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'Report on the Administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for the year 1877-78.' [‎302r] (149/165)

The record is made up of 1 volume (81 folios). It was created in 1878. 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. FOR THE YEAR 1877-78. 127
Part III.
ADMINISTRATION REPORT OP THE POLITICAL AGENCY An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , MUSCAT,
POR THE YEAR 1877-78.
Political .—The official year 1877-78 commenced with disquieting
rumours of a projected rising of the Sharkiyeh tribes against His
Highness Seyyid Toorkee's authority, but as both Seyyid Abdul Azeez
and Ibrahim were disinclined to take the responsibility of joining the
movement unless with good prospects of success, the scheme fell
through; the disaffection, however, continued as it was, unremittingly
fostered by the Metowwas, and it had soon gathered sufficient strength
and consistency for Saleh to be able to throw off the mask of friendship
and allegiance to His Highness and announce his hostility by requesting
His Highness to discontinue the allowance made him. Being impressed
with the necessity of conciliating Sheikh Saleh and of separating him,
if possible, from the rest of the faction, His Highness sent him privately
a considerable present of money by a confidential servant with the view
of regaining his adherence and inducing him to use his endeavouis to
dissolve the coalition. The present was accepted by Sheikh Saleh, who
dissimulated with His Highness for the time and soon announced that
he had succeeded in frustrating the movement. He also made this the
basis of a claim for his allowance to be increased by one-half, which
was acceded to.
The result of Seyyid Toorkee's diplomatic arrangements was that
the month of May passed quietly, the only occurrence being a collision
in the Semail valley between the Ghaflirees and Hinawis, which was
prevented from spreading further by a truce for six months being
mediated by the Vizier Seyyid Said who had been despatched thither
by His Highness for the purpose.
On the 9th June His Highness Seyyid Toorkee and the Acting
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. , Mr. Robertson, received letters from Sheikh Saleh bin
Ali giving notice of his intention to march on Muscat, and on the 14th
Saleh and his followers, whose number was estimated at 1,500, arrived
and occupied Muttrah without opposition. Up to the receipt of Saleh’s
communication on the 9th no rumours had reached Muscat of the pro
jected rising, and the announcement had therefore found Ilis Highness
quite unprepared. The only part of the garrison on which reliance could
be placed at this time w r as a party of 150 \\ ahabees and a few Belooch
soldiers. H. M.’s S. Teazer had on the 8th instant proceeded on a
cruize, but fortunately returned to Muscat on the 15th, the day after the
occupation of Muttrah.
It soon appeared that Seyyid Abdool Azeez was not at the head of
the rebellion as had been reported. He had met Saleh bin Ali at
Mansah, but having been unaole to agree to Ids terms, had returned to
Semed. Saleh then made overtures to Seyyid Ibrahim bin Kais wdio
arrived at Muttrah on the 17th. All practicable precautionshaving
been taken for the lives and property of British subjects, the Acting
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. determined to accord to His Highness Seyyid Toorkee
the armed assistance he had formally applied for, and after due warning
had been sent to the leader of the rebels, Seyyid Ibrahim, a few shots

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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 1877-78, published by Authority at the Foreign Department Press, Calcutta [Kolkata], 1878. The 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 Edward Charles Ross) 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 Ross to Alfred Comyn Lyall, Secretary to the Government of India, Foreign Department, dated 8 July 1878, which enclosed the submission of the original reports.

The report is organised in a number of sections and subsections, as follows:

Part I: General Report, signed by Ross, and arranged under subheadings as follows: Oman; Arab Coast; Bahrein [Bahrain]; Nejd [Najd]; Province of Fars and the Persian Coast and Islands; Bushire; Coast from Bushire to Lingah [Bandar Lengeh]; Lingah; Bunder Abbass [Bandar Abbas]; Persian-Baloochistan [Baluchistan] Coast; Bassidore [Bāsaʻīdū]; Establishments; Slave-Trade; Appendices (including meteorological tables, notes on the Kara Aghach River by Dr Friedrich Carl Andreas*, the route from Bushire to Lar and Shiraz, and the route from Lar to Shiraz, the Persian Post Office and Foreign Postage, and tables of Persian money and measurements).

Part II: Report on trade of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. for the year 1877, signed by Ross and arranged under subheadings, as follows: Effects of late war on the trade; Steam communication; Grain harvest; Scarcity of coin; Opium; Pearl fisheries; Impediments to development of trade in Persia; and appendices (including notes on the pearling industry by Captain Edward Law Durand, notes on date palm cultivation by James Charles Edwards, and 31 tables of trade statistics covering imports/exports from/to the various ports and settlements of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , and between the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. and India).

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 1877-78, prepared by Miles and arranged under the following subheadings: Political; Official changes; Slave Traffic.

Part IV: Trade statistics for Muscat, prepared by Miles, and comprising of six tables covering imports, exports, and number and tonnage of vessels entering and leaving the port.

* Folio 246 - a map has been temporarily removed and replaced with a green sheet of paper noting its removal.

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1 volume (81 folios)
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The report is arranged into four parts (I-IV).

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Pagination: The report has a pagination system which uses numbers printed in the top-left corner of versos and top-right corner of rectos.

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