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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎27r] (58/156)

The record is made up of 1 volume (74 folios). It was created in 1898. It was written in English. 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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ON HIS JOURNEY FROM MESHED TO QUETTA, 1898.
He has absolutely declined to pay Tumans 5,000 per annum to the sub
contractors for the last three years and offers only Tumans 300 a year.
{a) The present sub-contractors expect to realise Tumans 30,000 a year,
Estimated realizations of customs duties in K&in provided the KaiU Chief should Suffer them
andSistSn. to make proper arrangements, but the
Chief is, they complain, obstructing them secretly, and that therefore they
have asked the Persian Government to depute a strong Persian official from
Teheran to enforce their rights. The Persian Government have agreed to do
this, but the success of the sub-contractors in the matter is very doubtful.
The Chief of Kain told me that the sub-contractors were oppressing the
people, and that he did not approve of their proceedings.
(5) The sub-contractor at Birjand states that at present about 3,000 camel-
Foreign imports and exports to and from and loads of WOol, pistachio-nuts and clarified
through the Kaiu district. butter are annually exported from Afghan
istan and about 1,000 camel-loads of wool, clarified butter, and saffron from the
Kain district to Bandar Abbas; that these 4,000 camels return with Indian
tea, indigo, spices, piece goods, and copperware; that about 2,000 camel-loads
of the same articles are yearly exported from the Kain district to Kirman and
Yezd; and that about 2,000 camel-loads of rice and clarified butter arrive
from Farah and other districts of Afghanistan and are consumed in Kain and
Sistan.
On all these, he says, the Persian Government have sanctioned an imposi
tion of 5 per cent, ad valorem duty.
(c?) I took the opportunity to warn the sub-contractor not to interfere with
, x , T ... , „ caravans carrying goods from Persian
The sub-contractors of customs of Kain and Sis- ,
t&n bound by agreement not to interfere with territory to QUCtta OF VlCe VCl'SCl and TC-
caravans proceeding from \ieshed to Quetta and minded him that I had been assured by
Bandar Abbas and uce versa. the chief customs farmer of Khurasan and
Sistan that he had put in a clause in the agreement of the sub-contractors to
the effect that the latter would have no right to levy any duty on caravans
proceeding from Quetta or Bandar Abbas to Meshed or vice versa, as any duty
due on them would be levied at Meshed. The sub-contractor acknowledged that
such a clause existed in the agreement, and said that he and his partner would
take care to carry it out honestly.
39. The district of Kain is, for purposes of revenue, at present divided
into certain Buloks or sub-districts, the
names of which, together with their reve
nue, are given below :—
Revenue of Kain.
own of Birjand —
Taxes on cloth merchants ,
Ts.
30
K.
0
s.
0
shoemakers
28
0
0
yy
seller of provisions
25
0
0
yy
coppersmiths ,
15
0
0
yy
blacksmiths
18
0
0
yy
dyers . .
25
0
0
y |
butchers
25
0
0
yy
tin and other smiths
1
5
0
yy
cotton dressers
4
8
0
yy
tailors
3
0
0
yy
tanners .
25
0
0
9 y
potters . .
3
0
0
yy
felt-makers .
9
0
0
yy
cap-makers
8
0
0
yy
powder-makers .
2
5
0
yy
tape-makers .
2
4
0
oil-makers
6
0
0
leather-workers .
1
2
0
packsaddle-makers
2
6
0
yy
grocers . .
2
0
0
yy
goldsmiths
8
0
0
saddlers . .
2
0
0
yy
yy
postin-makers
1
3
0
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Report by Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh on his journey from Meshed to Quetta in 1898. The report starts with a description of the circumstances that gave rise to the journey and the preparations before departure (folios 12-17). The main body of the report consists of his account of the journey, written in diary form (folios 17-66). The last part of the report is formed of tables of data gathered during the journey (folios 67-72). The report contains information on distances, water, supplies, trade, human and physical geography, road conditions, and revenues.

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1 volume (74 folios)
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At the beginning of the volume is a table of contents arranged by subject with reference to the paragraph number.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 76; 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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'Report of Khan Bahadur Maula Bakhsh, Attaché to the Agent to the Governor General of India and Her Britannic Majesty's Consul-General for Khurasan and Sistan, on His Journey from Meshed to Quetta via Turbat-i-Haidari, Kain, Sistan, Kuh-i-Malik Siah and Nushki (7th April to 28th July 1898)' [‎27r] (58/156), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/363, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100060432561.0x00003b> [accessed 26 May 2024]

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