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'File 6/1 Foreign Interests: American Mission at Muscat' [‎84r] (167/210)

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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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5. I will not weary you with the details of the
negotiations in which I assumed the role of a friend of
both parties* but I spent a good many hours extending over
a number of days interviewing alternately agitated
Missionaries and a disgruntled Council* I naturally
adopted a sympathetic attitude to each* which was the easier
as I was on friendly terms with both.
6. finally being sure of my ground by the result of your
telegram quoted above, (though of course I informed neither
party of the exchange of our telegrams) I had a final
interview (separately) with both sides* I informed the
Missionaries that - though I saw their point of view - the
charge of American interests ;.hich I hold did not warrant
me bringing any pressure to bear on the Council on behalf
of a Muscat subject - the widow in question - whether
Christian or not, and that ultimate action of the Council
must depend on the will of the latter* To the Council
- i.e* Saiyid Said, for Haji Zubair merely echoes the latter -
I said that while I quite appreciated his feelings on the
subject, I was not empowered to force the Americans to give
up the woman* But the latter was undoubtedly a Muscat subject
whether Christian or no, and that he could do ae he liked in
the matter* But that briefly: every—thing that v as right
vas not expedient* That it was most inadvisable at the
present juncture when the state was in negotiation with the
United States for there to be any incident’^between the
State and the American Missionaries, who would doubtless send
a report to their headquarters in New York from which it would
find its way to Washington* I pointed out that he had not
committed himself to any direct, or written order, to the
Missionaries to the effect that the woman should undergo her
mourning, and that if he finally decided - on grounds of
larger policy - not to press the matter, all he had to do was
to let the matter drop: and that in a week* s time the incident
would be forgotten ( I had ascertained that the case so far
had excited little interest in the town)* That in fact it

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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)

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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