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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎36] (179/1782)

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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been conveyed in an English vessel to Bandar Abbas, insisted on landing
two-thirds of the cargo of the .English fleet there as piesents to the
Shah, and consequently duty-free. In 1630-31 the Company's revenue
from the customs was 550 Tumans,* in 163'2-33 only 242 Tumans, and
in 1633-34, apparently, 341 Tumans. In 1639-40 arrears to the
amount of 200 Tumans were with difficulty recovered from the Persians,
and it was hoped that 500 Tumans would be received on account of the
current vear ^ in 1640-41 the recoveries amounted to 700 Tumans. In
1643-44 the Company obtained 600 Tumans and in the next year 616
Tumans j in 1647-48 their share was 63o Tiimans, and m ]bi.>0-51 it lose
to the unprecedented figure of 750 Tumans, or more than £2,250, and was
even described as the principal item of profit in the Company's dealings
with Persia.
In some years the smallness of the amounts received was due partly
to bad trade ; but the frauds and negligence of the Persians, and even
of the Company's own servants, and refusal of payment by the Dutch
were factors of greater importance. About 1630 Captain Weddell,
being accused of a serious fault in some other connection, pled that he
had saved the Company £2,000 at Bandar 'Abbas by setting a guard
to watch the customs, and about 1633 the position was somewhat improved
by the energy and integrity of a Factor named Loftus ; but in 1637-38, on
the other hand, when the return was poor, it was reported that there had
been collusion between the captains of the Company's ships, the Factors
on shore, and the Persian officials. In 1640 some zealous employes of
the Company went so far as to recommend that force should be used
to oblige the Persians to deal honestly in the matter.
At various times it was estimated that the English share, if it could
be recovered in full, would amout to 5,000 or 6,000 Tumans, that is to
considerably over £15,000 a year; and according to Mandelslo, one of
the embassy from the Duke of Holstein to the Shah, who passed through
Bandar 'Abbas in 1638, the English were then only receiving about
one-tenth of their just dues. In 1653, the privilege of free trade at
Bandar 'Abbas having some years before been extended by the Shah to
the Dutch, the Company's servants urged that this exemption should
only be held to affect the Persian and not the English moiety of the
customs; but it does not appear in what manner this question was
settled.
•The Persian Tu man was at this time worth more than £3 English; in M'l ^
was £3-6 -8.

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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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