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‘File 5/6 I Brussels Conference and general rules and procedure on slave traffic’ [‎104r] (224/297)

The record is made up of 1 volume (137 folios). It was created in 28 Mar 1892-21 May 1925. It was written in English, French, Arabic and Persian. 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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H.M.S. "Sphinx" at Bushire
4th June 1909.
Dear Major Cox,
I have received your D.O. letter of 2nd inst
* ' 1 one to fugitiv e slaves and I quite see your point
and appreciate the difficulty and misunderstanding that can
arise.
a1 aoughj^s I informed you, Cominanding Officesn-
of H-M.Ships in the Gulf have special instructions in the
Station order Book v /ith regard to the procei^dure in the case
or fugitive slaves from Muscat Territory, there are other
instructions in the Station Order Boo^ which specially draw
attention to the prescription of Commanding Officers of H.M.
Ships in the matter of granting immediate and definitive
freedom to fugitive slaves received on board their vessels
under the powers conveyed by Art .mill of the Brussels Act
of 1889»
Therefore, before representing the matter to
the Commander in Chief, I write to ask whether it would meet
your requirements if a fugitive, seeking refuge and
being received oh board one of H.M.Ships in the Gulf and
given a manumission certificate by the 0.0. on prima facie
evidence of being d slave, were kept on board the ship and
handed over, together with his certificate^ at the first con -
venient opportunity to the Political Officer concerned.
The

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Correspondence related to the distribution of the text of the General Act of the Brussels Conference of 1890 throughout the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. region. The English version of the Act is on folios 32-37. William Lee-Warner, Secretary to the Government of India in Bombay, sent Adelbert Talbot ( Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , 1891-93) 100 copies of the Act in Persian (folios 5-19), and 100 in Arabic, for distribution to the Political Agencies on the Persian and Arab coasts of the Gulf respectively. Talbot sent 25 copies of the Persian translation of the Act to his 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. in Bandar-e Lengeh, and a further 25 copies to the Agent of the British India Steam Navigation Co. (Gray Paul & Co.) at Bandar-e Abbas. The Governor of Turkish Arabistan, Nizam-es-Sultaneh was critical of the distributed Persian translation of the Act, which had been produced under the authority of British Government staff in Bombay. In response Talbot commissioned and distributed a new translation (folios 73-88), produced under his authority at the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in Bushire.

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1 volume (137 folios)
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The contents of the volume have been arranged chronologically, with the earliest documents at the front, and the latest at the rear.

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Foliation: The volume has been foliated with small circled numbers in the top right corner of each front-facing page. The front cover has been foliated 1, then there are two unfoliated pages, before foliation restarts at 2 on the title sheet. After the title sheet and contents page (folio 4) there are a further three unfoliated blank pages before foliation restarts on the first piece of correspondence.). Folio 100 is missing.

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English, French, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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