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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎58] (201/1782)

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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58
Holt's mis
sion, its
failure and
continued
annoyances,
1669-72.
Fresh hopes
and disap
pointments
of the Com
pany in
blockade, unless it were undertaken with a great force would probably
be disregarded by the Dutch ; and there was also a possibility of umbrage
being given to the Mughal Emperor, the trade of whose subjects with
Persia by sea would be interrupted. Eventually, in 1664, the Surat
Council resolved to leave two English employes at Bandar ^Abbas and
not to attempt any negotiations at Isfahan : this decision they referred
to their masters at home for approval.
In 1669 it was stated that the Company's trade in Persia had been ;
during several years, to a great extent relinquished; and that only an
Agent had been maintained at Bandar 'Abbas to claim periodically the
English moiety of the customs. In this year the Company's Court at
home sent a Mr. William Rolt to Persia, as their own special nominee, to
take charge of their affairs in that country but to act at the same time
in subordination to the Council at Surat; and the latter body were desired
to report the number and kind of armed vessels required to protect trade
in the Gulf and to enforce payment of the English share of the Bandai'
'Abbas customs. By Holt's "continued wearysome and chargeable
attendance on the Persian Court " the situation, up to the end of 1671,
had not been at all improved: trade for various reasons continued
precarious ; the Persian Customs officer at Bander 'Abbas was very
frequently changed; the enjoyment of even those privileges which had
undeniably been granted to the English was uncertain; an arbitrary
interference in the affairs of the Company was exercised by the Shah's
Vazir; and applications for redress at Isfahan were as expensive as their
results were transient. Rolt himself, in the end, expressed an opinion
that there was no prospect of the rights and privileges of the English
being vindicated or maintained otherwise than by open force; and the
Persians, on their part, began to talk of superseding Bandar 'Abbas by
creating a new port at Rig or elsewhere. The G overnor of Shiraz had
nevertheless the effrontery,to demand the use of the Company's ship
" Advance to transport a Persian military expedition by sea, but his
request was refused. Early in 1672 instructions were given for warning 1
the Shah, his chief minister the I'timad-ud-Dauleh, and the Shahbandar
it Bandar 'Abbas of the serious consequences that mig ht ensue from
persistent molestation of the English ; and the Surat Presidency appar
ently continued to discuss the possibility of retaliatory measures.
In 1674, hostility between the English and the Dutch in Europe
having for the second time ceased, a more hopeful spirit began to pervade
the management of English affairs in Persia; a letter from King Charles
II was transmitted to Shah Sulaiman; a collection of the Farmans in

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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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