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‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muskat Political Agency for the year 1879-80’ [‎292v] (15/161)

The record is made up of 1 volume (80 folios). It was created in 1880. 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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6 ADMINISTRATION REPORT 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. POLITICAL
the Chief of Bahrain^ and frequent communications passed. A Turkish
Government steamer soon after visited Poweyrat to enqire into the cause
of the migration.
The political status of the Katr Coast generally remains somewhat
undefined. El-Bida'a is recognized as a Turkish possession^ and the
Governor of El-Hasa on the occasion of his visit appointed Jasim-bin
Mohammed-Thani to be Wali of the township.
Shaikh Batye-bin-Khadim with his followers of the Kobeysat Beni-
Yas, who had fled from 'Odeyd to El-Bida'a, were invited to return to
Abu-Zhabbee by the Chief in January, and desired to do so. Shaikh
Jasim whilst not openly objecting put obstacles in the way ; and the
Kobeysat decamped secretly and. returned to Abu-Zhabbee.
5.— Southern Persia.
Arabisian. —-At the expiry of the Persian official year in March 1880,
Prince Hamza Mirza, Hishmat-ed-Doulah, was recalled to the capital, and
the Shales eldest son, the Zil-es-Sultan, is now entrusted with the Gov
ernment of Arabistan and the provinces previously under the Hishmat-
ed-Doulah in addition to Ispahan and its dependencies.
Haji Jabir Khan, Nusrut-ul-Moolk, Governor of Mohammerah, still
lingers in precarious health. The Felahiyah and other districts continue
generally in a state of disquietude. Shaikh Rahmah was, during the year,
ejected in favor of Shaikh Faris, but is again in charge of Felahiyah'
in a feeble and unpopular manner. It is expected that the death of Haji
Jabir Khan which may occur any day, will be the signal for general
anarchy in Persian Arabistan, for much of the real control of the various
districts centres in the aged Shaikh.
Pars.
His Royal Highness the Motemid-ed-Doulah has remained Govern
or-General of tars, and most of the subordinate Governors have retained
their posts. I he roads have been safe, but the autumn and spring rains
having again failed, very high prices prevail throughout the province.
Some disturbances occurred in the Deelam district, where Khan
Ali, who had been superseded by Abdullah Khan as Zabit, was said
to be refractory.
In Dashtee also some local disturbances broke out in connection
with the collection of revenue.
Shaikh Mazkoor Khan of Kongoon, who was last year reported in
revolt, was superseded in the government by Mohammed Ibrahim Beg.
After a good deal of petty warfare. Shaikh Mazkoor shut himself up in
the fort of Soorkh, and to conclude the story, was made prisoner in May
* He has since been strangled. 1 <S80, and. IS now on his way to Shiraz,
where he will probably be put to death.*
Relations with the local authorities at Shiraz, Bushire and Bunder
Abbass have been friendly and satisfactory.
6.— Bassidore.
The usual guard has been kept at Bassidore, which station is still
under the supervision of Assistant Surgeon Abder Raheem. That officer
has furnished me with a useful and interesting report on the salt caves

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Administration Report on 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. Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Muskat [Muscat] Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for 1879-80, published by Authority at the Foreign Department Press, India (Calcutta), and forming part of the Selections from the Records of the Government of India, Foreign Department (No. 171) and based on reports sent to Government 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 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. 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. The report is preceded by a copy of a letter sent by Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Charles Ross, 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 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. , to A. C. Lyall, Secretary to the Government of India, dated 30 June 1880, which enclosed the submission of the original reports to the Government of India (folios 290-91).

The report is divided up into a number of sections and subsections, as follows:

1. General Report for 1879-80 , prepared by Ross (folios 291-308), which is divided a number of small reports, organised by region, as follows: 1. ’Omán or Muskat State; 2. Pirate Coast; 3. El-Bahrain; 4. Nejd, El-Hasá [Al-Hasa] and El-Katr [Qatar]; 5. Southern Persia; and 6. Bassidore [Bāsa‘īdū]. The reports detail the state of local affairs in each region, including relations between tribes and rulers, disease, incidents of piracy, migrations. The report for Southern Persia contains a separate report for Fars. The report for Bassidore includes reports on: political appointments; royal naval activity, postal affairs; observatory activity; and administration of the trade in mules in Persia. Four appendices follow the report: A. List of Guttur (or El-Katr) [Qatar] ports and names of chiefs and main tribes; B. Terms of a mutual agreement entered into by the Trucial Chiefs of the Oman Coast through the medium of Hajee Abul Kassim, Moonshee, specially deputed on this service, and Hajee Abdur Rahman, Government Agent, Arab coast, dated 24 June 1879; C. tabulated meteorological data from the Bushire Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Observatory; D. Notes upon the breeding, treatment, etc., of the Persian mule, and upon Persia as a source of supply for mules, written by Lieutenant I MacIvor, Assistant 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 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. .

2. A Memoir on Nejd , prepared by Ross (folios 308-21), comprising an outline history of the Wahábees [Wahhābī] of Nejd and the Ál-Su’ood [Āl Sa‘ūd] Amirs, from 1691 to the present day, and a number of appendices: A. Genealogical of the Āl Sa‘ūd; B. List of principal districts and towns of Nejd; C. Tribes of Nejd; D. List of authorities and sources of information availed of in preparing Memoir of Nejd .

3. Report on trade for 1879, prepared by Ross, dated 26 May 1880 (folios 321-56), comprising a summary of the year’s harvest and trade; the Commercial Treaty; customs duty; assistance to vessels in distress; prohibition export of specie exceptions; notice of prohibition of export of produce; mercantile tribunals; protection of British subjects; introduction of industrial machinery and agricultural implements. Three appendices follow: A. Report on the salt caves and mines and the trade in salt 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. , written by the Assistant Surgeon, Abder Raheem, Bassidore, 20 March 1880; B. Tabulated list of productions [summer and winter agricultural planting) of Fars; C. Tabulated trade statistics, indicating the quantity and values of imports and exports in the region, lists of goods traded, and nationality and tonnage of trading vessels.

4. Administration report of the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , Muskat, for the year 1879-80 , prepared by Major Charles Grant, His 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, Muscat (folios 357-65), comprising: an overview of the political situation in Muscat, changes in British personnel at the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ; the slave trade; marine events; and trade. An appendix of tabulated trade statistics follows the report, detailing nationality and tonnage of vessels visiting Muscat, and lists of imports and exports.

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1 volume (80 folios)
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The report is arranged into a number of parts and sections, with tabulated statistical data directly following written sections. There is a contents page at the front of the report (folios 288-89), 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, on number 285 and ends on the last folio, on number 364.

Pagination: The volume contains an original typed pagination sequence.

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