Letter from Lewis Pelly, Bushire, to Sir Bartle Frere [21v] (7/9)
The record is made up of 5 folios. It was created in 24 Apr 1866. 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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Letter regarding arrangements for the protection of the telegraph stations in the Gulf and Pelly's intention to use the gun-boats to travel along the coast of the Gulf 'in a friendly manner' as a reminder of the British Government's role in maintaining the maritime peace.
Other matters discussed in the letter include Dr Colvill's travels along the Persian coast investigating outbreaks of Cholera; Sayed Torkee [Turki bin Said] who is in exile in Bushire; Sir John Lawrence's recent interview with Colonel Goldsmid; and the need for Berenice and Caromandel to be docked and cleaned
The letter also refers to examples of the types of cases that Pelly arbitrates relating to the maritime peace, however these are not enclosed with the letter.
There are several postscripts to the letter discussing a famine in Shiraz owing to the land being taken over for Cotton; regarding the vacant assistantships and proposing that if Henry W Warner is given one that Edwin Dawes could be given command of Berenice; proposing that the Muskat and Gwadur agencies should report to 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. ; and regarding the need for a telegraph station at Angaum [Henjam].
Enclosed is a letter to Austin Layard, H M Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, London:
Letter regarding statements and assertions made byWilliam Gifford Palgrave in his book 'Personal narrative of a year's journey through Central and Eastern Arabia'.
In the book Palgrave had claimed that the native agent Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. at Bunder Abbass [Bandar Abbas] 'an armenian named Hajee Yacoob' had been engaged in the slave trade. Pelly's response however stated that Hajee Yacoob was from a mussulman family which had long been in the employ of the British Government and that Yacoob had thirty years service during which time he had been commended by Government for his work suppressing the slave trade in the Gulf.
Pelly goes on to report that there had been an Armenian agent at Busreh [Basra] named Khojah Yacoob who had been alleged to have been involved in incidents similar to those Palgrave had described, but that he was not in Shargah [Sharjah] in spring 1863.
Pelly goes on to report that Palgrave's comments relating to Omman are inaccurate, but not of concern, and that Gaspar de Rozario, Apothecary at Muskat in 1863 had informed Pelly that Palgrave had been there during Ramadhan but had been living and passing himself off as a Mussulman.
The letter goes on to discuss Palgrave's journey to the Wahabee [Wahhabi] country with Aboo Esau [Abu Esau], which Esau had given a statement to Pelly regarding. The statement gives details on his being recruited to take Palgrave to Riyadh and onto Katif [al-Qatif] and on Palgrave's movements once in Riyadh, including his visits to Abdellah bin Faysul.
The letter goes on to discuss Pelly's work including the recent dispute between Muskat and the Wahabees and Pelly's recommendation that the British Government should end its defensive treaties with countries such as Muskat and concentrate primarily on maritime peace; securing a suitable location for a coal depot and telegraph station; and protecting British subjects and property. Pelly concludes by acknowledging Sir Bartle Frere's advice and support during the recent dispute.
A postscript to the letter gives a further statement from Aboo Esau stating that Palgrave had been posing as a businessman who had been adopting the religion of whatever country he was visiting and that he had given Esau a paper regarding a 'large scheme having religious bearings but a political object' but that Esau had torn the paper up when there was an outbreak of Cholera. The postscript is signed by James Charles Edwards (uncovenanted 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. ).
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