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‘Administration report of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for 1888-89.’ [‎52v] (13/60)

The record is made up of 1 volume (29 folios). It was created in 1889. 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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ADMINISTRATION REPOET OF THE PERSIAN GULP POLITICAL
&c., for the improvement of roads, commerce, &c., was posted at the principal
telegraph stations. The effects of this measure are not yet palpable, but, owing
chiefly to increased intercourse with Europeans and interchange of ideas with
them, there is a gradual amelioration of the condition of the people in progress,
and the Royal Proclamation* is a sign of the times
* Appendix B. ^ a j] e y eil ts 5 and may yet bear fruit.
63. The French Government have established a Vice-Consulate at Bushj^e,
and M. Piat has been nominated to fill the post.
64. The Dutch Government have decided to withdraw their Consulate
from Bushire.
65. Exportation of grain from Persian ports was prohibited from 5th
December 1888 by notification from Tehran.
66. In March a British merchant steamer, the Transition, got aground off
the island of Kais, and much trouble was experienced from the rapacity of
the Governor of Charak and Kais. H. M.'s S. Kingfisher proceeded to the
spot and rendered timely assistance. The Transition floated undamaged and
proceeded on her voyage, but the conduct of the Persian Governor of Charak
will become the subject of discussion. \
67. In several districts of Ears an epidemic disease of a severe type has
destroyed large numbers of the cattle; in some places, it is said, nine-tenths of
the oxen and cows died, causing much distress.
68. Mirza Mohammed Ali, who was formerly Eoreign Office Agent at
Bunder Abbas, was appointed Deputy Governor of Lingah. The Persian
troops were withdrawn from that tow r n and the Arab Shaikh Kadheeb, formerly
Deputy Governor, was sent in chains to Tehran from Bushire.
69. A disturbance occurred in Lar between a body of Kashkais and
inhabitants of Lar, in which affair many lives were lost on both sides.
70. Shaikh Ibrahim, who was formerly Chief of Kishm, and who was
taken to Tehran as a prisoner, has been released and allowed to return to
Kishm.
71. Mohammed Hasan Beg was re-appointed Deputy Governor of Bnnder
Abbas, and the Persian troops have been mostly withdrawn from that place,
as well as from Lingah.
72. Captain Tate, Bengal Cavalry, was deputed by the Government of
India to buy mules and donkeys in Persia, and visited Shiraz and Ispahan. At
the latter place he succeeded in purchasing over three hundred animals of a
suitable kind, and at moderate prices.
7.—PERSIAN ARABISTAN.
73. In the month of October 1888 the Persian Government intimated to
Her Majesty's Minister at the Court of Persia that His Majesty the Shah had
decided to open the river Karun as far as Ahwaz to the commerce of the world.
Appendix c. under certain regulations and conditions, which
would be intimated and published later on. A
translation of these rules will be found appended.
74. Simultaneously with the above intimation, orders were despatched to
the Governor of Arabistan, the Nizam-es-Saltanah, to allow the passage of
commercial steamers and sailing vessels of all friendly powers between
Mohammerah and Ahwaz. Above Ahwaz the right of navigation was reserved
to the Persian Government,
75. A steam-launch, belonging to Messrs. Gray, Mackenzie & Co., was
' i m w < r iatdy des P atclled f rom Busrah to Ahwaz, as pioneer, and to estah-
is i ie right of way; and Messrs. Lynch & Co.'s river steamer Blosse LynGh

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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. (no 265, Foreign Department serial no 25) for the year 1888-89, published by Authority and printed by the Superintendent of Government Printing, Calcutta [Kolkata]. A copy of a letter from 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. and Her Britannic Majesty’s Consul-General for Fars, to Henry Mortimer Durand, Secretary to the Government of India (Foreign Department), dated 21 June 1889, is included in the report (folio 48), the original of which submitted the report to Government, under the following headings:

Part 1 ( General Summary ), submitted by Ross and dated 21 June 1889 (folios 49-57), containing numbered summaries of local political affairs, and incidents or events of particular note for: 1) Oman and Muscat state; 2) Oman pirate coast, including Ras-el-Khaimah [Ra’s al-Khaymah], Umm-el-Kawain [Umm al-Qaywayn], ’Ajman, Shargah, Debaye [Dubai], and Abu-Dhabbi [Abu Dhabi]; 3) El-Bahrain; 4) El-Katr [Qatar]; 5) Nejd and El-Hasa [Al-Hasa]; 6) Fars and the Persian Coast; 7) Persian Arabistan; and 8) Persian Baluchistan. Summaries of official appointments, naval movements, slave trade activity and climatic observations taken at the observatory at Bushire conclude the report. Appendix A is entitled ‘Notes on the “Ibn Rasheed” family of Jebel Shammer, and present position of Mohammed “Ibn Rasheed”’, with a genealogical table of the Rasheed dynasty. Appendix B is a translation of the Shah of Persia’s proclamation of 1888. Appendix C is a copy of the regulations for the navigation of the river Karun. Appendix D contains tabulated meteorological data for the year, supplied by the Bushire observatory.

Part 2 ( Annual Report of the Muscat Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. and Consulate for the Year 1888-89 ), submitted by Lieutenant Wallace Stratton, 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, containing a summary of affairs at Muscat (folios 58-59), under the headings: political affairs, official changes, and slave trade.

Part 3 ( Report on the Trade of South Persia and Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the Year 1888 ), submitted by Ross (folios 60-69). The report comprises a short summary of the year’s trade, with notes on: produce, including grain, opium, tobacco, gum and wool; steamers and freights; imports, including cotton goods, copper, loaf sugar, and petroleum; banking agencies; the opening of the river Karun to navigation; and the pearl fisheries. Appendix A comprises tabulated data on import, exports and revenue, in the Gulf ports and towns of Bushire, Shiraz, Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh], Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās], Bahrain and the Arab coast. An index to the trade tables can be found at folio 61v.

Part 4 ( Muscat trade report for the year 1888-89 ), submitted by Stratton and dated 17 May 1889 (folios 70-75), comprising a brief summary of the year’s trade at Muscat, and also 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 (29 folios)
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The report is arranged into four numbered parts, with lettered appendices containing further reports and statistical data following each part. The General Summary is further organised into numbered sections, and further divided into paragraphs which are also numbered, from 1 to 102.

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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 48, and ends on the last folio, on number 75.

Pagination: The volume contains an original typed pagination sequence.

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