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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎20r] (40/133)

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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18. Th« attitule of the lereian Gtoirernioent could not
be more callous. They take no interest whatever in theee
areas that thqy administer so badly, and the sole object
appears to be to extract the maximum revenue in return for
the minimum service. livery fresh law or decree is simply
an excuse for further extortion and another nail in the
coffin of this coast. These territories are too remote
from the Capital to attract attention or secure redress, and
the Gann sir! is a shabby relation whom the plateau Persian
likes to forget except at election time. A travelling
inspector occasionally makes a quick stoop to relieve some
lesser bird of prey of a portion of his ill-gotten gains,
but ibr the most part the local officials are left to themselv
es. In fact, it is very probable that more is known about
this area by ourselves than the lersian Government, and any
effort at improvement has certainly emanated from us and not
from them.
19. It may be said that these areas should have had
their own shipping and fended for themselves. At one time
they did so, but the bulk of their carrying trade was ruined
by the cut-throat competition of the British India Steam
Navigation Company, aid I well remember the late Sir Hugh
Biscoe describing their monopolistic activities in Bandar
Abbas in the early years of this century. The decay of
their economy is now visible and our share in it plain, but
it is not so easy to prescribe a remedy and impossible to
do so in a brief compase • One tiling however is dear,
namely that until shipping restrictions are lightened and
import and export trade facilitated little can be done.
There is no life because there is no trade, no trade because
1 there are no tfiips, and no &ipe because there is no trade
j that will benefit us. I
I am sending a oopy of this despatch to the
Government of India.ais^ His Majesty f s Consul at Bandar Abbas,
and His Majesty’s SecBetary of State for India.
I have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your most obedient servant.
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 H.B.F.Consul-General, Bush ire.

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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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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎20r] (40/133), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3940, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069985478.0x000029> [accessed 5 April 2020]

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