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Coll 20/36 'Muscat: Proposal (by a Mr C. S. J. Collier) to institute a State Post Office in Muscat' [‎21r] (43/62)

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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Office of the Po
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Dated the iSth February, 1940*
My dear Garoe,
I enclose a copy of a note by Hlckinbothaia upon the
recent visit to iftueoat of a Mr •Jollier, who was formerly
Manager of the Bank of Ethiopia in ^ddis wbaba, and a copy
of the agreements which he hoped to negotiate* Although
j it is not mentioned in the note. Collier was under the
impression that he had secured the support of the India
Office to the institution of a state Post Office in Muscat,
but 1 presume that this is without foundation*
2* Collier*s object in negotiating the agreement wae,
of course, to handle the very substantial profits that
arise when a new issue of stamps is brought out, for pur
chases by philatelists would far outweigh the annual
profits normally accruing to a small State such as Muscat*
However, Rai Sahib )uli Jhand has now left the Sultan 9 a
service under a cloud owing to recent researches in the
State Finance Department, and anything that he wae associat
ed with will be unlikely to commend itself to the sultan*
X hope, therefore, we shall hear no more about the pro
posals, which are objectionable in every way*
«
3* X am sending a copy of this letter to Peel, Fraser-
Tytler, Hickinbotham and lwithout copies of the agreements)
to the Middle East Intelligence Centre*
Yours sincerely,
0*K*Caros Esquire, J*I*E*,X*J»S»
Secretary to the Government of
India, External Affairs Depart
ment, Kew Delhi*
sd*
C.G.Prior.
*aant under Printed letter Ko*0/127 of
18th February 1940.

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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' [‎21r] (43/62), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2996, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100047240844.0x00002c> [accessed 16 November 2019]

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