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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎258] (401/1782)

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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Colonel
Pellj s
Toports on
politico-
commercial
questions,
1866-69.
eir own business. Perhaps, howover, an officer who had been trained in a good scliool
for general administration would be preferable to a mere diplomatist or a pure
for the former is, perhaps, a little too prone to fancy work done when he t
last polish to his despatch; and the latter, perhaps, occasionally forgets that
Jjaw and the Habeas Corpus Act cannot co-exist^in one and the same jurisdiction.
It Joes not appear that Colonel Felly's suggestions, ingenious and
well tliougbt out though they were in many respects, were taken into
serious consideration^by superior authority. If they had been, the whole
subsequent history 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. might have followed a different
course.
Colonel Pelly was also the author of a series of striking reports on the
trade 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. in its political aspects, two interesting extracts
from which follow below :—
Letter No. 55, dated the 12th May 1866.
1. It is agreeable to me to submit that all is quiet in the Gulf as usual and trade
seems thriving.
2. Nevertheless, at the hazard of being held disproportionately to intrude my local
chaige on the imperial care of Government, I would venture most respectfully to sulmit
that these regions cannot with safety be any longer regarded as they were in wars
gone past. When your interests here were first represented, your frontier was tehind
Sinde and the Punjab ; the influences of European Government had scarcely slown
themselves in Central Asia ; stegm was unknown ; and our trade was by native crafioa
our coasts, or between these and England by our own square-rigged vessels. You
interests here were considered from this point of view, nor did any radical change in
this view have jplace, unless for the suppression of piracy, by the detachment of a
squadron of the Indian Navy.
3. When I arrived in the Gulf in November 1862, the Government summarized its
estimate of its interest in the following paragraph, thus evincing a desire to curtail and
withdraw, rather than to extend, in this direction ; and this apparently on economic
grounds ; — ,c It appears to His Excellency the Governor in Council that British interests
"on the Persian shores of the Gulf will be amply represented by the appointment of
"a Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. ^at Bushire with Consular powers, in lieu of a Resident and Assistant
Resident. The reduction of the Indian Naval Establishments in the Gulf will relieve
"the Political Officer stationed at Bushire of most part of his duties as a disbursing
"officer, and the post of,Treasurer 4 to 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. (Rs, 120 per mensem) can be abolis-
"bed, the Accountant being entrusted with the reduced duties in addition to his own."
4. Yet events have shown that precisely from that period our interests in the Gulf
liue have taken an unexpected and unprecedentea
start. Trade, which in 1846 was represented in
the gross by somewhat under half a nUh on
sterling, is now upwards of five mtlbons, The
Resident, whose duties were assumed to be limited
to British interests on the Persian shores o. tlie
Gulf, has been shown to find his heavier ^
most responsible duties on the Arab Coast.
£
To and from Bombay, Madras and
,. Calc 5 tt ^ T) , 3,000.000
lo and from Batavia, Singapore
and Mauritius i kaa / w *
Jo and from Knrrachi and Bed Sea, ' '
etc - 500,000
Orand total . 5,000,000
most responsible duties on tne Arau
abohtion of the Assistant Residentship.has entailed on the Resident those travels which

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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)
Arrangement

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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