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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2447] (964/1262)

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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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2447
In 1877-79 a number of official letters addressed to officers in the
Foreign Department of the Government of India by the Residents
at Bushehr and Baghdad failed to reach their proper destinations, while
others were greatly delayed in transmission, one from Bushehr being
received in 61 instead of 20 days, and one from Baghdad in 49 instead of
28 days, after despatch. In more than one case duplicates specially
sent to the Foreign Department in place of lost originals also dis
appeared ; and in all 47 Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. letters and 5 Baghdad letters of
the years 1877 and 1878 were missed. In 1879 there were two fresh
cases of non-receipt. Some of the lost documents were important^
others unimportant. The correspondence of the Resident in the
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. with the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. , however, continued to
arrive with perfect regularity, and in one instance a registered letter
reported missing was proved by means of the receipt to have reached the
Foreign Department, from which circumstances it may be suspected
that the correspondence in question was not really lost or delayed in the
Post office, but mislaid after receipt (??).
One of the special features of the Gulf postal division is a system
of personal letter bags, which has been arranged by the postal author
ities for the convenience of the British Consuls-General at Bushehr and
Baghdad and of the Consuls at Masqat and Basrah. The system began
on a request, made in 1882 by the Colonel Ross, 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. and
Consul-General in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , for a special bag which could be
removed from the ship at the port most convenient for rapid delivery,
and which should be treated in the same manner as the bags arranged
for Her Majesty^s ships in the Gulf. Colonel Ross's request was
granted, and the bag for the Resident in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. was at first
made up at Bombay. In 1884 the Post Office^ of its own motion,
provided similar bags for the other officers who at present enjoy the
same privilege; and these special mails are now made up both by the
Bomb ay-Karachi sea post office and by the post office at Karachi.
Postal insurance was introduced in India from the 1st of January
1878 and was extended at the same time to the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. offices; but
the peculiar conditions under which trade is carried on in the Gulf led
to unforeseen uses (and indeed abuses) of the insurance system, and
ultimately necessitated its withdrawal. The facilities offered for the
despatch of specie insured by post were taken advantage of by
the Jewish and Armenian merchants of Baghdad, and to a lesser ex
tent by those of Basrah, for sending money to Bombay—chiefly to Jewish
firms—in payment for the drafts by means of which the remitters^ debts
to foreign creditors were settled. The total value of the postal insur
ances effected at Baghdad rose from Rs. 27,000 in 1878-79 to over 24
lakhs One lakh is equal to one hundred thousand rupees of rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. in 1882-83. In 1884 the Tigris and Euphrates Steam
Navigation Company protested against this development of postal
operations, on the ground that it not only robbed them of a large
part of their income from the carriage of a specie but also saddled them
with obligations more onerous than had been contemplated in the contract
which they held for the carriage of the British mails. In 1884 the
same question arose in a slightly different form in Bahrain, where the
pearl merchants, immediately upon the institution of a post office there,
Loss of
Foreign
Department
correspond
ence from
the Persian
Gulf and
Baghdad.,
1877-79.
Personal
letter bags,
1882-1907.
Postal in
surance,
1878-1907.

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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)
Arrangement

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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