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‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for the year 1875-76’ [‎9r] (12/102)

The record is made up of 1 volume (48 folios). It was created in 1876. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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and muscat political agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. for the year 1875-76. 3
This situation has caused some difficulty in tlie adjustment of old
standing 1 claims and counter-claims.
On the coast of El Katr (Guttur) there is a settlement of the Beni-
Yas at Khor Odeyd under Sheikh Baty bin Khadim. These settlers
seceded several years a^o from Ahu /^habi, and the (^hief of the lattci place
has ever since burned to attack Odeyd and reduce the settlers to submission
to his authority. Permission to proceed by sea has however been refused,
and the land route along the coast is impracticable. Last year it was
reported that hostilities were still going on by land between the rival
Chiefdoms. I am happy to state that during the past year the differences
have been arranged and peace established.
In the month of November I visited the Chiefs and made them
the customary presents in token of satisfaction with their behaviour.
A raid by Bedouins of the Beni Hajir A1 M or rah, Naeem and
Monaseer 'tribes residing in El Katr has recently occurred against
Omanees ; but the results are not serious.
Bahrein.
During the period under review Bahrein has enjoyed peace and
prosperity.
The improved aspect of affairs in Bahrein and its vicinity
has allowed us to dispense with the constant presence of vessels ot
war in those waters, but cruisers pay occasional visits as frequently
as convenient. From time to time an Assistant Resident has been
deputed to visit the islands in the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. steamer, and 1 paid an
official visit to the Chief during my tour in November.
The Chief brought to notice a correspondence with the Governor of
Busrah, the latter having brought forward certain demands on behalt
of inhabitants of El Katr (Guttur) against subjects of Bahrein, itie
Chief was recommended to reply in a fair and conciliatory tone.
No complaints have been received from British Indian subjects
residing in Bahrein, and the position of affairs seems on the whole more
satisfactory than it has been in previous years.
Nejd and El Katr (Guttur).
The general political situation as regards the relations of the Tur
kish Government with the family of the Native Chieftains is little
changed. A Turkish garrison occupies Lahsa where resides a Governor
on the part of Turkey, Mazeyyid, the son of Nasir Pasha An Ottoman title used after the names of certain provincial governors, high-ranking officials and military commanders. , the VV ullee ot
Busrah.
Since the death of Saood ibn Feysul, the elder brother, Abdullah,
has succeeded in obtaining his recognition by the other members ot tie
family as its head and representative. r ihe Arab tubes o ie m eno
excepting the A1 Ejman appears to concur.
Indemnity was recovered from the Arab Sheikh of El Bidaa foi pro
perty seized from a Bahrein boat at sea in 1874 by the Beni Haji
raiders.

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Administration report of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Muscat Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. for 1875-76, published by Authority at the Foreign Department Press, Calcutta [Kolkata], 1876, and forming part of the Selections from the Records of the Government of India, Foreign Department (no. 128). The administration report is based on reports sent by the 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. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Charles Ross) and the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Muscat to the Government of India. The report is preceded by a copy of a letter sent by Captain William Francis Prideaux, Officiating 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. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , to the Officiating Secretary to the Government of India, dated 5 July 1876, which enclosed the submission of the original reports to the Government of India (folio 8).

The report is organised in a number of sections and subsections, as follows:

Part 1: Administration Report for 1875-76 (folios 8-10) signed by Ross, dated 6 April 1876, and arranged under subheadings as follows: General; Petty Chiefdoms (Oman Coast); Bahrain [referred to as Bahrein throughout]; Nejd [Najd] and El Katr or Guttur [Qatar]; the Persian Coast; Bassidore [Bāsa‘īdū]; the Government of Fars and Shiraz; Establishments (political, medical, postal, naval), and the slave trade.

Part 2: Memorandum on the Governments and Districts of Fars for 1875-76 (folios 20-21), signed by Ross, dated April 1876, and arranged under subheadings as follows: I. Behbehan; II. Government of Bushire and districts; III. Government of Lar and Saba; IV. Government of Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās]; V. Government of Dārāb; VI. Government of Iklid and Ābādeh; a list of governments or districts and collectorates of Fars not included in the six principal governments; Eeliat or nomad tribes of Fars; a list of places on the coast of Persian from Mashoor to Bandar-e ʻAbbās; a number of lists of the coastal ports and villages under different rulers in the different districts in Fars; details of the distance and staging points on the routes from Moghoo to Lar, Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh] to Lar, Bandar-e ʻAbbās to Lar, and Ferozubad to Kerman through Fasa and Dārāb; a table of the revenue of Fars, supplied by Mirza Hassan Ali Khan, the Agent at Shiraz.

Part 3: Memorandum showing number of Returns accompanying the Trade Report of the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (folios 21-44): a series of twenty-seven statistical tables containing data on imports and exports in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ports of Bushire, Bandar-e Lengeh, Bahrain, and the Arab Coast. There is an index of the statistical tables on folio 21.

Part 4: Administration report of the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , Muscat, for the year 1875-76 (folios 44-46), prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles, Her Britannic Majesty’s Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and Consul at Muscat. The report is chiefly a summary of political events over the year in Muscat, with additional, brief summaries: on personnel changes at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. ; the slave trade; general trade, with figures for the value of trade exports and imports, expressed in dollars; climate; customs.

Part 5, prepared by Miles (folios 47-53) comprises six statistical tables containing trade data relating to Muscat: average tonnage of vessels entering and leaving the port of Muscat; imports and exports, listed by commodity; and contrasted statements on vessels and imported goods.

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1 volume (48 folios)
Arrangement

The report is arranged into five parts (I-V), each of which is subdivided into a number of smaller sections by headings and subheadings. There is a contents page at the front of the report (folios 6-7), which refers to the report’s internal pagination sequence.

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Foliation: There is a foliation sequence, which 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. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 5, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 53.

Pagination: The volume contains an original typed pagination sequence.

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