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'Persian Gulf - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part II)' [‎151r] (9/45)

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The record is made up of 1 file (21 folios). It was created in 1 Sep 1879. It was written in English and French. 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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* Political Letter, No.
28, dated 4th Feb. 1876. j
dicative of thr^osi^ion ^ otller e y ent occurred in-
tbe Guttur coa^ T V vo b ? the Turks on
Cheyla and Rama, merchants at El sub j ects »
great pressure, and in snite of fi Were ' ^
polled by Mazeed Pashi fr ™ 101 r P ro ^ es t s 3 com-
(Huf-huf), in the interior. 1 Up011 him at Lahsa
St'" G —' »' wtoft
tinned 0ld Sheikh, whom M-e have hitherto con-
Su /Tir t treat , as the chief of the
mstnct of EI Bulaa, has ever been sincerely friendly
disposed towards the British Government and repre^
sentatiyes, and ready so far as he safely could to
show his friendship when occasion offered. He has
at times even made indirect communications with a
view of privately sounding the Resident as to
whether he might hope for the aid of the British
government in any attempt to rid himself of the
to him distasteful, incubus of Turkish domination!
feuch overtures were necessarily discouraged.
The ^ son of Mahomed bin Thanee, by name
Jasim bin Mahomed, is animated by sentiments
wholly opposed to those entertained by his father.
J. uis Jasim has always shown a jealous and even
hostile spirit as regards British authority in the Gulf,
and was greatly instrumental in brin^inff the Turks
to El Bidaa.
t£ Consequently the compliance of Mahomed bin
Thanee with our just demand was distasteful to
Jasim. This person further trades himself in pearls
and other merchandise, and, wishing to get the
whole traffic of Bidaa into his own hands, would
gladly drive the Indian merchants from the place by
any means in his power.
" I have scarcely a doubt that Jasim used the
affair of the indemnity, and the visit of the Resi
dency steamer to El Bidaa, as a means of working
on the jealous feelings of the Turkish officials,
and has made such representations as to the con
duct of the Hindoos as have served to excite the
anger of the Governor of Lahsa, and induced him
to adopt the harsh and overbearing course of or- "
dering Eama and Cheyla to be sent to Lahsa. I
think then that Jasim bin Mahomed is the insti
gator of the outrage.
" But whatever the springs of action, the
Governor of Lahsa certainly issued the orders and
is responsible for the act. It appears also that the
Governor did not act solely on the reports he re
ceived from Jasim, but had deputed a special
officer to inquire on the spot.
" I am convinced that it has been Mazeed's
deliberate purpose, for one thing, in taking so un
precedented a course, to show in the eyes of the

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A memorandum, written by Adolphus Warburton Moore, Assistant Secretary of the Political and Secret Department of the 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. , 1 September 1879.

The document is a continuation of ' 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. - Turkish jurisdiction along the Arabian coast (Part I)' (IOR/L/PS/18/B19/1) and broadly addresses the same issues, namely, what to do about Turkish claims to sovereignty along the southern coast of the Gulf that could potentially impinge on Britain's treaty commitments with local rulers and their security responsibilities at sea (the suppression of piracy), and whether to come to some kind of comprehensive arrangement with the Ottoman Government to settle the matter. To support this, the document gives a history of recent affairs in the region, making extensive use of correspondence and memoranda mostly written between 1874 and 1879. The principal correspondents are from the Government of India, the Foreign Office, the 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. , and various political and diplomatic offices 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. , Turkish Arabia, and Constantinople. The matters covered by the document concern events at Bahrein [Bahrain], Guttur [Qatar] - including Zobarah [Al Zubarah 18th-century town located 105 km from Doha. ], Odeid [al-‘Udaid], and El Bidaa [Doha] - Lahsa [al-Hasa], and the Trucial states.

The memorandum concludes by outlining the position of the Foreign Office, the Government of India, and the 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. (represented by the author) on the following four matters:

1. The status of Odeid;

2. The need to better define areas of responsibility and jurisdiction with the Porte, and whether to hold them responsible for order along the coast under their authority;

3. A revision of Britain's treaties with Bahrain, the Trucial chiefs, and Muscat;

4. The arrangement of 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. business between the Bushire 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 the Baghdad Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. .

The author quotes extensively from the correspondence and other sources, notes on which are to be found in the margin throughout.

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1 file (21 folios)
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Foliation: The foliation for this description commences at folio 148 and terminates at folio 168, as it is part of a larger physical volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. The main foliation sequence commences at the front cover, and terminates at the back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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