Diary and Consultations of Mr Alexander Douglas, Agent of the East India Company at Gombroon [Bandar-e ʻAbbās] in the Persian Gulf, commencing 1 August 1757 and ending 31 July 1758
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The record is made up of 1 volume (70 folios). It was created in 1 Aug 1757-31 Jul 1758. 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, Alexander Douglas, and occasionally, the Factory An East India Company trading post. 's Council members Thomas Mostyn and Gascoyne Holmes headed the consultations. They recorded the daily activities, the administrative decisions made, letters received and sent, as well as visits to and from the Factory An East India Company trading post. . Records of some significant political and military operations in the region are also preserved.
Among the main details and issues recorded in the diary are the following:
- The enmity between Carem Caun [Karīm Khān Zand, Vakil Elected representative or attorney, acting in legal matters such as contracting marriage, inheritance, or business; a high-ranking legal official; could also refer to a custodian or administrator. of Persia, also written as Carim] and Nasseir Caun [Nāṣir Khān Āl Mazkūr, Shaikh of Būshehr, reigned 1162-1203/c 1749-1788]
- The arrival of wool from Cermina, [Kerman, also written as Carmenia]
- Records of letters received from the Linguist (i.e. interpreter) at Carmenia advising on the amount of wool sent and the bills
- News of Carem Caun sending troops to take Spahaun [Isfahan], and Yazd
- News of Hossan Caun [Moḥammad Ḥasan Khān Qājār, Beglerbeg of Astarabad] defeating Azad Caun [Āzād Khān Ghilza'ī, Beglerbeg of Azerbaijan] who fled to Turkey
- News of Shaik Ramah [Raḥmah bin Maṭar al-Qāsimī One of the ruling families of the United Arab Emirates; also used to refer to a confederation of seafaring Arabs led by the Qāsimī tribe from Ras al Khaima. , Shaikh of Julfār, also written as Rama and Rammah] of Julfar [in what is now Ra's al Khaymah] visiting the Factory An East India Company trading post. to discuss supplying Nasseir Caun with brass guns
- Shaik Ramah being at war with the Imaum [Imam] of Muscat
- News of Hossan Caun appointing Nasseir Caun to the post of the Beglerbeggy [Beglerbegi/Beylerbeyi is Turkish and Azeri for Governor-General] of Fars
- News of Sharrook Caun [Shāhrokh Mīrzā Afshār, c 1734-1796, Governor of Kerman] getting married
- Records of the activities of French and Dutch vessels
- News of Sharrook Caun sending troops against Mahomet Reza Caun [Muhammad Riza Khan Marandi], Governor of Mimzad
- News of the death of the Ottoman Sultan, Osman III, and the succession of Mustafa III to the throne
- Records of shipped commodities such as sugar, sugar candy, pepper, iron and spices
- Records of letters received from certain Persian notables and military officers.
The diary includes records of letters exchanged between the Factory An East India Company trading post. Agent and the President and Governor-in-Council at Fort William, Roger Drake. It also includes records of letters exchanged between the Factory An East India Company trading post. Agent and the President and Governor of the Council of Bombay, Richard Bourchier. These mainly cover the situation in Persia, ways to increase the company's revenues, the amount of wool shipped, regulation of importing goods from various parts of India, duties on certain commodities, and permits given to private ships.
The diary includes records of letters received from the Resident at Bussorah [Basra, also written as Bossarah], William Shaw, to the Factory An East India Company trading post. at Gombroon in which he includes details of events taking place, ships sailing and arriving, and news received from the British Consulate at Aleppo.
The diary includes records of the arrival and departure of ships, including the Hopewell Snow , the Phoenix Schooner , the Frankey , the Dragon , the Prince Edward , the York , the Futtee Dowlet [ Fath’-i Dawlat ] Grab Shallow vessel with a projecting bow. , the Success , the Revenge , and the Drake . From Gombroon the ships sailed mainly to Bombay, Bussorah, Bengal, Mocha, Muscat and Ormus [Jazīreh-ye Hormoz, also written as Ormuz, Ormuse].
The diary includes abstracts of the standard account disbursements for each month. These cover the following: table expenses, garrison charges, the Afseen Garden, merchandised charges, extraordinary charges, stable charges, servants' wages, ships' charges, and Factory An East India Company trading post. repairs.
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- 1 volume (70 folios)
The volume includes one diary that includes a table of contents (ff 3v-5r) recording the main events and their sequence in the diary. The diary itself is numbered 1-120, which corresponds to folios 6r-65v. 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 inside back cover with 71; 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 cover.
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- English in Latin script
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- 1 Aug 1757-31 Jul 1758 (CE, Gregorian)
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Diary and Consultations of Mr Alexander Douglas, Agent of the East India Company at Gombroon [Bandar-e ʻAbbās] in the Persian Gulf, commencing 1 August 1757 and ending 31 July 1758, British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/G/29/11, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100000001251.0x000368> [accessed 10 December 2023]
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