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'File 6/1 Foreign Interests: American Mission at Muscat' [‎85r] (169/210)

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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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®as a case of r^to faire c'est agir. Saiyid Said said he would
liice time to consider the matter.
7* I vvas not approached by either party after this, and
naturally left well • or what I hoped was **well w - alone.
After a couple of weeks I heard that the matter had been
settled privately between the Council and the Missionaries
by the woman going into ’purdah* for the appointed time in
the house of Miss Hosmon - the lady Missionary doctor - and
by the woman’s personal property being returned to the
brother-in-law. I trust therefore that the case, which caused
me some anxiety at the time, and which might have had serious
consequences* is finally disposed of. If so it is undoubtedly
due to the sensible attitude adopted by Saiyid Said.
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8. But though the case is disposed of it will not - in
connection with the proposal to raise the customs tariff - make
the Council any more ready to grant the United States claim
for most favoured nation treatment. (Vide my letter No. 11-C
of 13th January 193t para 3.) In fact it is just this tendency
on the part of the American Missionaries here (as elsewhere) to
interfere (doubtless with humane motiwes) on behalf of their
converts, (or alleged converts), and to regard the latter as
having in some mysterious way gained peculiar extra-territorial
rights, that mainly makes for whatever anti-American feeling
and suspicion there ma.y exist in Muscat.
*^0 - Maj or,
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. & K.B.K’s Consul,
r? , Muscat.

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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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