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‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for the year 1875-76’ [‎45r] (84/102)

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.
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Ai Wahibeh formed to protect Muscat. Towards the end of June a
disagreement occurred between His Highness Syud 1 oorkee and his
brother, Abdool Azeez, regarding the Customs farm and the conduct
of His Highness' favourite dependent, a man named Mesh, which after
some discussion resulted in the temporary dismissal of the latter from
Muscat.
In July a body of about five hundred of the Al Wahibeh under
Sheikh Hamood bin Said arrived at Muttrah, and having been admitted
as friends into Muscat, took advantage of His Highness' position and the
state of affairs to extort money and to impose hard conditions to which
His Highness was compelled to yield. Partly in consequence of this
affair His Highness Syud Toorkee and Abdool Azeez again became
estranged and distrustful of each other.
On the 10th August a fresh disagreement took place between His
Highness Syud Toorkee and Syud Abdool Azeez regarding the guards
in "the two" forts at Muscat, and the estrangement eventually became so
complete that His Highness determined on taking over the entire
control of affairs himself and dispensing with the assistance ot his bro
ther altogether. His Highness, however, very soon found himself unable
to carry on the government alone, and made a final resolve to retire trom
power in favour of his brother. On the 15th August His Highness
Svud Toorkee, after a fresh demonstration of the Bedouins against his
authority, betook himself on board the Rehmani corvette and appointed
Syud Abdool Azeez to act as regent during His Highness absence, it
being his intention to retire to Gwadur. Syud Abdool Azeez ace . -
ingly assumed charge of the government, and His Highness Sy
Toorkee having embarked on board Her Majesty s Rifleman left M^t
on the 21st August for Gwadur. The corvette Re/mam following
after with His Highness' family.
Syud Abdool Azeez in taking up the government ^ !? reat ^
embarrassed in his finances, having no ® in , ? n t / sorae
source of revenue being the Custom-house. I « ac
difficulty in getting rid o£ the large body ot Bedou.ns who had b y th s
time collected in Muscat to the number of about
Highness was however aided in this by Sheikh aei in ' assist him
who had arrived at Muscat and entered into an arrangement to assist
in the government. . . • 4.i •,
Most of the Hinawi tribes in the country Jl ad ^Jtood^lmost
promise to support His Highness' authority, bu ® ' wi ascendancy, and
everywhere aloof. They were jealous ot the Hinawi
doubtless dreaded lest they should experience „ years before
and hostility from Syud Abdool Azeez
at the hands of Syud Azan bin Kais. pabals an
to take place accordingly among the Ghaffiree tribes toi some ,
nothing resulted therefrom. T ?1.
In September Sheikh Saleh bin All left ^half of Syud
Sharkiyeh, which province he engage o . ^ partly due
Abdool Azeez. The cause of Sheikh Saleh ^ ^tirment wa ^
to a growing ill-feeling and jealousy e . w j 0 f gyud Hilal.
Sheiks, but the step was in opposition to the cou

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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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