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File XXXII/12 '1. Finances. 2. Customs Duties (Sur). 3. Financial Crisis, 1931. 4. Treaties with France and America' [‎69r] (142/266)

The record is made up of 1 file (129 folios). It was created in 18 Dec 1928-31 Dec 1930. 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.

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withdraw to his native hills. The Sultan, with a state that was at any
rate solvent, a little money in his treasury to enable him to maintain his
position as an Arab ruler, and his authority to some extent re-established,
and confident that he could rely on the support of His Majesty’s Govern
ment in the future, might change his whole outlook towards life, and con
tinue to occupy the Muscat throne for many years to come. Even if he
did not do so and we were ultimately compelled to agree to his abdication,
these measures would enormously facilitate the task of his young and in
experienced son and enable him to commence his reign in more favourable
circumstances than would at present be the case. Both on account of the
position of Muscat at the entrance of the Gulf and of the projected air
route it would seem essential to maintain the stability of the state, and l
would therefore urge that we should strike while the iron is hot and that an
early decision should be taken on these two questions.
10. I am sending a copy of this despatch to His Majesty’s Secretary
of State for India.
(6-A.)
Telegram P., to the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Bitshire, No. 469-S., dated the
11th February 1930. (Repeated Political, Muscat.)
Reminder to [Serial No. (5)]. Not printed.
(7)
Telegram P., from the Hon’ble the Resident, Bushire, No. 159, dated
the 15th February 1930.
Please refer to your telegram No. 469-S. of the 11th instant [Serial
No. (6)]. Delay due to fact that Thomas and Sultan of Muscat have
both been away for a month. Sultan and Thomas are expected back daily
when a reply will be sent as soon as possible.
( 8 )
(Received on 22nd February 1980 with Political Secretary’s letter No. 6,
dated the Cth February 1930.)
Letter from Foreign Office, to 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. . No. E. 6207 ; 166] 91, dated
the 31st January 1930.
I am directed by Mr. Secretary Henderson to inform you that your
letter No. P. 6567 of the 27th November [Serial No. (4-A.)], regarding
the proposed increase in the tariff of the State of Muscat, has engaged his
attention.
2. It is of course impossible to foretell what will be the attitude of
the French and United States Governments towards a proposal that they
should agree to such a revision of their treaties with Muscat as will permit
of a higher duty than five per cent, being levied on goods carried in French
and American vessels. Mr. Henderson, however, sees no reason to antici
pate that such objections as they may raise will prove insuperable, or to
fear, in the present case, a repetition*of the difficulties experienced before
the war in obtaining the consent of the French Government to the regula
tions for the prevention of the illicit trade in arms in the Sultanate (cf.,
P. G. 13, pages 45 and 46). He would, therefore, should Mr. Secretary
Benn so desire, be prepared to approach the French and United States
Governments in the matter, and he concurs in the proposal, put forward
in paragraph 7 of your letter under reply, that the Sultan of Muscat and
Oman should he moved formally to request His Majesty’s Government to
take action accordingly.

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This file contains correspondence between British officials (primarily at the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Muscat, the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in Bushire and the 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. in London) concerning economic problems in the Sultanate of Muscat and the consequent need to raise its customs tariffs in order to increase state revenue. Much of the correspondence relates to potential issues that this proposed increase could cause with the United States of America and France due to treaties those two countries previously agreed with the Sultan of Muscat.

In addition to internal correspondence between British officials, the file also contains a limited amount of correspondence with US and French diplomats and one letter in Arabic (with English translation) from the Sultan of Muscat, Taymūr bin Fayṣal bin Turkī Āl Bū Sa‘īd(folios 52-53).

In addition to correspondence, the file contains the following documents:

  • 'Note on the Financial Aspect of Our Policy [in Muscat]' 1928 (folios 5-6)
  • 'List of the monthly allowances paid by the Muscat Govt. to the Frontier Shaikhs. 1927' (folio 48)
  • Draft revised treaty between the United States of America and the Sultan of Muscat (folios 120-121).
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1 file (129 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 foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 131; 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 between ff 5-128; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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File XXXII/12 '1. Finances. 2. Customs Duties (Sur). 3. Financial Crisis, 1931. 4. Treaties with France and America' [‎69r] (142/266), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/6/49, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100063310110.0x00008f> [accessed 21 August 2019]

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