'Selections from the Records of the Bombay Government'  (100/733)
The record is made up of 1 volume (364 folios). It was created in 1856. 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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who had usurped the Government from his elder brother, led him inin
senous disputes with the Arabs, which brought on a war with many of
whiVh h ■ ^ inSUlted in 0,16 OT two i-'anees, f 0r
w hich, however, satisfaction was rendered. The troubles that prevailed
from this period to the death of Syud Sultan, in 1804, are wholly
attributable to the conduct of that chieftain in the prosecution of his
ambjtious views of aggrandisement.
'J'lie disputes that followed the death of Synd Sultan, for the succcs-
7% w7 K he ® 0ver " ment of Muskat completely under the control
of the Wahabce: from that period, the influence which the former chief
had established declined, and that of the latter rapidly advanced, to the
establishment of its ascendancy over the Gulf,_an event which led to
the systematic prosecution of piracy, under the countenance and
protection of that power, even to the Indian Seas.
The history of the rise of the Muskat, the Joasmce, and the
Uttoobee Arabs, respectively, satisfactorily shows that they resisted
the growing power of the Wahabees to the utmost of their effort, and
that not one of the petty States in the Gulf has voluntarily en-a^ed in
piracy. ^ &
From the period of their establishment in Oman until the year 1796,
I have been unable to trace a single act of aggression, even on the part
of the Joasmees, against the British flag. The attack of the Bassein
Snow, and of the Viper cruiser, in 1797, was supposed to have been by
Arabs in the interest of the deposed Prince of Oman, the elder brother
of Syud Sultan. In 1H02 the Wahabees had reduced to nominal
submission the principality of Seer, or the Joasmee territory ; nor was it
until after 1804 that the Joasmees, or, what would be a more just
designation, the W ahabee Joasmees, commenced their piratical
depiedations. On the conclusion of the treaty with them in 1806
Captain Seton represented "the whole bulk of the Joasmees desirous of
returning to their former mercantile pursuits."
VJhatever may have been their disposition in that respect, they had
not the power of gratifying it. In 1808, when their depredations first
extended to the Indian Seas, Shaikh Sultan, the Joasmee Chief, possessed
only the port of Ras-ool-Khyma, and his power being shortly after
completely superseded, by the appointment of Wahabee officers to the
charge of districts throughout his territories, he was inveigled up to
Deriah, and imprisoned by the Wahabee Shaikh. He made his escape,
reached Muskat, and sought the protection of the Imaum. The
Joasmees were rendered independent of their lawful Shaikh, whose
territories were placed under the vicegerency of Hussan bin Ali, the
Joasmee Chief of Ramse, who had acknowledged the supremacy of the
Wahabee Shaikh, and carried on piracy under his express orders and
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The volume is Selections from the records of the Bombay Government , compiled and edited by Robert Hughes Thomas, Assistant Secretary, Political Department, New Series: 24 (Bombay: Printed for Government at the Bombay Education Society's Press, 1856).
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- 1 volume (364 folios)
The volume contains an abstract of contents on p. iii, a detailed list of contents on pp. vii-xx, an alphabetical index on pp. xxi-xxvii, and a list of maps etc on p. xviii.
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Pagination: two separate pagination sequences are present in the volume. The first sequence (pp. i-xviii) commences at the first page and terminates at the list of maps (p. xviii). A second pagination sequence then takes over (pp. 1-688), commencing at the title page and terminating at the final page. Both these pagination sequences are printed, with additions in pencil, and the numbers are found at the top (left, right or centre) of each page.
The fold-outs in this volume were not paginated by the publisher. As a result, these have been foliated using the nearest page number. For example, the fold-out attached to p.51 has been numbered as 51A.
Pagination anomalies: pp. 15, 15A; 45, 45A; 49, 49A; 51, 51A; 531, 531A.
The following pages need to be folded out to be read: 15A, 45A, 51A, 327-328, 531A.
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