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‘Administration Report on the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Maskat Political Agency for 1896-97 (Foreign Dept serial no. 92). Calcutta: Supt. Govt. Printing, 1897 & Appendices to the Administration Report on the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Maskat Political Agency for 1896-97’ [‎222r] (11/31)

The record is made up of 1 volume (35 folios). It was created in 1897. It was written in English. 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.

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EESIDENCY AND MASKAT POLITICAL AGENCY An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. FOR THE YEAR 1896-97.
Mubarec, who bad failed to get tbeir recognition of bis claims on the joint
family property. The sons of the murdered brothers effected their escape.
7.—PERSIAN ARABISTAN.
At the opening of the year the Nizam-es-Sultaneh was continued in the
Governor -Generalship which he had held, and remained in office until events
compelled Ms recall some months later.
In June a midnight attack, of a most brutal and murderous character, was
committed upon Mr. Tanfield, an employe of Messrs. Lynch Brothers, by a
Persian in his service, the final escape of the victim with life, though fearfully
mutilated, being almost miraculous.
After considerable delay the assailant was carried to Tehran, and there
imprisoned. In January of this year a strong mob after pillaging a caravan of
Messrs. Lynch Brothers, in transit between the town and river, a few miles
distant, attacked and completely sacked the office of Messrs. Hotz in the town.
The embargo on the export of wheat, though not officially suspended,
remained, as reported at the close of last year, virtually in abeyance. Its
enforcement was again notified in July by the Governor-General, only to be
followed immediately by an intimation from the Government, through Her
Majesty's Legation, of its removal. The harvest gathered in the spring of
1896 was abundant, but prices nevertheless rose after a few months, the
average for the year being more than double those for the preceding year,
owing mainly to the short crop in Mesopotamia. Prospects for the coming
harvest were doubtful, and in January of this year a general piohibition of
the export of food-grains was notified, to take effect in March; it was,
however, unnoticed by the local authorities on the Kaiun till April.
Exceptionally high floods on the Tigris in the spring of 1896 caused a
considerable rise of the Karun, and damaged the date crop, of which the yield
was consequently poor ; prices were therefore considerably higher than usual.
Trade generally was satisfactory, the returns showing a large increase in
the total volume over the previous year.
8.—FARS AND PERSIAN COAST.
The supreme and tragic event of the year for Fars, as for Persia in
eeneral, was the assassination of the Shah. Within a few days of the celebra
tion of the Jubilee of the fiftieth year of his reign, the preparations for which
were in a forward state, His Majesty Nasr -ud-Dm Shah was shot on the 1st
May at the shrine of Abdul Azim which he was in the habit of visiting, a
few miles distant from Tehran. Death followed almost immediately.
His Royal Highness Rukn -ed-Dowleh, brother of the late Shah, retained the
Governor -Generalship of the Province at the annual spring settlement. In the
end of Julv news was received that a new appointment had been made. The
new Governor-General, Na Z im -ed-Dowleh, did not, however, reach Shiraz, to
assume the charge of the administration, till late in October.
The Pars province suffered again from the ravages of locusts, though the
direct injury caused by this plague was lessened by the precan ion which appears
to have been largely adopted, of substituting the cultivation of barley for that of
wheat, as barley ripening earlier than wheat, and before the power for mischief
of the insects is fully developed, enjoys immunity from their attacks^ While
there was a scarcity of wheat therefore, the barley crop was reported to be
The value of the copper " pul" fell four-fold in smraz, or irom to
for the kran. The dislocation of the monetary system thus entailed had to be

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Administration Report of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Maskat [Muscat] Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for 1896-97 followed by a separate series of appendices to this report. Both published by the Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India (Calcutta), forming part of Selections from the Records of the Government of India, Foreign Department, and based on reports sent to Government by the 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Muscat.

The report is divided up into a number of sections and subsections, as follows:

Part 1 , is a general summary (folios 220-223) written by Colonel Frederick Alexander Wilson, 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , that gives a summary of developments in the region during the past year. It is divided up as follows:

1. Oman-Maskat Coast.

2. Oman Pirate Coast.

3. Bahrein [Bahrain].

4. El Hasa [Al Hasa].

5. Katif [Al Qatif] and Katr [Qatar].

6. Kowait [Kuwait].

7. Persian Arabistan.

8. Fars and Persian Coast.

9. Persian Baluchistan and Mekran.

10. Slave Trade.

11. Piracy.

12. Royal Navy.

13. Official Changes.

Part 2 , is an Administration Report of the Maskat Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for the Year 1896-97 (folios 224-225) written by Captain Francis Granville Beville, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and Consul, Maskat. The report provides a summary of political and military developments in the region throughout the previous year.

Part 4 (sic), is a Maskat Trade Report for the Year 1896-97 (folios 225v-226) written by Captain Francis Granville Beville, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and Consul, Maskat. Appendix A (folios 226v-228) that follows the report contains the following tables:

Table 1 - Imports into Maskat.

Table 2 - Exports from Maskat.

Table 3 - Showing total number and tonnage of vessels of each nation that entered the Port of Maskat.

Table 4 - Showing total number and tonnage of vessels of each nation that cleared from the Port of Maskat.

Part 5 , is a Report on the Trade and Commerce of Mohammerah for the Year 1896 (folios 228v-229) written by W McDouall, Vice-Consul, Mohammerah. Appendix A (229v-231) that follows the report contains a series of tables related to trade to/from Mohammerah.

A separate series of appendices that follows the Administration report is contained on folios 233-267 and includes two meteorological tables and a Trade Report of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. for 1896 (folios 236-237) written by Malcolm John Meade, Officiating 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The trade report itself has an appendix (folios 238-267) that contains a series of 27 tables related to several aspects of trade in the region.

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1 volume (35 folios)
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The report is arranged into a number of sections and subsections, with statistic data in tabular format directly following written sections. There is a contents page at the front of the report (folio 219) which list the report's contents.

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