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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎59] (202/1782)

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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favour of the Company was made by the Agent in Persia and, after being
tr slated into English, was forwarded to the Company at home ; and
efforts were made to obtain from the Shah a fresh Farman confirming
those of earlier date. In 1675 it was decided that, pending further
measures, the Company's merchant ships sent to the Gulf should be armed,
"to give the appearance of force and commerce •" and, in 1676, effect
was given to this resolution by the despatch of two armed vessels to the
Gulf, freighted with broadcloth and tin, but also intended to protect trade
and to recover what was due on account of customs at Bandar 'Abbas.
To the Shah it was apparently explained, on this occasion, that the English
moiety of the customs at Bandar 'Abbas was claimed on account of
past services at Hormuz and that separate payment must be made by him
of half the charges of the vessels now sent to establish security at sea, and
it seems to have been added that the refusal of either demand would be
treated as a declaration of hostilities ; but the outcome of these proceedings
is not recorded. Meanwhile it had been represented by the Surat
Presidency to their masters in England that, if war were declared, it should
be in the name of the King and not of the Company • they pointed out
that nothing beyond a naval blockade could be attempted; and they
expressed a fear that a rupture between England and Persia might be
utilised by the Portuguese or the Dutch to obtain a monopoly of trade at
Bandar 'Abbas. With reference to a discussion which had now been
carried on for several years without any conclusion being reached, the
Presidency declared their own preference for peaceable negotiations over
hostilities, in seeking an arrangement with Persia. In 1677 the Company's
CoUrt, probably on this advice, relinquished the idea of forcible action; but
trade continued to languish ; and in 1680 the question of abandoning the
Bandar 'Abbas Factory was considered. In 1681 hopes of improvement were
raised by the success of Mr. Pettit, the Agent of the Company in Persia,
in obtaining some satisfaction in regard to the Bandar 'Abbas customs,
but in 1682 they were shown to be illusive. The debts due to the
Company in Persia now amounted to £1,000,000.
It was at length decided in 1682 to adopt a more spirited policy, anda
letter of retnonstrance was written by the Company's Court in England
to the Shah, the effect of which, it was intended^ should be seconded b/ - a
naval demonstration off the Persian Coast; but execution of this last
measure was apparently deferred by events in other quarters. In ]683
the Company fitted out the " Charles the Second, " a powerful ship of 60
or 70 guns; and her commander. Sir Thomas Grantham, was authorised
to procure, by two successive seizures of Persian shipping, payment in
Persia,
1674-82.
Abortive
expedition
of Sir T.
Grantham
to Bandar
Abbas,
1683-84.

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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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