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'File 6/1 Foreign Interests: American Mission at Muscat' [‎70r] (139/210)

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The record is made up of 1 file (103 folios). It was created in 27 Dec 1908-6 Jun 1935. It was written in English and Arabic. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Muscat,Arabia.
!5, ecember,1?30•
To:
Sayyid baid Bin Tajcaoor Bin Faysul,
Aalr of the Muscat Government.
My dear - • • < ■.
1 jam writing to you a£ & aotuei ing a
favor for her child. MAryaa the widow of Ferash Bin Belal,has
no father nor mother. She is an orphan and a widow. Some ten
years ago Merash becuie a Christian in Muscat,and war baptised
in thelittle church,in the presence of H.M. f S consul ajor Rae.
IIArjiyaia some tiD*eIater,decided to follow the reli gion of her
husband’s choice and was baptised in Bahrein.
The day of the funeral of Meraah Bin Belal,
the ceremony of Islamic mourning,was refused by her in a calm
and dignified manner. Those who were present heard her say tliat
she was a Christian. At that time her brother rejected her,and
ahe came tous. She has been with us since,sharing a room with my ffa&glrfe
daughter. Her detire is to be allowed to be free ad to work for
her living. Mrs.Storm would like to have her as child’s nurse.
She can remain indoors for four months and ten days,and adequate *
protection will be given to her In a room of the house doctor and
Mrs.Storm are now occupying. This we believe will be according to
the custom of an Arab kldow remaining in seclusion for a period
of time.
^ She has asked several times the privilege to
be interviewed by some body sent by you,preferably Sheikh Zobair.
She has also ashed the privilege to have ,v letter written to you
by some responsible person. Since she has been with us die has not
left the house. I have admitted all women who cared to see her and
whom she wished to see. In-dl fairness to her,we have been careful
not to influ nee her in her conversations with the woLen.
fte know that when Henry,one of the slaves whom
the British Gov.© trusted to the care of Rev.?,Z T . emer,died,the late
and honored Sheikh Rashid Judged the woman unworthy of the ceremony
because her husband was a Christian.
* - Kindly forgive me for thus intruding in your
presence,and begging you for merciful consideration in giving this
our beloved sister^and daughter in the Faith,her freedom tof ollow
the Religion of her choice and earn her living as she chooses.
We will guarantee she will not disgrace her
widowhood by ap earing in public oi^ any otherway.
Most respectfully.

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This file contains correspondence concerning matters related to the American Mission at Muscat including the movements and activities of its members and its desire to establish a hospital in Matrah [Muttrah].

Much of the correspondence is between officials at the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and the British Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. & Consulate in Muscat but the file also contains a limited amount of correspondence from members of the American Mission, US diplomatic officials, the Muscat Council of Ministers and Sayyid Faysal bin Turki Al Bu Sa‘id, the Sultan of Muscat and Oman. Some of the letters from Sayyid Faysal are in Arabic (with English translations).

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1 file (103 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 105; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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