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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎154] (297/1782)

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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Ambassador, but no steps were taken to have these treaties renewed-
nor was anything done towards establishing or re-ebtablishicg- French
spttleinents at Isfahan, at Shiraz, and 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. , or toward
acquiring the island oi: Kharag for France,—measures which it seems
clear that M. Olivier had at least revolved in his mind. M. Olivier*
explains that his colleague and he deliberately abstained from raising
these questions on account of the unfavourable impression that they haa
formed of Persia as a state; but the fact that the t presents for
the Persian Court had not arrived when they were needed, and the
further fact that MM. Bruguiere and Olivier had not apparently any
audience of Agha Muhammad Khan himself, suggest that there may
have been other reasons I also for the negotiations ending where they
did.
'Ihe British Resident at Basrah had early information, probably
from the British Consul at Aleppo, of the presence of MM. Bruguiere
and Olivier at the latter place in the beginning of 179(3, and he reported to
the Government of Bombay that the intention of these gentlemen appeared
to be " to penetrate in the assumed character of naturalists and botanists by
the way of Baghdad through Persia into India." Accordingly on the let
of July 1796 Mr. Jonathan Duncan, the Governor of Bombay, wrote to
Mr. Hankey Smith,- the British Resident at Bushehr, ordering him to
co-operate with the Company's representatives at Basrah in tracing the
movements of MM. Bruguiere and Olivier and, if possible, in arresting
them and forwarding them to Bombay along with their papers. That
* See his Voyage, Vol. Ill, pages 88-89.
t The presents consisted of jewels, which should have followed the mission from
Constantinople, being sent as far as Baghdad in the charge of an Indian nobleman, and
beyond it under arrangements to be made by the French CoiaiDissioner for ComtnerciAl
relations there.
X See also a footnote in Kaye's History of the War in Afifhanistcin (II. 44 45)i
which presumably refers to the mission of MM. Bruguiere and Olivier. The author
states, apparently on the authority of Sir J. Malcolm, that the objects of the mission
were (1) to induce Agha Muhammad Khan to seize Baghdad and Basrah, (2) to
persuade him to help Tipu Sultan against the British, and (3) to obtain his consent t
tho re-settlement of the French at Bandar Abbas; and he attributes its failure
chiefly to the non-diplomatic character of the agents to whom it was entrusted. M.
Olivier was a very intelligent man and a deserving public servant, but it must be
admitted that his arrival at Tehran without, euikolilu and sufficient presents betrayed
the political novice.

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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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