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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎93] (236/1782)

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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they had required wae hie " opinion of any flace of security in the Gulph
he might judge proper ; " and, as the constant changes and confusion at
Bandar 'Abbas prevented their forming an opinion of their own on the
subject, they invested him and his Council with discretion in the matter
of removal, subject to the condition that, if it were undertaken, all the
treasure, copper, wool, etc., then at Bandar 'Abbas should be returned
to Bombay along with the artillery and garrison, except the sepoys, and
that one " covenant servant " and the Linguist should remain behind to
receive the wool investment. It was explained to the Agent that no
scheme involving expenditure could be adopted without the sanction of
the Company's Court at home, and that no hostile action could be taken
against the Persians during the continuance of the war with France;
but the Agent was to favour the President and Council with his " clear
and explicit sentiments " in regard to the whole situation. It was added
in the Presidency letter: "We still think a House with a servant at
" Gombroon will be necessary in order to preserve a communication
u with Carmania, and also to keep open an intercourse with the Caravans
that may come from the Interior Provinces of Persia."" About the
beginning of April 1761, soon after these orders reached Bandar 'Abbas,
the Agent, Mr. Alexander Douglas, proceeded to Basrah intending to view
by the way all the islands in tk a Gulf which might seem suitable for
a settlement, and on his return journey he visited Bushehr and had an
interview with the local Shaikh ; but he was slow in submitting his
opinion, and at the end of the year the Presidency found it necessary to
remind him that they " impatiently expect his sentiments about removing
from Gombroon."
Mr. Douglas's opinion, when it was received at the beginning of 1762,
was that trial should be made of Bushehr, to which place he advised that
a covenant servant should be sent ; the port was secure, being surrounded
on three sides by the sea and on the fourth by a wall mounted with
serviceable artillery; it was full of inland merchants, who seemed to
enjoy complete liberty of trade; and the Shaikh, with whom alone it
would be necessary to deal, bore an excellent character and was anxious
for the presence of a British Factory. A polite letter from the Shaikh to
the Governor of Bombay was enclosed, explaining that Bushehr was
now the principal port for the interior of Persia, the communications with
which were safe, and that there was a trade with both coasts of the
Gulf ; and the Shaikh promised, though the Presidency did not consider
his assurance sufficiently explicit until it had been repeated, that the
goods of the Company and those of their servants should be exempt from
customs duty. In regard to the islands other than those near Bandar
1762.

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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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