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‘Administration report of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for 1888-89.’ [‎55v] (19/60)

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 EEPORT OF THE PERSIAN GULT' POLITICAL
APPENDIX B TO PART I.
eoyal proclamation.
Forasmuch as Almighty God has endowed our blessed nature with the attributes of
justice and benigaity and ordained us the manifestor of his ordinances and power, and has
especially committed to our all sufficient guardianship the lives and property of the subjects of
the divinely-guarded Empire of Iran; in gratitude for this great gift, we consider it incumbent
on us, in discharge of the duties it imposes on us, to relax nothing in ensuring to the people of
this kingdom the enjoyment of their rights and the preservation of their lives and property
from molestation of oppressors, and to spare no efforts to the end that the people, secure in
their persons and property, shall, in perfect ease and tranquillity, employ themselves in affairs
conducive to the spread of civilization and stability.
Therefore, for the information and re-assurance of all the subjects and people of this
kingdom generally, we do proclaim that all our subjects are free and independent as regards
their persons and property; it is our will and pleasure that they should, without fear or doubt,
employ their capital in whatever manner they please, and engage in any enterprises, such as
combination of funds, formation of companies for the construction of factories and roads, or in
any measures for the promotion of civilization and security. The care of that is taken on our
selves; and no one has the right or power to interfere with, or lay hands on, the property of
Persian subjects, nor to molest their persons or property, nor to punish Persian subjects except
in giving effect to decrees of the civil or religious law.
Month of Ramazan 1305 A.H.
APPENDIX C TO PART I.
regulations for the navigation of the river karun.
The Persian Government, in order to facilitate commerce, increase the wealth of the
country and render her lands profitable, has opened the River Karun, subject to the following
regulations, and has allowed the navigation from Mohammerah to Ahwaz by the mercantile
marine of all nations. The vessels navigating the Karun will carry out the regulations of the
Government, which regulations shall hold good for ten years without fail, after which they will
be modified according to the exigencies of circumstances—
1. The commercial steamers of merchants of friendly Governments must not remain at
the landing-places or in the river longer than necessary for the purpose of loading, unloading
and provisioning themselves for the journey.
2. Persons whose presence is detrimental to order, and who would cause difficulties by
their presence, should not be taken on board the vessels; whoever comes should be provided
with a passport from his own Government; otherwise, if any one arrives without a passport, it
is impossible to und erstand what his business may be.
3. Under no pretext whatsoever will any vessel have the right to protect any Persian
subject in any way.
4. The transport of arms is absolutely prohibited, and if this rule is disregarded, the arms
will be seized,
5. No explosive goods whatsoever shall be transported.
6. Ship-owners shall not erect any buildings whatsoever, such as coal depots, warehouses,
shops, caravan-serais or manufactories, &c., on the banks of the river.
7. For the storage of merchandise and coal, depots and warehouses, as well as landing-
places in sufficient quantity will be constructed on the part of the Persian Government or
Persian merchants.
^8. Ordinary reasonable rates to be paid by the ship-owners will be fixed for the hire of the
depots and warehouses.
9. The store-keepers of the coal stores shall be Persian subjects.
10. The ships shall not proceed higher than Ahwaz.
ii V' merc ^ ian ^ se depots a trustworthy man shall be chosen in Persia, and another
shall be chosen on the part of the whole of the ship-owners; together, they shall look after the
depots.
12. The watchmen of the depots, such as guards, &c., shall all be appointed by the
Persian Government.

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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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