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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎17] (160/1782)

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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" concerIling , this Persian employment •/' and they accordingly proceededj
in anticipation of the sanction of the Company, to place Edward Connock *
in charge of a commercial mission to Persia by which a factory or
factories should forthwith be established in that country. Their instruc
tions to Connock contemplated a landing at Jashk; but cargo dis
embarked there was to be at once removed to a place of greater security
from the Portuguese ; and Connock himself, taking with him a letter
from King James and suitable presents, was to travel with all speed to
the Shah at Isfahan and there endeavour to obtain a grant of privileges.
The Surat Factors reached this momentous decision in October 1616 ;
and no time was lost by them in carrying it into execution.
On the 8th November 1616 the ship "James," Captain Alexander
Child, sailed from Surat for Jashk, carrying a considerable cargo of goods
and the staff of the Company^ mission to Persia, namely, Edward
Connock, the leader of the expedition, Thomas Barker, the next in
seniority, and George Pley,t Edward Petters, William Bell, William
Tracye J and Mathew Pepwell, Factors. The "James" having cast
anchor at Jashk on the 4th of December 1616, the mission proceeded to
Minab ; the Shales Farman was exhibited to Zulfiqar Khan, the local
Persian Governor; and the goods of the Company, disembarked at Jashk,
were transported by land to Minab on camels supplied by the Governor,
and under his protection against the Portuguese. On the 20th of January
1617 the " James " left for Surat, Connock and his companions remain
ing in Persia to prosecute their enterprise. The value of the Company^s
capital brought by them to Jashk was £6,333-15-11, including £550 in
ready money.
Sir Thomas Roe, much to his credit, though he entirely disapproved
of the action of the Surat Factors and made no secret of his opinion, did
his best to prevent the failure of the enterprise. W ith this purpose, on
the 3rd January 1617, he interviewed the Persian Ambassador at the
Mughal court, to whom he " generally propounded the settling of a
" trade, the conditions we required, the Comoditye to his Master, and our
" forwardness in sending a ship this year to lasques upon his Masters
" firmaen and he also persuaded the Ambassador to warn the Shah of
the danger which might result from an exclusive agreement with Spain.
A few days later he wrote to his correspondent at Isfahan, an English
jeweller named William Bobbins,§ asking him to explain to the Shah
* Also Connok and Cannocke, and bj Roe spelt " Connaught." The orthography
of the time was unsettled, even in the matter of proper names,
t Or Plea.
J Or Tracy. *
§ Or Robin,
IX
Despatch of
a mission in
the "James"
to Jashk,
November
1616.
Action of
Sir T. Roe,
1616-17.

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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:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
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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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