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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎1987] (504/1262)

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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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Resident referring the case to the Persian Governor^ the latter made
answer that he could do nothing as the Qazi and merchants had risen
against him and were endeavouring to expel him from Bnshehr • and he
even begged the Resident to inform the Governor-General of Pars of the
real state of matters in the town.
Captain Hennell was indisposed to take extreme measures at Bushehr
at this time, though with a British force on Kharag he was in a position
to do so, for he feared to prejudice the efforts which were being made to
fettle matters amicably between Britain and Persia. He wrote instead to
the Governor-General of Fars, though with little hope of a favourable
result, and he suggested to the British Minister at the Persian Court that
the deportation of Shaikh Husain and others from Bnshehr, together
with the punishment of those who had been most prominent in the
outrage on the Sarraf, should be required of Persia.
The incident was eventually included in the list of British demands
for satisfaction presented to the Persian Government in 1839 and, like
the other items in that list, was settled in the course of the two following
on Kharag,
Before long obstacles began to be thrown by the Persian authorities
,« in the way of the despatch of supplies from Bushehr to Kharag. First obstruction to
Mirza 'Abbas 'Ali prohibited the export of wheat and flour to the island ; ing of the 0n "
fOTin and later Mirza Asad Ullah, his successor, refused to let any Persian
letwii subject perform any sort of service for the Kharag garrison and laid
i a % an embargo on even the smallest articles required by the 05^0^ mess.
The Resident consequently suggested, at the end of 1838, that
W ! retaliatory action might be taken by stopping the trade of Bushehr;
^ but Lord Palmerston, then Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs,
W considered the proposed measure inexpedient inasmuch as it would
rstof injure the interests of Indian merchants trading with Bushehr as well
as of Persian merchants who were well disposed to the British, would
furnish the Shah with an excuse for stopping the importation of British
goods into Northern Persia, and would probably, in any case, be ineffectual
He recommended, instead, that the Persian Government should be
warned that, if supplies were not forthcoming, the British Government
might be reduced to the necessity of obtaining them by means of its
i {|1 0 wn , also that action should be taken in that sense, if the warning
were disregarded. Convenient arrangements having been made, however,
01 obtainin g from Basrah the supplies required at Kharag, the matter
was allowed to drop.
135 4

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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:

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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