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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎51] (194/1782)

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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a provisional union upon equal terms : the interest of the English ancl
London Companies in the joint concern created was fixed at £988,500
each ;* the common trade for seven years was to be directed by a Court
of twenty-four managers, half nominated by the one Company and half by
the other ; during seven years the Companies were to maintain separate
establishments and accounts and to dispose of their existing separate
stocks ; and, at the expiration of that period, final and complete amalga^
mation was to take place. A valuation held at this time showed the
dead stock of the London Company to be worth £830,000 and that of
the English Company £70,000. The arrangements prescribed were
duly carried out, though not without some further regrettable friction
between the representatives of the two corporations in the East. The
proceedings were accelerated by the appearance in 1707 of more private
merchants, who began to protest against the monopoly granted to the
Companies, and by a demand made on the Companies by Government
for a loan of £1,200,000.
Amalgamation was ultimately effected by an award of the Earl of Union of
Godolphin, dated the 29th of September 1708 ; and the Company
formed by the fusion received the name of " The United Company of the panies, 1708.
Merchants of England trading to the East Indies." As it was decided
that it should operate under the charter of the English (or New)
Company, the United Company should perhaps be regarded technically
as deriving its existence from that body rather than from the London
(or Old) Company. By the beginning of 1708 the separate affairs and
accounts of the Old Company in Persia had been wound up and closed.
It remains to notice certain charter obligations and English legislatu e
enactments by which English trade in the East was influenced duiing obligations
this period. In 1693, when the East India Company received a new
charter, they were required to export, in their fleet of the following enactment,
season, not less than £150,000 worth of English produce and mam> '
factures ; and this condition, as we shall see later on, gave an impulse to
their trade in cloth in Persia. Again, when the New or English Company
was constituted in 1698, one of the conditions imposed on them
was that one-tenth of the goods which they exported should be of English
origin; and this provision was afterwards made applicable to the United
Company which came into existence by the amalgamation of the Old
and New East India Companies in 1708. The nature of English hade
in the East was also affec ted by an Act, passed in 1699 or 1700, which
* The balance of £23,000 in the total capital of £2,000,000 belonged to the
" separate traders, " a rewdaum of the General Society.

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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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