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Letter no.3737 of 1856 from Henry Anderson, Secretary to the Government of Bombay, to Commander Felix Jones, Acting Resident in the Persian Gulf [‎178r] (9/12)

The record is made up of 6 folios. It was created in 31 Jul 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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At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 1st day of May, 1855.
PliESENT :
The Queen's most Excellent Majesty in Council.
Whereas by the fourth section of the Act of the sixth year of the Reign of
King George the Fourth, chapter eighty-seven, intituled " An Act to regulate
" the Payment of Salaries and Allowances to British Consuls at Foreign Ports,
" and the Disbursements at such Ports for certain public Purposes it is
amongst other things enacted " That it shall and may be lawful for all Consuls-
u General and Consuls appointed by His Majesty and resident within the domi-
"nions of any Sovereign or any Foreign State or Power in amity with His
"Majesty, to accept, take, and receive, the several fees particularly mentioned in
" the Tables to this said Act annexed, for and in respect or on account of the
ee several matters and things and official acts and deeds particularly mentioned
" in the said schedules, and that it shall and may be lawful for His Majesty, by
" any order or orders to be by him made, by and with the advice of his Privy
u Council, from time to time, as occasion may require, to increase or diminish or
" wholly to abolish all or any of the fees aforesaid, and to establish and authorize
" the payment of an^ greater or smaller or new or additional fees or fee, for in
" Vespect of the several matters and things mentioned in the said Schedules or
" any of them, or for or in respect of any other matters or things, or matter
" or thing, to be by any such Consul-General or Consul dene or performed in
" the execution of such his office.'' And whereas by an Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). , made
On the 14th day of April, 1851, it was ordered " that whenever a British Consul-
" General, Consul, or Vice-Consul, should be called upon by Masters of Merchant
Ships to give his sanction in writing as to the shipment or discharge of seamen,
" or his certificate as to the desertion of seamen, it should be lawful for such
" Consul-General, Consul, or Vice-Consul to demand, recover, and receive from
"all Masters or other Chief Officers or Commanders of any ship or vessel
{£ belonging to any of Her Majesty's subjects the sum of two shillings for each
" seaman whose shipment or discharge should have been so, sanctioned, or whose
" desertion should have been so certified, and that it should not be lawful for
"such Consul-General, Consul, or Vice-Consul, to levy a larger fee for this
" service."
And whereas it is expedient to abolish the fees mentioned in the Tables to
the said Act annexed and in the said Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). of the 14th day of
April, 1851, and to establish and authorize the payment, of other fees in lieu
thereof: Now, therefore, in pursuance of the said Act and in execution of the
powers in Her Majesty in Council in that behalf vested by the said Act, it is
hereby ordered by Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council,
that the several fees mentioned in the Tables to the said Act annexed and in the
said Order in Council A regulation issued by the sovereign of Great Britain on the advice of the Privy Council (in modern practice, upon the advice of government ministers). of the 14th day of April, 1851, shall be abolished; and
that the several fees mentioned in the Table hereunto annexed, for the several
matters mentioned therein, shall be substituted for the fees so abolished, and
shall and may be taken accordingly, subject to the directions and restrictions
contained in the notes appended to the said Table.
And the Right Honourable the Earl of Clarendon, one of Her Majesty's
Principal Secretaries of State, is to give the necessary directions herein
accordingly.
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WM. L. BATHURST.

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The letter and its enclosures relate to the extent of the Resident in the Persian Gulf’s consular powers, and follows Anderson’s earlier letter on the subject (folio 173). The letter is a covering letter, with a number of enclosures, as follows:

1. An extract of paragraph 28 from despatch no.25 of 1856 (folio 175) from the Court of Directors, dated 21 May 1856, affirming that consular jurisdiction for the Bushire Resident is not permitted, as indicated in the second article of the commercial treaty signed with Persia;

2. A printed copy (folios 176-77) of Act of Parliament no.42 (CAP XLII), An Act to enable British Diplomatic and Consular Agents Abroad to administer Oaths and do Notarial Acts, dated 2 July 1855;

3. A printed copy (folios 178-79) of enclosure no.1B in the Consular General Instructions, dated 1 May 1855, which includes details of consular roles and the fees chargeable for each.

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Letter no.3737 of 1856 from Henry Anderson, Secretary to the Government of Bombay, to Commander Felix Jones, Acting Resident in the Persian Gulf [‎178r] (9/12), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/149, ff 174-179, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023318563.0x0000a7> [accessed 22 February 2020]

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