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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1828] (345/1262)

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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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Raw silk.
confirmed by the following observations of the Bombay Government,
which were made in September 1767 with reference to a letter fromtlie
Company's servants at Bushehr : " (They) advised us that they had con-
" signed to us by the Success 66 bales of Carmenia wool on account and
a risque of Mahmud Hussari, that it was of a fine sort but had been
a touched by the worms, for which reason they had not fixed any price
i( for it, which the Linguist desired might be referred to us, and who
" would abide by any price we might think it worth. They likewise sent
" us two bales of new wool on the Hon^ble Company^s risque, and had
a contracted for 3,000 bales more at 6 rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. the maund, all charges in-
"eluded; but they were afraid that the impediments laid on their trade
" would discourage the contractors and occasion a disappointment in this
" article, of which, altho. we were the only purchasers in Persia, they
a could not perceive it under the above price, owing to the sheep being
" almost totally destroyed by the length of the troubles that [they] had
" ravaged the province of Carmenia.'" A little later, in giving orders
for Mr, Skipp^s second mission to Shiraz, the Presidency The name given to each of the three divisions of the territory of the East India Company, and later the British Raj, on the Indian subcontinent. directed that
the price of Kirman wool should be fixed in the treaty which might be
arranged with Karim Khan.
A similar direction was given in regard to raw silk, chiefly of Gilan
origin, the trade in which was now evidently considered important by
the Court of Directors The London-based directors of the East India Company who dealt with the daily conduct of the Company's affairs. in London, though considerations of the risk and
difficulty in obtaining it sometimes led them to modify or cancel
orders already given. In March 1768 they "laid aside any thought of
it for the present,but a year later they again urged that it should he
procured, k large quantity was expected to be collected at Basrah at
the beginning of 1771; and again, at the end of 1771, orders were sent
from London to discontinue purchasing raw silk.
^ 0 PP er There are also indications that copper was still exported from Persia
by the East India Company,
barter. an( ^ r ^ ie medium of exchange seems tu have given rise, during this period,
to questions of some difficulty. Karim Khan had, apparently, theories
of his own on the subject; and these eventually led him to prohibit the
exportation of specie from Persia altogether, under pain of confiscation
not cmly of money which it had been attempted to smuggle out of the
country, but also of the whole of the delinquents other estate ; and in
1770 a caravan proceeding from Shiraz to Bushehr, in which were 500
Tumans in cash, was stopped by his orders, the money seized, and the
owner thrown into prison. There Avas at this time a great scarcity of
specie in both Persia and Turkish 'Iraq, but the measures adopted by

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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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