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File 4377/1912 'Muscat Arms Traffic: Complaints of British Firms' [‎105r] (214/430)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (213 folios). It was created in 1908-1913. 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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he had favoured us with special permits for the intro
duction of arms and ammunition, asking him to be pleased
to release the goods and thus enable our customers to
honourably fulfil their engagements to us. /ibout the
same time, we also sent a protest to His Majesty’s Consul,
io tnese communications we have had no reply so far, nor
have we heard that the gooes have been released.
Having now put before you a full statement of our
case, we humbly beg your kind assistance in this, for us,
most serious matter, and to ask you to kindly protect our
Rights as British Subjects, by inducing His Royal Highness
the Sultan, not only to release the goods to our customers
against the production of our bills of lading, but also to
press him, in accordance with our special permit and in
accordance with the Treaty of March 1891, to permit us to
trade in Muscat, to execute our orders without hindrance
as hitherto, and to pay us ample damages for the wrongful
detention of our goods.
In conclusion, we would also remark, that when our
representative - Mr. Poole - had an interview with His
Hoyal Highness the Sultan at the end of April last, he

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, notes, and reports relating to the consignment of armaments to Muscat. The discussion in the volume concerns the complaints of British firms regarding the impounding of these armaments, following the enforcement of new arms traffic regulations. Following this some consignees refused to take delivery of the shipments or pay for them leading to the prospect of considerable financial loss for the manufacturers. The correspondence includes an enquiry from the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce as to regulations relating to importation of arms into Muscat.

Also discussed by British officials is the interpretation of the relevant regulations and documents. These include:

  • The Board of Trade Journal (December 24, 1908, Volume LXIII, No. 630) with sections on openings for British trade, tariff changes and regulations, and shipping, mineral and agriculture (ff 141- 179).
  • 'Agreement between the United Kingdom, France and Italy respecting the importation of arms and ammunition into Abyssynia (Treaty Series No.7, signed London, December 13,1906)
  • A notice 'Arms Traffic. Muscat Warehouse Rules, 1912. Notice by His Highness, Sir Seyyid Faisal bin Turki, GCIE. Sultan of Muscat and Oman'.

The principal correspondents in the volume include: 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Percy Zachariah Cox); 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. , Muscat (Stuart George Knox); the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department (Sir Henry McMahon); Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Sir Edward Grey).

The volume includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, the year the subject file was opened, the subject heading, and a list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (213 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 213; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

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