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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1804] (321/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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by the Court
of Directors,
raw ^ silk were accepted from him in payment; whereas, under the
existing system, Persian merchants were obliged to visit Turkish terri
tory, which they disliked doing, in order to make their purchases at
Basrah, and could not offer as high prices there, on account of tlie
expenses of the journey, double customs, etc., as if the goods were
delivered to them at Bushehr.
Meanwhile anxious enquiries were made from the Commanders of tlie
u Expedition" and Fancy at Eushehr, on behalf of the Shaikh,
whether the British intended to re-settle at that part, and the local
merchants would gladly have bought cloth, had there been any on board
the cruisers ; but the Agent and Council adhered firmly to their plan of
sending nothing to Bushehr and of so compelling the Persian trade to
come to Basrah. In September 1769, in order to avoid giving offence
to Karim Khan, who was then at war with the Imam of Masqat, the
Basrah A gency decided not to arrange a special convoy for the 'Omani
coffee fleet to enable it to reach Basrah : this decision, which was
contrary to their own inclinations, was adopted in obedience to the
spirit of orders which they had received from Bombay. In 1770 the
Governor of Bombay in Council directed the Agent at Basrah to reply
to Sheikh Nasir, who had written inviting the British to return to
Bushehr, that, if the 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. wished to see the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. re-established
and w T ould cause a letter to this effect to be sent to the Agenda,
European gentleman would be deputed to discuss the matter with him.
It was intended, in the event of this proposal being accepted, to send
Mr. Morley to Shiraz with the same instructions — except those relating
to Kharag—as Mr, Skipp had received on his last mission, and to
demand the restoration of the " Speedwell" and her cargo, which had
been taken by Mir Mahanna in 1768.
The Agent and Council at Basrah, however, were able to delay
compliance with these unpalatable orders by representing that they had
no suitable present to send Karim Khan and no trustworthy Linguist
to accompany Mr. Morley, and that Shaikh Nasir himself was really
indifferent on the subject; and their dilatory tactics were crowned witt
success, for, in August 1770, a peremptorily worded despatch of the
Court of "Directors was transmitted overland from London to Basrah,
with the utmost haste, conveying these orders : " We hereby prohibit
ff ypu in the strictest manner, not only from re-establishing Bushire, but
''from forming any other settlement in the Persian dominions without out
* Katim Khan was said to receive a part of the revenue of Gilan and other districts
in raw silk*

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1804] (321/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 28 November 2023]

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