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‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for the years 1876-77.’ [‎9r] (16/125)

The record is made up of 57 folios. It was created in 1877. 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. tor the year 1876-77. 3
The vicinity of Odaid to the Turkish possessions on the Guttur Coast is
productive of some difficulty in obtaining 1 redress for those irreg-nlarities,
owing to a suspicion that any movement on the part of the British
authorities might have the effect of inducing the Chief to place himself
under the direct suzerainty of the Porte. There have, however, been
symptoms of late that the settlers themselves are tired of the unsatis
factory An East India Company trading post. position they hold, and the last accounts justify a hope that a
reconciliation will be effected between the seceding Sheikh and the
Chief of Abu Zhabi, who has always claimed Odaid as an integral portion
of his territory.
3—Bahrein.
6. These islands have enjoyed perfect tranquillity during the past
year. The balance of indemnity due to the sufferers by the attack on
Bahrein during the year 1869 has been paid up and settled.
7. A new pearl bank has been found north of the island, and
there is a general feeling that the efforts of the divers in this quarter
will result in pearls of very superior quality being discovered.
8. Fears have been entertained by the Chief that unless this loca
lity is carefully watched by the British men-of-war the confusion
caused by the assemblage of a large body of warlike and avaricious
Arabs might give rise to a general commotion which would endanger
public tranquillity. Warnings in due form have therefore been con
veyed to all the Chiefs and others concerned, and every precaution is
being taken to prevent a fracas, but much will depend upon the frequent
presence of a vessel of war upon or near the scene of operations.
4.— Nejd.
9. No further movements on the part of the Turkish Government
have been reported from Lahsah except the periodical reliefs of troops.
10. Abdullah bin Fysul still represents his family in Nejd.
5.— Bassidore.
11. This station has remained in tranquillity under the charge
of Assistant Surgeon, Abdur Rahim Hakim. The Coal Agent, Hajee
Abbass, was dismissed in March 1877 by the Resident's order for
neglecting to attend to the Proclamations annually promulgated respect
ing slave-holding.
6.— Persian Coast.
12. The districts of Persia bordering on the Gulf have been
generally free from disorder. Some petty cases of wrecks sustained by
Native craft have been duly attended to, and settled on the represent
ation of the Government Native Agents Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. .
13. In March 1876 a large bugla Large trading vessel. under British colors was
stranded at Henjam, a dependency of the Island of Kishm, and imme
diately on the receipt of the intelligence Her Majesty's Ship Arab
was sent to the spot. Her presence saved the vessel from being
plundered, and the Sheikh of Kishm, who had sent a number of buglas
from Kishm to the scene of the accident, did no more than tow the
bugla Large trading vessel. to Kishm in hopes of benefiting by her subsequently. He even
tually, however, sent a deputation to Bushire to explain that his inten-

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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 1876-77, published by Authority at the Foreign Department Press, Calcutta [Kolkata], 1877, and forming part of the Selections from the Records of the Government of India, Foreign Department (no. 138). The administration report is based on reports sent by the 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel William Francis Prideaux) 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 (Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles) to the Government of India. The report is preceded by a copy of a letter sent by Prideaux to Thomas Henry Thornton, Officiating Secretary to the Government of India, dated 15 June 1877, 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 I: Administration Report for 1876-77 – General (folios 8-10) signed by Prideaux, and arranged under subheadings as follows: 1. Oman; Petty independent chiefdoms (2. Oman Coast); 3. Bahrain [referred to as Bahrein throughout]; 4. Nejd [Najd]; 5. Bassidore [Bāsa‘īdū]; 6. Persian Coast; 7. Government of Fars; Bushire (Dashtee, Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās], postal, judicial); Establishment (political, medical, naval); slave trade.

Part II: Administration Report for 1876-77 – Memorandum showing the 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 11-45), comprising thirty statistical tables containing data on the import and export of commodities into and out of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. during the official year 1875-76. The tables contain data for Arabia, Persia and Turkey in Asia, and specifically data on vessels and trade at Bushire, Bandar-e ʻAbbās, Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh], Bahrain and the Arab coast. There is an index of the statistical tables on folio 11.

Part III: 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 1876-76 (folios 45-48), 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 arranged under the following headings: political; resources and trade (production, agriculture, industries, fisheries, trade).

Part IV, prepared by Miles (folios 49-55) 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.

Part V, Medical Topography of Muscat (folios 55-62), by the Muscat Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. Surgeon, Atmarim Sadashiv Jayakar. Jayakar’s report is arranged under the following headings: geology; climate; water supply; food; sanitation; population; dwellings and streets; prevailing diseases; malaria and malarial fevers; typhoid fever; smallpox and measles; cholera; dysentery; scurvy; rheumatism; phthisis pulmonalis; bronchitis; purumonia; organic diseases of the heart; dyspepsia, colic and diarrhoea; hoemorrhoides [haemorrhoids]; diseases of the liver; hypertrophy; diseases of the kidney and bladder; diseases of the brain and insanity; diseases of the eye; diseases of the skin; leprosy; ulcers; dracunculus; venereal diseases; syphilis.

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57 folios
Arrangement

The report is arranged into five parts (I-V). Part I is arranged into numbered sections (1-7) and numbered paragraphs (1-35). Part II is arranged into numbered tables (1-30). Part III is arranged by subject headings and subheadings, part IV by lettered tables (A-F), and part V by suhheadings. There is a contents page at the front of the report (folios 6-7), which lists the report’s contents by part and major headings, and 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 1, and ends on the last folio on number 62.

Pagination: The volume contains an original typed pagination sequence.

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