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‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Agency and Muscat Political Agency for the year 1883-84.’ [‎35v] (10/166)

The record is made up of 1 volume (87 folios). It was created in 1884. 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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ADMINISTEATION EEPOBT OP THE PERSIAN GULF The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. POLITICAL
35 In the month of December died also the " Mnshir-nl-Mnlk/' who in former times
was the all-powerful Wazeer of Fars. During his adunmstra ion the Mushjr acqmred enormous
was tne an [ l r | j pcfafps He spent lar^e sums in building bndffes and
wealth ^^-"T'^lTBuThle Mushir-S -Mufk were
rr=::^it i S commonly said that e.eitemeot eaused by the weleome news of his
rival's death hastened the death of the Kowwam.
36 In August it was reported from Shiraz that some Indian pilgrims had been plundered
by highway robbers near Dehbeed. The Government of Shiraz disavowed responsibility the
district being beyond the limits of Ears, and the matter was referred to His 1 oyal Highness
the Zil-es-Sultan, with what result is not known.
37. A few other cases of highway robbery occurred near Shiiaz.
38. Small-pox raged with great virulence in Shiraz during the autumn.
39. Mr. J. R. Preece, Assistant Superintendent of the English Government telegraph,
examined the route from Shiraz to Bunder Abbass and Jask in February, in view to the
possible construction of a line of telegraph between those places.
40. A French engineer surveved the Shiraz-Firozabad-Bushire route in connection with
a project for construction of a line of railway between the Caspian Sea and the 1 ersian Gulf.
41. Buskire. Mirza Mohammed Hoosain Khan, son of the Sahib Diwan, was appointed
Governor of Bushire in succession to the Naseer- ul-Mulk, and arrived in June.
42. The wealthiest Persian merchant of Bushire, Haji Baba, died in May, and his grand
son and heir, Haji Mohammed Mehdi, received the titles of Malek-ut-Toojar and Rais-ut-Toojar.
43. In January Mirza Mohammed Hoosain Khan, Governor of Bushire, was summoned
to Shiraz in view to his accompanying His Royal Highness the Zil-es-Sultau to Teheran. Haji
Fazl Ali Khan, son-in-law of Mohammed Hoosain Khan, was sent to act as Deputy
Governor of Bushire.
44. In April the period during which exportation of grain was allowed was extended, and
the interdict was re-imposed in August. In February it was again removed for a period of
four months.
LING AH AND BUNDER ABBASS.
45. The revenues of Lingah and Bunder Abbas were managed respectively by Shaikh
Yoosuf and Mohammed Hasan-bin-Nasir, both of whom act as Deputies for Mohammed
Hasan Khan, the Ameen-es-Sultan's agent.
COAST BETWEEN BUSHIRE AND LINGAH.
46. Shaikh Hassan-bin Mazkoor, son of the Khan of Kongoon, who was executed at Shiraz
by the Motemir-ed-Dowlah, has fled to Bahrain. In April 1883 he landed at Tahri and caused
considerable disturbances in the Gillahdar and adjacent districts, and Fath Ali Khan
Gerrashee, Governor of Lar, was ordered to act against him. Some Persian infantry and
a body of Baharloo Irregular Cavalry accordingly proceeded to those districts. Hasan-bin-
Mazkoor, however, fled and escaped. Subsequently, further disturbances occurred in Gillahdar
and Gaobandee from the people refusing to receive a new governor, named Naib Ibrahim Khan,
one Ahmed-bin-Saif being the ringleader.
47. Naib Ibrahim having proceeded to Jam with a force of sowars and infantry to
suppress a revolt there, serious resistance was made by the people of Jam, and in the affray
several of the Baharloo sowars were killed. On this the Persian infantry and the sowars
plundered Jam. Subsequently some thirty or forty men of Jam were seized as being guilty of
the blood of the Baharloo sowars, and made over bound to the Baharloos, by whom they were
of Jam 1 " 6068 ' A laige <1Uantlty of eameIs ' she «p. and donkeys, &o., were taken from the people
48. A severe earthquake occurred on l«th October on the Persian coast which was felt at
us ire, ongoon, Asloo, Tahri, &c. Much damage was done at Kongoon and other coast
villages, where shocks continued to be felt until October 21th,
6.—PERSIAN ARABISTAN.
49. This province is one of those under the supreme rule of His Koyal Highness the Zil-
es-Sultan, whose Deputy the TbH^om ^ q u i ,, uie zai-
I y, Ihtisham-es-Saltanah, usually resides at Dizful, which is also

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Administration Report on 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 the year 1883-84, 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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , published by Authority by the Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta [Kolkata]. A copy of a letter from Ross to Charles Grant, Secretary to the Government of India (Foreign Department), dated 17 July 1884, is included in the report (folio 33), the original of which submitted the report to Government, under the following headings:

Part 1 ( General Report ), written by Ross (folios 34-39), containing summaries of local political affairs, and incidents or events of particular note for: Oman and the Pirate Coast; Bahrain; Nejd, El-Hasa [Al-Hasa] and El-Katr [Qatar]; Fars, including Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh] and Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās], and the coast between Bushire and Bandar-e Lengeh; Persian Arabistan; Persian Beloochistan [Baluchistan] and Gwadur; and Bassidore. The report also contains summaries of changes in official personnel (referred to as political establishment); British naval movements in the Gulf; and a summary of meteorological events observed at the Bushire observatory. Appendix A contains tabulated and graphical meteorological data for the year, supplied by the Bushire observatory.

Part 2 ( Administration Report of the Muscat Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. for the year 1883-84 ), submitted 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, dated 9 June 1884 (folios 40-50), containing a summary of affairs at Muscat, including raids and fighting around Muscat in October 1884, between rebel forces and those allied to the Sultan of Muscat. The report also records changes to British official personnel at Muscat, and notes recent shipwrecks on the Muscat coast. Appendix A is a biographical sketch, written by Miles, of Sayyid Sa'eed-bin-Sultan, the Imam of Muscat.

Part 3 ( Report on Trade for the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for 1883 , folios 50-105), comprising a short summary of the year’s trade, and followed by two appendices, labelled A and B, but arranged in reverse order: B) Supplementary notes on the care and culture of date trees and fruit, written by A. R. Hakim, Assistant to 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. ; A) tabulated data on trade, including data on imports and exports into and out of the Gulf ports of Bushire, Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh], Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās], Bahrain and the Arab (Oman) coast. An index to the trade tables can be found at folios 53-54.

Part 4 (

[at Muscat]), submitted by Miles, dated 9 June 1884 (folios 105-12), comprising a short summary of the year’s trade at Muscat, and an appendix containing tabulated data on imports and exports at Muscat (listed by commodity), and the nationality and average tonnage of vessels visiting Muscat.

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1 volume (87 folios)
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The report is arranged into four numbered parts, with lettered appendices containing further reports and statistical data after each. Two appendices following part two of the report are labelled in reverse order (B then A, instead of A then B).

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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 32, and ends on the last folio, on number 112.

Pagination: The volume contains an original typed pagination sequence.

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