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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎255] (398/1782)

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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be obviously, and apart even from'reasons of finance, it would be {sic) voi r
desirable that they should be under one and the same superintendence.
6tl).—-Which might become a colony, or rather the inoculation, with an atom of
civilized life, m the body of barbarism along the Arab coast, tending to expel
that diseased barbarism by the wholesome, healthful and slow, but natural,
means of introduced civilization. I think you would find such means more'
permanent, and in the long run more successful, both towards suppressing
piracy and slavery, than you will even find ships of war or menaces, etc., and
visits of state from your Resident.
7th. Which shall be as secure as practicable from political difficulties.
Sth. Which may afford us an indisputable title to the ground we occupy,
9th.—Which may be sufficiently healthy, possess good water, and means of supply.
10th.—Which may afford calm and sufficient anchorage.
Uth.—Which, in the event of war, should ,show us with :the key of the Gulf in
our hands.
My opinion is, that|some point near Cape Mussnndoom, under the Sultanate of our ally
of Muscat, is the spot which all considerations 4 indicate as that which should be our port,
our political Residence, our Central Telegraph station, our main Gulf Coal Depot, our
anti-slavery station, and onrjfulcrum of general influence over the Gulf, over the Pirate
Coast, over Western Mekran, and over the Muscat coast, climate being sufficiently
favourable.
Lieutenant Stiffe, I.N., just arrived at Bushire, assures me that such a point is find-
able just west of Mussundoom ; that a few weeks ago, when on telegraphic duty, he
visited a headland called, I think, Ras Sheikh, which slopes up in tongue-like shape to
the height of 1,000 feet, with good water and some cultivable ground at its base, with
ample and land-locked anchorage, leading to a narrow neck of land some 400 yards wide,
on the other side of which is a second inlet looking east of Mussundoom.
I consider such a position, if sufficiently healthy, would be the best possible for your
Gulf and Muscat Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , and the Political business of both might thenca be more
efficiently managed than either can be separately from Bushire and Muscat. At all
events, in the present conjuncture of your 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. affairs, it would be well, I think,
for Government to go to some little trouble and expense to test accurately the climates
around Cape Mussundoom during the approaching hot season. And I am sure I am
ready to aid personally in the experiment.
Finally, if the plan now pointed afc be adopted, I should consider we did not lose
much at Bushire, commercially, and when the Gulf and Tigris line shall be fully deve
loped Bushire should not drain much trade beyond the arrondissement of Shiraz,
Politically, it forms part of the charge of Her Majesty's Mission at Tehran, and I do
not think that,Government in the least gains much by having the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the
town of Bushire, where there is little of real importance to transact, and where sub
ordinates gossip and have likings and dislikings, and these come to injure the Govern
ment business in the long run.
The Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire might be sold or disposed of, as Government please. All
that would be lost would be some little personal conveniences to the Resident and his
establishment, and the possibility of retreat to the neighbouring hills.
The immediate gains are, I think, obvious on reading the scheme, map in hand
What the future gains might be would become manifest should a crisis ever occur in our
Red Sea line of communications.

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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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