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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎121] (264/1782)

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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" of the situation of affairs at Gombroon ; without paying 1 a just compli-
a ment to the great prudence and sagacity of the English and Dutch
" factories established there, who amidst all the shocks and convulsions
u of a civil war among the Persians, have met with little or no interrup-
" tion in their trade from any of the contending parties ; it being a
" maxim with them, to side openly with none of the competitors, and
" ^ the same time to keep well with all: for this end, civil letters,
"and sometimes presents, have been thought indispensably necessary."
The Kirman Wool investment of 1760 amounted to 3,000 maunds, of 1760
which 2,820 maunds were red, 135 white, and 45 grey ; the last quality
the Agent and Council at Bandar Abbas proposed to sell locally for
what it would fetch. Disturbances in Khurasan affected the trade of
the Company, and much less business was done in this year than had
been anticipated. Wool and copper were still the chief commodities in
the export trade.
In 1761 the commercial horizon was overcast. Great oppression 1761.
was exercised in Kirman by Karim Khan's governor, and a contribution
of 30,000 Tumans was demanded from the province which was found
wheu it came to be distributed, to be equal to seven times the ordinary
annual revenue. The Linguist who represented the Company in Kirman
was included in the governor's exactions, and he was informed by his superi-
ors that, if after despatching the annual wool investment he saw no
prospect of remaining u in any degree of security/''he might return to
Bandar 'Abbas. The Linguist seems accordingly to have collected the
wool investment of about 3,000 maunds, after which he obtained per
mission from the governor to leave Kirman. There was little sale for
woollen goods at Bandar 'Abbas in this year ; and the Agent and Coun
cil reported that " the Kingdom seemed to go very fast unto Ruin, the
" Great Men paying no regard to the Subject, but only the gratifying
"their Soldiers and Dependents; and they much feared the Ruin of
" Trade would be the consequence." The Bombay Presidency desired
that, as old copper was now very low, none should be sent them, and that
remittances should be made in gold or silver.
Stagnation, due to the same causes, continued in 176^, The total 1762.
value of the sales at Bandar 'Abbas from August 1761 to August 1762,
during which time few traders from the interior visited the place, was
only Rs. 36,020. This was due largely to the state of affairs in Kirman,
where Multani merchants dealing largely in woollens had formerly resided
and carried on a trade with Mashhad and Qandahar ; but they had now
been discouraged by the exactions practised on them, their goods from
Bandar 'Abbas being habitually seized by the local authorities at arbitrary
rices, and had ceased to trade.

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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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