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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎426] (569/1782)

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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Migsion
Mehdi 'Ali
Khan and
First Agree
ment with
Britain,
1798.
426
Frenchmen residing at Masqat; if there were, he was anthorieod to
offer the governor of the port from Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 3,000 for the
surrender of each with his papers ; but, in the case of M. de Corches or
of the Abbe de Beauchamp, who was stated to have been sent as French
Resident to Mauritius, or of Mr. Humphries, "an Englishman of notorious
character/"' who was to have accompanied M. de Corches, the amount
might be raised to Rs. 8,000. No Frenchmen were found at Masqat,
however ; and Saiyid Sultan, in a friendly letter to the Governor of
Bombay, denied the presence of any. In 1797 a request by the
Company's broker Often a local commercial agent in the Gulf who regularly performed duties of intelligence gathering and political representation. (Narotam Ram Chandar Raoji) to be allowed to
import salt into Bengal was refused, but he was granted instead a
salary of Ks. 100 a month. At the same time he was instructed to
present a letter from the Governor of Bombay to Saiyid Sultan and,
in conjunction with the Commander of one of the Company's ships,
to obtain from him an assurance that the vessels of the French, and
of the Dutch who were in alliance with them against Britain, would
be prevented from visiting Masqat under Arab colours,—a device to
which they had begun to resort and which made impossible their capture
by the British at sea.
In 179S the occupation of Egypt by a French army and
the suspected designs of Bonaparte in the East impelled the British
authorities in India to seek a closer understanding with the ruler
of Oman, as also with the other native powers in the Gulf. In
September 1798 Mirza Mehdi Ali Khan, a Persian gentleman of
good family who had been selected for the appointment of British
Resident at Bushehr, was depatched to the Gulf in the " Panther
he was instructed to ascertain at Masqat the real disposition of Saiyid
Sultan towards the French, to endeavour to dissuade him from assisting
them, and to report on the trustworthiness of the Company's broker Often a local commercial agent in the Gulf who regularly performed duties of intelligence gathering and political representation. ,
which had come under suspicion, in political matters ; he was further
to obtain, if he could, a concession for the establishment of a British
Factory at Masqat ; and he might promise, in case the Saiyid undertook
to exclude the French from 'Oman, that a surgeon would be sent him
from India. In the space of ten days, at an expenditure of only
Rs. /i,S20, Mirza Mehdi successfully discharged the greater part of
his commission ; for he obtained the execution by Saiyid Sultan, on
the 12th October 1798, of a Qaulnameh, or written agreement, securing
the main objects of British policy. By this document the ruler of
Oman bound himself always to take the part, in international matters,
of the British Government; to deny a commercial or other foothold
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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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