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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎19r] (38/133)

The record is made up of 1 file (64 folios). It was created in 29 Apr 1940-1 Oct 1946. 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.

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15* I then went to eee the wireleefc fetation
whicii was under Japtain .-dimed'e charge* He had been
supplied with comprehensive orders by Jap tain Keen,
when he was at Bandar .dibas. Instructing him how to
proceed, and it wag clear from hit remarks that he
was suffering from a slight excess of zeal* He
complained bitterly of the dishoneety and incapacity
of the local iersian off id alt ana appeared very anxious
to set the acta inis tr&tl an right, but i advised him to
proceed slowly and stick to the duties outlined for him
which were to control the wireless station and supply us
with what information he could secure* K* ie, however,
a very promising young man, with «|ulte a respectable
knowledge of tertian, and i have every hope that under
>r* Rogers' direction he will prove entirely satisfactory*
He controls the isdrelesc station by the simple process
of locking the door of the place and taking the key away with
him md did not consider it was possible to immobilise the
macnineiy during his absence, but was <iuite certain that his
method was fully effective* the actual work of transmission
is supervised by him personally* He has, however, made
certain other arrangements to keep himself informed of the
Telegraph Master'a actions*
«
I than visited the light house and inspected Its
me onanism and m quite convinced that my original diagnosis of
it a irregular! ty was correct, ly that it had not been
signalling; to ax. 13 submarines but that the personnel had been
misappropriating the fbel for the lamp*
• 15* It is coca si anally suggested that Persians cannot
abide Indians in a position of authority *nd that it is out of
the question to utilise them in this country* while it is oleai
that a Dravidian coolie is not likely to have much influence,
1 have never found that there is any objection to Indians of
good status, especially those from Northern India, and I have
frequently recommended their employment* 1 was much impressed
by the success attained by dap tain Ha»san in the Kerman
f 1 district, in a post that brought him into conflict with vested
interests, and it is interesting to record that Captain Ahmad,
who is almost straight from college, has at.t^lned a complete
asowdanay over his area, without, so far as I could ascertain,
any objections using raided*
17* My distinguished predecessor, the late Sir Percy
Cox, prophesied that the raising of customs dues and the
extension of Persian bureaucratic control would lead to the
decline of the south Persian ports, and that Sharjah and Dubai
would rise in their place* this has largely come to pass
thanks to the Pahlavi regime, but the war has greatly increased
their difficulties* _ The restrictions upon exports to and
imports from India, Iraq and the T>*S*a*, the diversions of
shipping and the dislocation of internal security have had a
deadly effect and caused untold misery to thousands, in fact
there can be few areas, apart from Central Europe, which will
have paid so great a juries for the ultimate Allied triumph*
In 1941 I met many colonies of Persian emigres on the Batlnah,
and numbers have sold themselves into slavery in order to eat*
Last Spring the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. Bahrain saw hundreds of 4
destitute Persians who were crowding into the Truoial Coast,
and counted ten corpses on the beach at Sharjah in a single
mornir^i •

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The file contains papers, mostly correspondence, relating to: a tour of Muscat by Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Geoffrey Prior, 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. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and HM Consul-General, Bushire, in February 1940; his journey from Muscat to Bahrein [Bahrain] in the ship LT [Lighthouse Tender] Nearchus ; and a later tour of Bandar Abbas, Jask and Chahbar [Chabahar] in Iran by Prior in November and December 1943.

The correspondence includes the following letters from Prior to the Secretary to the Government of India External Affairs Department: a letter dated 26 April 1940, which consists of a detailed account of his trip to Muscat, including the day he spent at Kuwait with Lieutenant-Colonel Harold Richard Patrick Dickson, and a stop to refuel and meet the Senior Naval Officer at Khor Kuwai [Khawr al Quway‘] on the way to Muscat, with twelve enclosed photographs [IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 22; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 23; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 24; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 25; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 26; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 27; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 28; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 29; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 30; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 31; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 32; IOR/L/PS/12/3940, f 63]; and a letter dated 29 April 1940, recounting Prior’s cruise from Muscat to Bahrain, with stops at Qais [Kish] Island and Ras Tanura. Copies of these letters were sent from Prior to Roland Tennyson Peel at 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. .

The file also includes: a copy (sent from Prior to the Secretary of State for India) of a letter from Prior to Sir Reader William Bullard, HM Minister, Tehran, dated 28 January 1944, which contains a report of his tour of Bandar Abbas, Jask and Chabahar; a letter in response from Bullard to Prior dated 22 February 1944; and a letter from the Foreign Office to Bullard, dated 23 March 1944, regarding Prior’s report.

The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 file (64 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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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 66, 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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