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‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for the year 1875-76’ [‎44v] (83/102)

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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74 administration report of the persian gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. political 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.
Part IV.
ADMINISTRATION REPORT OP 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.
A t the commencement of the official year 1875-76 the political
Political. situation of Oman was not favorable for
peace and prosperity, and the prospects of
His Highness Syud Toorkee being" able to consolidate his position
were perhaps less promising than at any former period of his rule. The
country was in an unsettled state throughout, and the districts or valley
of Semail was in particular very disturbed, the rival Hinawi and
Ghaffiree clans inhabiting it being almost in open hostility. All the
Ghaffirees in the Province of Oman were preparing to engage in the
contest, and the Hinawis of El Sharkiyeh were also quite ready to
come to the assistance of their partizans at Semail, and were only held
in check by the Beni Bu Ali and other Ghaffirees in Jaalan. In the
north-vyest the hostilities and animosities that had been goino- on for
some time previous in El Shemal had by this time spread over"El Jow
and a great part of El Dhahireh and the Naim tribe at El Berevmi
were expecting to be attacked by a large force of the Beni Yas. The
general complication and danger to peace was moreover being increased
by the intrigues and sedition of the Metowasin El Sharkiyeh, who were
endeavouring to foment disaffection and cause a rising against His
Highness authority.
Repeated endeavours had been made by the well-disposed to effect
an amicable adjustment of the Semail difficulty through the mediation,
nnp n ~ e \ 0 T f ^ e ^ 0vva Mahomed El Gharibee, and subse-
quently by the Bu Hassan and El Hejrieen Sheikhs. Syud Hillal-
nrovprWnt 11 r red to arran ? e a pacification, but all these efforts
out nnrl n ^ an( l at the latter end of May hostilities broke
of twpnfv^ 1 I 11 Hinawis were defeated with a loss
place howpvM' 0 * ^ woun ^ e( '- No further collisions took
finally adjuste^ 11 1U month the quarrel was fortunately
between His J' 1 ser ^ ous m isunderstandings had arisen
wSrat Lt tir SS S ^ d T r ke eand the Bu Hassan tHbe, a party of
apparent cause 0 T ^ Soh force ^"soning Muscat. The
claimsfor m^ey and mov the tribe that certaifl
satisfied by His Hip-hn!! lslons been disregarded and left un-
put themselves in oi^n ^ ^ mat ters went so far that they at length
threatened to plunder the^own 011 4° HlS Highne / S S ^ ud Toorkee an(1
by His Highness to brino- themV^ ™ easures unfortunately were taken
and on the nio-ht of tlL i^+i or ma ke terms with them,
left his palace and took iv.P ' 1 , ^hness fearing the consequences,
The following day Svud A^ 0n i b ? rd a ^chantman in the harbour!
Sultan to arrange terms win ' li ee . z having been authorized by the
returned to obedience, an 1 tL a S d make concessions, they
Position. Most of the disafiWf^i 1 ^ mess Syud Toorkee resumed his
country, and a garrison of onf? T ? Were then 8eilt b! >c k t 0 their
Ol one hundred and fifty of the Bu Hassan and

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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)
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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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