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File XXXII/12 '1. Finances. 2. Customs Duties (Sur). 3. Financial Crisis, 1931. 4. Treaties with France and America' [‎93r] (190/266)

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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better from the British Dmitrissy, Washington, to
the °ecretary of State of the United States/Washington,
No.182, dated the May 3rd 1930.
I have the honour to inform you, under instructions,
from His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for
Foreign Affairs, that the State of Muscat and Oman, in
South Eastern Araoia, with which His Majesty’s Govern,
ment in the United Kingdom are in special relations, has
suffered for a period of several years from a condition
of increasing financial stringency, and a critical
situation has now arisen which calls for an immediate
remedy. After much careful consideration of the problem,
the Sultan and his advisers have reached the conclusion
that an improvement in the financial position of the
State can only be effected by an increase in the rate
of the tariff on imported goods, and that it is important,
in the interests of the prosperity and good government
of the State, that this proposed increase should take
effect with the least possible delay.
The right of the Sultan of Muscat to raise the
tariff of the State beyon—d a rate of five per cent, isj
however, limited by Article 3 of the Treaty between the
United States and Muscat of 1833, in accordance with
which ’'vessels of the United States entering any port
v/ithin the Sultan’s dominions shall pay no more than
five per cent, duties on the cargo landed”. Unless
therefore the United States Government will consent
to waive its rights under this Treaty, no general
increase in the tariff will be practicable, and it will
be impossible to adopt the suggested remedy.
In these circumstances the Sultan desires that
the United States Government should be approached with

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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' [‎93r] (190/266), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/6/49, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100063310110.0x0000bf> [accessed 25 August 2019]

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