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Coll 20/2 'Administration: Question of abdication of Sultan; Succession and Subsidies; Question of abrogation of treaties with USA and France' [‎154r] (307/757)

The record is made up of 1 file (375 folios). It was created in 7 Oct 1930-26 Aug 1948. It was written in English and French. 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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The Government of India, in paragraph 7 of their
desnatch, reiterated their view of the joint responsibility
of the two Governments for payment of the subsidy, and were
anxious that an effort should be made to secure some
concession from If this was impossible, they were
prepared to resign themselves to acceptance of the settlement.
They considered that it was as much in Imperial as in Indian
interests to prevent hostilities between Zanzioar and juscat,
and, as these would be almost inevitable if the subsidy were
not paid, H.l'.G. could not, in their opinion, divest
themselves entirely of responsibility. The Government of
India left the decision as to acceptance of the settlement
to the Secretary of State.
on receipt of the Government of India’s despatch
representations in the sense desired by them were made to the
Foreign Office (letter of 14th F.arch, 1883), though it was
considered very improbable that any concession was likely.
was
The letter pointed out that since the transfer/preposed in
connection with arrangements for the suppression of the slave
trade - a matter primarily of importance to the Imperial
Government - it was unreasonable to expect India to bear any
increase in expenditure, and suggested that while ohe subsidy
continued to be paid to Lluscat, H.L.G. should contribute t-iie
sum of £1,000 per annum as a slave trade grant. Subject to
this, it was proposed to accept the foreign Office proposals.
In reply the Foreign Office declined to make any
contribution to the cost of the subsidy, and (.letter of 6th
June, 1883) the Secretary of State accepted the settlement
suggested by the Foreign Office.
The Government of India were informed on 31st
July/
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The file contains letters, telegrams, minutes, and draft correspondence related to the abdication of Sultan Taimur bin Faisal of Muscat [Taymūr bin Fayṣal Āl Bū Sa‘īd] and the accession of his son, Said bin Taimur [Sa‘īd ibn Taymūr Āl Bū Sa‘īd] in 1932. The early correspondence concerns efforts to prevent Taimur from abdicating and to improve Muscat's flagging economy. Once the abdication is accepted several questions are raised and discussed, including:

  • the suitability of a successor and the arrangements for the accession of his son, Said
  • whether to continue both the Arms Traffic and Zanzibar Subsidy payments (this question is raised again in 1948)
  • the renegotiation of Muscat's treaties with the French, Americans, and the tribes of Oman's interior
  • whether to continue Taimur's personal allowance
  • Sultan Said's changes to government

Further correspondence within the file deals with the following matters:

  • requests for statistical information about Muscat from the Danish government for their yearbook in 1934 and 1935
  • a plea from Kamile Ilgiray, an ex-wife of former Sultan Taimur, to the British Government for help with her son's education
  • the question of the best time to inform the French, American, and Dutch governments of Sultan Said's succession
  • the whereabouts of former Sultan Taimur, including his visits to Saudi Arabia in 1933 and Japan in 1939.

The majority of the correspondence is between 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. in Muscat, 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. , Government of India (Foreign Department), 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 Foreign Office. Further correspondence is from Sultans Taimur and Said, the French and Indian Governments, and several British political and diplomatic offices in Europe and the Middle East.

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1 file (375 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the back of the file to the front.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 378; 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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Coll 20/2 'Administration: Question of abdication of Sultan; Succession and Subsidies; Question of abrogation of treaties with USA and France' [‎154r] (307/757), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/2952, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100050222668.0x00006e> [accessed 4 April 2020]

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