'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (159/1782)
The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. 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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Sir T. Roe,
action of the
the views of
Sir T. Roe,
caution, had proposed a thorough inquiry into the conditions of commerce
in Persia, and had suggested that he himself should visit Isfahan, under
a commission from King James, to arrange matters personally. The
arrival of the Farman did not alter his opinion, for he regarded the docu
ment as of little value, chiefly because it made no provision for a fortified
port in the Gulf and because it contained no assurance that teade would
be directed to Jashk or to any other port with which the English might
have to do. He further considered the time to be inopportune for a
venture in Persia, inasmuch as Sir Kobert Sherley had recently left Persia
as Ambassador from the Shah to the King of Spain with instructions to
arrange, if possible, that the Portuguese and Spaniards, on being granted
permission to occupy and fortify Bandar ^Abbas and other places on the
coast, should purchase there all the Persian merchandise brought down
for export and should send a yearly fleet to the Gulf with spices, pepper
and Indian linen; the outcome of Sherley^s mission could not, be
thought, be predicted ; and, if it were successful, the undertaking of the
Company's servants would be completely frustrated. In these circum
stances Roe sought to dissuade the Factors from taking any decisive
step; but at the same time, by way of counteracting Sherley's designs,
he wrote a letter to the Shah, in which he thanked him for the Farman
given to Steel and Crouther, pointed out that the Shah's negotiations
with Spain were inconsistent with the terms of the Farman, whereby
freedom of trade was guaranteed to all Christian merchants, and hinted
that the grant of a monopoly to another nation might oblige the
English to resort to arms and so to disturb the tranquillity of the Gulf.
The Factors at Surat, however, who evidently considered the question
to be a commercial one not falling within the piovince of Sir Thomas
Roe, took a different view. They regarded the opportunity as favourable,
inasmuch as Sherley, who would be either a tro iblesome enemy or an
expensive friend, was absent from Persia; the continuance of war
between Turkey and Persia and the consequent interruption of inter
course with Europe led them to believe that silk must at the moment be
superabundant, and cloth scarce, in Persia; and Jashk, though they
were a\\are of the insignificance of the place itself, appeared to them
to afford an advantageous opening for the disposal of the surplus stocks
at Surat, yet without any extraordinary expense to the Company.
Roe's adverse opinion they dismissed with the remark, that, " in regard
^ his Lordship in other particulars of his said letter is far transported (in
" error of 0 P in ion) concerning merchandising and merchants' affairs in
these parts, makes us assured that he is no less transported from and
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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer 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. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.
Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .
Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:
- 'Chapter I. General History 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. Region' (Part IA, pages 1-396);
- 'Chapter II. History of the ’Omān Sultanate' (Part IA, pages 397-629);
- 'Chapter III. History of Trucial ’Omān' (Part IA, page 630-Part IB, page 786);
- 'Chapter IV. History of Qatar' (Part IB, pages 787-835);
- 'Chapter V. History of Bahrain' (Part IB, pages 836-946);
- 'Chapter VI. History of Hasa' (Part IB, pages 947-999);
- 'Chapter VII. History of Kuwait' (Part 1B, pages 1000-1050);
- 'Chapter VIII. History of Najd or Central Arabia' (Part 1B, pages 1051-1178);
- 'Chapter IX. History of Turkish ’Iraq' (Part 1B, pages 1179-1624).
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- 2 volumes (1624 pages)
Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions 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 chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to 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 annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.
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Foliation: 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. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:
- Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
- Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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