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'File 6/1 Foreign Interests: American Mission at Muscat' [‎87r] (173/210)

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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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American Consular Service,
Baghdad, Iraq, December 16, 1930„
Dr. Sarah Hosmon,
Muscat, Oman.
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your letter
dated November 29, 1930, in which you state that upon
the^invitation of the Governor of Ristak you desire to
visit his town for the purpose of rendering medical aid
and assistance to those residing there, but have been
informed by the British Political Adviser, Major Fowle,
that he will not consent to your making the trip unless
you have permission to do so from this office.
As you can imagine, I have little or no information
concerning present conditions in the Sultanate of Qian.
I am av/are of the fact that safety beyond the limits of
certain districts in that section is dependent upon con
ditions which change so rapidly that only residents of
Oman who are very conversant with affairs there can form
any judgment concerning the risk involved in making a
journey into the interior or in fact to any distance be-
yond the town. Under the circumstances I therefore think
that Major Fowle should decide the question of your trip
to Ristak without consulting me. At the same time I can
appreciate his reluctance in the matter* as it has often
happened in the past that the killing of an American citi
zen or of a British subject bound on an errand of mercy
has probably caused more distress than that person could
have alleviated.
I have consulted Dr. Barny on the matter and while
he expresses the opinion that you would run no danger in
your contemplated journey, he did not seem too emphatic
in his statements to that effect. As you also know the
death of Mr. Bilkert has caused all officials concerned
to be very cautious in their attitude towards those who
journey into possibly dangerous regibns with no thought
of self.
Consul Randolph in 1922 had the chance of getting
ashore at Muscat and of talking to various people in whom
he had confidence. I, on the other hand, have no news
from Muscat upon which I can form the most hazy idea
of what you will have to face in your contemplated

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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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