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File 4684/1913 'Pt 1 Muscat rebellion' [‎77r] (162/332)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (162 folios). It was created in 1913-1914. 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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Telegram R., No. 103, dated (and received) the 22nd April 1914.
From—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. , Maskat,
To—The Foreign Secretary, Simla.
Your telegram of 20th April. I venture to submit following explanation
Your telegram No. 207, 11th April, authorised me to informally take steps
suggested in “fourthly *’ of Bushire telegram 423. Latter telegram contained
two paragraphs headed “ fourthly ”, the second of which, as decyphered by me,
formed tinai property of the telegram. The opening portion of this final
paragraph described the nature of informal steps which your telegram
207 approved. The paragraph went on to suggest “ a straight talk with
Sultan”. There was no parrgraph “fifthly” or anything that seemed
unnecessary (in ?) connection with the remaining portion of the paragraph from
opening portion.
For these reasons I took your telegram No. 207 to refer to second of the
two “ fourthly ” paragraphs, and to apply to whole of that paragraph.
I very much regret my misinterpretation of Government of India’s inten
tion, and I venture to hope they will be pleased to regard the mistake as
pardonable owing to the elementary ambiguity which I most respectfully
submit existed.
Addressed Foreign; repeated Private Secretary to the Viceroy and Bushire.
Telegram P., No. 104, dated (and received) the 22nd April 1914.
From—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. , Maskat,
To—The Foreign Secretary, Simla.
I have sent the following telegram to 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 and repeated it to Admiral:— Begins. Situation at Maskat. Sultan who
is still at Barka has not sent me further news. His Majesty’s ship “ Alert ”
returned to Maskat on 20th instant. His Majesty’s ship “Odin ” reports all
quiet on Batineh coast. His Majesty’s ship “ Miner ” is still at Barka. Local
reports continue to state that owing to the loss of five of their important men
durino* recent bombardments some rebel Sheikhs are endeavouring to persuade
Imam to come to terms with Sultan : in this connection please see my telegram
No. 95 of 19th April, and that his followers, including Shaikh Hamyar, are
abandoning his cause. Imam’s men are said to have abandoned Somail Fort,
which has been reoccupied by Sultan’s men. Situation may therefore for
the moment be described as less critical. Ends. J
of my action in discussing with Sultan matters other than Ali’s visit to French
Consul.

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Papers regarding the 1913 uprising of the Ibāḍī imamate and the tribes of the interior of Oman under the leadership of Sālim bin Rāshid al-Kharūṣī, against the authority of the Sultans of Muscat and Oman, Fayṣal bin Turkī Āl Bū Sa‘īd and Taymūr bin Fayṣal Āl Bū Sa‘īd.

The volume consists of Muscat News reports submitted by 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, plus correspondence between 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. , the Senior Naval Officer 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. , and the Government of India Foreign and Political Department. There are also translated copies of communications received from Sālim bin Rāshid al-Kharūṣī,and Taymūr bin Fayṣal Āl Bū Sa‘īd.

The correspondence and reports provide details of the following: the progress of the uprising; the intervention of Indian troops and British ships; the bombardment of rebel positions at Barka [Barkā] and Kuriyat; negotiations between the Imam and the Sultan of Muscat and Oman; support for the uprising outside of Oman; proposals for the establishment of a levy corps at Muscat; and the Sultan's attempts to raise money, enlist foreign aid, and purchase weaponry.

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 the volume by year. This is placed at the end of the correspondence (folio 1).

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1 volume (162 folios)
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The subject 4684 (Muscat Rebellion) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/425-427, with part 1 comprising the first volume, part 2 comprising the second volume, and parts 3 and 4 comprising the third volume.

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

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 160; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located at the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the two leading and ending flyleaves. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 50-160; these numbers are also written in pencil and are circled, but are crossed through.

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