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'Report on the Administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for the year 1877-78.' [‎302v] (150/165)

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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128 ADMINISTRATION REPORT OF THE PERSIAN GULF The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. POLITICAL 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.
were fired by H. M/s S. Teazer at Muscat and Muttrah with a view to
dislodge the enemy from their positions and discourage their attack
on the town. These measures had the desired effect, and dissen
sions having broken out the coalition soon showed signs of collapse.
Sheikh Saleh endeavoured to conceal his discomfiture by an insolent
demand for $20,000 and the restoration of his own and Seyyid Ibrahim’s
allowance, but by the advice of 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. these were
promptly rejected, and by the 21st the rebels had entirely dispersed and
disappeared from before the town, not, however, before they had plundered
and burnt everything within their reach and wantonly murdered several
women and helpless Seedees. The loss to llritish subjects at their
hands was estimated at $15,173. After the retirement from Muscat
Sheikh Hamood of the A1 Wahibeh who had furnished a large part of
the rebel force seized upon the date groves at Bosher and threatened to
destroy them unless the sum of $2,500 was paid to him by TIis Highness.
This demand it was deemed advisable to comply with. Sheikh Saleh
on his return to El Sharkiyeh was indefatigable in his exertions to
organize a second coalition, but his efforts met with no success.
In July 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. proceeded to Soor in H.
M/s S. Teazer and succeeded without difficulty in obtaining reparation
to the extent of $3,600 from the Jenebeh tribe for the plunder
of a banian Merchant of Indian extraction. at that town two years before.
In August Sheikh Hamed bin Abdulla of the Beni Ruweyheh tribe,
a virulent enemy of Seyyid Toprkee, was murdered at Semed by Salim
bin Hilal A1 Bu Saidi in pursuance of a blood-feud.
In September Seyyid Abdool Azeez left Semed where he had
resided since the rupture with his brother, and proceeded to dwell with
the Beni Bu Hassan tribe at Jallaan. Disquieting rumours prevailed of
his intentions against Muscat, but nothing resulted, as his efforts to obtain
support from the tribes failed, and fears of further disturbances
gradually subsided.
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. , Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , Colonel Ross, arrived at Muscat
in November on his way to Bushire. In November the Governor of
Sohar, Seyyid Bedr bin Seif, His Highness’ stanch friend and supporter,
having been induced to visit Muscat, was imprisoned in Fort Marani on
a charge of oppressing the inhabitants, and His Highness’ eldest son
Mahomed was sent to replace him with Seyyid Ahmed bin Hamad as
AVali. Seyyid Bedr was subsequently sent to Zanzibar. Seyyid
Abdool Azeez has continued to reside in Jalaan ; further negotiations
carried on with a view to his retiring to India on a pension have resulted
in failure, as Abdool Azeez has declined to quit Oman on any terms.
He has since resumed his intrigues with Sheikh Saleh and the Sharkiyeh
tribes to organize a fresh expedition against Muscat, but the tribes have
shown no alacrity as yet in responding to his views, and the country
generally continues to enjoy tranquillity.
Official changes .—In June 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. , Lieutenant-Colonel
Miles, proceeded to Europe on six months’ furlough, and was succeeded
by Mr. P. J. Robertson, Her Majesty’s Consul at Busra, who officiated
until January 1878 when he gave over charge.

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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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