File 868/1912 Pt 3 'Arms traffic: arrangements at Muscat for its regulation'

IOR/L/PS/10/237

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The record is made up of 1 volume (160 folios). It was created in 1912. 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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Content

The volume contains telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, notes, printed reports and two press-cuttings relating to the arms traffic in Muscat and arrangements for its regulation.

Issues discussed include:

  • French proposals regarding the suspension of the Sultan of Muscat's regulations. The approval of rules concerning the warehouse for ammunition;
  • French schemes to evade the Sultan of Muscat's regulations by trans-shipment;
  • instructions for H M Ambassador in Paris on the question of compensation for stock laid up in bonded warehouses;
  • Anglo-French diplomacy and negotiations for an exchange of interests and payment of compensation for armaments confiscated;
  • assurances to the French Government that no confiscation will take place pending arbitration if it is entered into;
  • enquiry from the Foreign Office on continuing export of armaments;
  • weekly naval reports from the Gulf, Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. and Katr [Qatar].

The file includes two press cuttings on folio 164: from the Daily Mail ('Britain and France. French Cruiser for Muscat. The Traffic in Arms.' 28 November 1912) and from The Daily Telegraph ('France and Muscat: An Unfounded Report', 13 September 1912).

The principal correspondents in the volume include: 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. , Percy Zachariah Cox; the 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. ; 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 Viceroy; the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Sir Edward Grey; the Under Secretary of State, Foreign Office; the French Consul at Muscat; the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent at Sharjah, Khan Bahadur Sheikh Abdul Latif; HM Consul at Basrah; the First Assistant Resident, Captain R L Birdwood; the Chief of Shargah [Sharjah], Shaikh Sagar bin Khaled.

The volume is part 3 of 7. The part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, year the subject file was opened, subject heading, and list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence (f 2).

Extent and format
1 volume (160 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 868 (Arms Traffic - Muscat) consists of 6 volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/235-240. The volumes are divided into 7 parts with parts 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 comprising one volume each and parts 4 and 5 comprising a volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 159; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located at 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 foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the one leading flyleaf.

An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 99-159; these numbers are also written in pencil and are circled, but are crossed through.

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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/L/PS/10/237
Former external reference(s)
P 868/1912 Pt 3

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1912 (CE, Gregorian)

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