Diary and Consultations of Mr Eaton Dodsworth, Agent of the East India Company at Gombroon [Bandar-e ʻAbbās] in the Persian Gulf, commencing 1 November 1708 and ending 31 July 1710
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The record is made up of 1 volume (22 folios). It was created in 1 Nov 1708-31 Jul 1710. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .
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The volume is in the form of a diary, which contains records of consultations at the Gombroon [Bandar-e ʻAbbās] Factory An East India Company trading post. . The Chief Agent, Eaton Dodsworth, and the Factory An East India Company trading post. 's Council members Robert Weldon, followed by William Elton, headed the consultations. They recorded the daily activities, the administrative decisions made, letters sent and received, as well as visits to and from the Factory An East India Company trading post. .
Among the main details and issues recorded in the diary are the following:
- Records of the activities of 'Moor' [i.e. Arab] and Dutch vessels
- News of the death of Robert Weldon on 22 December 1708
- Records of traded commodities such as wool, almonds, wood, rice, cotton, lamp oyle [oil], glass pearl [probably glass beads], and horses
- Relations with local Persian shawbunder [shahbander], governors, and merchants
- Records of letters exchanged with the Agent and Council of the English Factory An East India Company trading post. at Spahaun [Eṣfahān, also written as Spahaune] providing information on the state of affairs, invoices, trade, relations with local Persian and Armenian merchants, and robbery cases
- Records of letters and invoices received from Carmania [Kerman] and Shyrath [Shiraz, also written as Shyrass].
The diary includes records of the arrival and departure of ships, including the India , the Winsor , the Takavelly , Luhesme [ Lakshmi ] ketch, the Elizabeth , the George , the Gavestock , the Princes Sophia , the Gilbert , and the Mamoade [ Mahmudi ?].
The ships sailed mainly to and from Gombroon, Bombay [Mumbai], Bussora [Basra], Bangall [Bengal], Madrass [Madras, i.e. Chennai], Surat [also written as Suratt], Batavia [Jakarta], Cochin [Kochi], Ceylone [Sri Lanka], Tulachareene [Thalassery], and Mocha.
In addition, the diary includes monthly records of the accounts of the East India Company's facilities in Persia covering the following: house expenses, house provisions, petty expenses, stable charges, table expenses, merchandised charges, extraordinary charges, servants' wages, and ships' charges.
The diary was received on board the Tankerville on 17 September 1712.
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The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the diary.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 22; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, 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. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the leading and ending flyleaves.
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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 Documents collected in a private capacity.
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- 1 Nov 1708-31 Jul 1710 (CE, Gregorian)
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Diary and Consultations of Mr Eaton Dodsworth, Agent of the East India Company at Gombroon [Bandar-e ʻAbbās] in the Persian Gulf, commencing 1 November 1708 and ending 31 July 1710, British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/G/29/2, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/node/9578> [accessed 28 November 2023]
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