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Coll 20/36 'Muscat: Proposal (by a Mr C. S. J. Collier) to institute a State Post Office in Muscat' [‎6v] (14/62)

The record is made up of 1 file (29 folios). It was created in 4 Mar 1940-13 Mar 1941. 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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India, ‘i'his up to now I have not been able to secure, the
verbal reason given me in Simla being the somewhat off-nan
one that "we cannot have these small states playing about wit
stamps". Yet some' IndianStates that are only nominally inde
pendent have their stamp issues, with ^
accruing from the sale, and I understand thaw the issue ,
stamps will shortly be allowed to another small Arabian State ? ~
at one time, but not now under the control of the government j
of India.
It seems a regrettable waste to allow the Muscat opportuni
ty to go unexploited merely on account of some reason that hard-
ly weighs in the balance.
m snite of its exotic nature the project is one of sound
business,'as any philatelist will quickly agree. - readily
recognise the delicacy of the situation liable to_emerge with
Indian Govejfient Departments were you to take an mt-re^t, but
if vou desire me to submit material particulars I am ready to
do so? In any case I feel it my duty to make known the project
to you.
i have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient servant,
(Signed) C. S. COLLIER

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Correspondence between Charles Saint John Collier and various offices and departments of the British and Indian governments, including the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. 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 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. , and the Treasury. The correspondence is regarding Collier's attempts to institute a State Post Office and new coinage in Muscat, with himself as agent. Also contained within the file is correspondence between the 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. and Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. 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. in which Collier's proposals, motives, and movements are discussed.

Folios 24-29 are draft agreements for Muscat's membership of the Postal Union and appointment of Collier as agent to the Muscat state, presumably written by Collier himself.

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1 file (29 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the back to the front.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 29; 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.

The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers.

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Coll 20/36 'Muscat: Proposal (by a Mr C. S. J. Collier) to institute a State Post Office in Muscat' [‎6v] (14/62), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2996, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100047240844.0x00000f> [accessed 18 November 2019]

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