65, No 315
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No. 315 Foreign Department Serial No. 67

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1894 (CE, Gregorian)

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