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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2459] (976/1262)

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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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persian post offices at Bushehr were constituted offices of excliange, the
former receiving Re. 1 for everv parcel sent from Persia^ and the latter
Rs. 2-8-0 for each parcel sent to Persia. From the 1st of November
1898, the German Post Office began to exchange closed parcel ba^s with
the Persian post office through the intermediacy of the Indian post office,
which received a transit fee at the rate of a francs per parcel for its
services. The interchange of both parcels and letters was only once
interrupted at Bushehr in the spring of 1897 ; when the Persian Post
Office, from fear of plague, for a few days refused to accept any mails
from the Indian otfice; an assurance however that the mails were
thoroughly disinfected sufficed to remove their scruples.
When Persia joined the Parcel Post Union in 1903 the former
arrangements were brought to an end ; and from the 1st of October in
that year a parcel service on the ordinary international lines was insti
tuted. Its operations were restricted—in the part of Persia with which
we are concerned—to Muhammareh, Bushehr, Lingeh, Bandar Abbas,
Jashk and Chahbar j but the Persian post offices at those places under
took to convey the parcels to the interior of Persia and to recover the
charges for conveyance inland from the addressees. The Indian post
offices at Mnhammareh, Lingeh, Bandar J Abbas and Jashk were constitut
ed offices of exchange, at first for parcels received from the Persian pos
office and subsequently for parcels exchanged in both directions. Parcels
from India intended for delivery at the places named above can now be
prepaid either at Indian inland or at union rates at the option ot the
sender; those prepaid at union rates are transferred on arrival to t e
Persian post office for disposal.
Trouble in connection with the parcel post arose at Bushehr in 1904 ;
it was due to an intemperate onslaught by the Imperial Persian
Customs on an established practice whereby, at that place, the Indian
parcel mails were conveyed direct between the ship and Indian Post ortice.
The dispute was not confined to the parcel mail but related also to the
letter mail, which, so the Persian Customs and Persian postal offi^als
contended, ought on landing to be handed over to the Persian Post Office
The claim was based upon certain clauses of the Beglement Douamer ot
1904: but the British authorities refused to admit it, and argued
that the old established privileges of the Indian Post Office had a
political origin and history, and could not therefore be abrogated by
a merely commercial arrangement such as the Reglement.
The progress and final settlement of this contest at Bushehr, and of a
similar but less important one at Muhammareh, are related m the Appendix
on the Imperial Persian Customs and need not be described again m this
place. In the end it was arranged that the Indian parcels should
be conveyed direct, as formerly, between the mail steamers an ^ e
Indian post office; but increased facilities were given to the Persian
authorities for satisfyin , themselves that dutiable articles weie no smug
gled into Persia by the Indian post.
Hardly had this matter_ been settled when the Persian Customs
raised a fresh difficulty by claiming that samples arriving by pos
be treated as parcels and submitted for their examination. On the one
D is mite con
cerning the
Indian sam
ple post in
Persia, 1905,

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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' [‎2459] (976/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 4 December 2023]

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