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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎35r] (70/133)

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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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T«»b to •trvioo thft Xi^thouna* md 9 ae th«r# wa® no •wll, we
v e r « a^x® to Xmxd at the north «nd of th® i®X»n4 which ie nearer
th# Xi^thoua®! and the noreiaX aid® for e®rvloin^ it * oet oi
th«»® itaif iiiand® hav® hioh«r ground to th® north than to the
eouth and are ueuaXXy abated lik® a •tin^*r«g^ with a tail ol
eand or sandy beach to the southward* iu»b was bXoaaamin^ Xik®
the roe® and covered with aXX uttawicr of wild fXowerei t* aiarkeu
change from ti>e burnt»up slag hea^ that 1 had aeen Xaat ^orefa*
b®r* Tou will reoepber that in ay letter &o* J/75 of the let
february 1940 1 mentiojiCd that I had euggeeted to the Port
director at Baera that the ereian wat«i* 3 &n ®he\ Id be replaced
by a eubjeot of th® dhaikh of al Khaiaah 1 Thia ie no*t
being done and he will be replaced a® ®oon a® they ear* find
someone elec to take on the work* Th® uhaikh*• representative
wa® away again* and had gone to some neighbouring
4* The cal» weather* a ®ine < 4 ua non for lighting and
buoying work* continued* and having time in hand I asked the
*h®arohus* to ta&e is® to ^usa a® 1 wanted to see the red
oxide deposits* These were aost interesting* and by the
side of the beach on th® southern ®hore of the Island we
found an enorgiou® pile ready for shipment varying froia a dark
port wine odour to a light red. 11 the men who work it are
covered with it* and look like gnomee^n some sort of perpetusl
Hdi feitival, ii* fact tr.e red oxid® it®«lf looks oxactly like
the powder tor own about at this b»ati-va4. > t the side of the
ssain pile wa® a iBiall collection of some black shiny sand
which looked like the gunpowder that schooluoys buy tor their
toy cannon* This apparently is specular haewatits*
5 . m walked inland to the nearest aines* and arrived
just as th# hundred or so workmsn were knocking off* There
were so»e home-made looking shafts, but the deposits occur
/ chiefly

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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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. 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)

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.’ [‎35r] (70/133), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3940, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 April 2024]

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