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File XXXII/12 '1. Finances. 2. Customs Duties (Sur). 3. Financial Crisis, 1931. 4. Treaties with France and America' [‎122r] (248/266)

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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received under 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. endorsement Do.6765/3
dated 13th November 1930).
P» 6765/30
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. ,
WHI TEHALIi, S. .V. 1.
6th November 1930
My dear Rendel,
Earner wrote to me on 20th September ( letter.
No.5190/433/91) enclosing an enquiry from the Chancery
of the Washington Embassy as to whether the new Treaty
to replace Article 3 of ‘the Treaty of 1833 between the
U.S.A. and Muscat should be drawn up as betv/een the
President of the U.S.A.and the Sultan of Muscat or as
between the President and H.M.the King.
I now write to say that we agree with Varner's
suggestion that the Treaty ought to be oetween the Pres id
ent and the Sultan. His Highness is still an independent
Ruler, who controls his own foreign relations, and in the
present instance we are acting merely as his agents, in
virtue of a written request from him, based on the
absence of any Regular Muscat! representative at Washing
ton and Paris. ihe analogy of uan^ibar, which has been
a British Protectorate since 1920, is not of course a
true one.
Yours ever,
sd/Gilbert Laithwaite

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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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File XXXII/12 '1. Finances. 2. Customs Duties (Sur). 3. Financial Crisis, 1931. 4. Treaties with France and America' [‎122r] (248/266), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/6/49, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100063310111.0x000031> [accessed 21 August 2019]

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