'Report on Sur. By Major G. P. Murphy, I.A., Indian Political Department, Political Agent, Muscat'

IOR/L/PS/18/B416

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The record is made up of 1 file (10 folios). It was created in Jan 1929. 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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Report on Sur by Major Gerald Patrick Murphy, 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. of Muscat, dated 9 October 1928.

It is divided into the following sections:

  • I. – 'Geographical Description of Sur' – including an introduction to the tribes who inhabit it;
  • II. – 'Historical Summary of the Bani Bu Ali' – including their origin, religion, engagements, expeditions, and feuds;
  • III. – 'Historical Summary of the Jenebeh' – including their origin, feuds, criminal activities, and fines;
  • IV. – 'The Slave Trade at Sur' – including British efforts in the suppression of the slave trade, treaties, a description of a captured slave vessel, and use the of the French flag as protection for slaving operations;
  • V. – 'Summary of recent Events in Sur' – including the building of new forts, establishment of a new customs post, the question of the Sultan's authority, criminal activities, and customs dues;
  • VI. – 'Review of the Situation at Sur' – including the policy pursued so far, request for assistance by the Sultan, the value of Sur in terms of prestige, and the form of assistance to be taken;
  • appendix 1. – 'Early History of Sur';
  • appendix 2. – 'Wrecks and Piracy'.
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1 file (10 folios)
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The file consists of a single report and contains a table of contents at the front.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at f 84, and terminates at f 93, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, and are located 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. Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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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/L/PS/18/B416
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P 6815/28

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Jan 1929 (CE, Gregorian)

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