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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎36r] (72/133)

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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Qhitfly in pook«t» # *nd h»v« to b« folloeod wherever they lead*
So»eti©ee the sitiere ehdtavour to gueee lie line and elnk a
oireu Xar well to dleoover whether it eontimiee la a definite
direotioii or not* The ssen, who were a oheerful lot, told we
that a wan had been killed last year in a eubeidenoe, and 2
notioed a nowber q£ modern pit prop* Wd been broadht in and
were being need in the new workin^a* on the way back to the
eteamer we looked down over a little cliff into the aea and
aaw a young ehark about ? feet long swimming inehore in a
leisurely way* **# had been thinking of bathing bat gave up
the idea*
6 * on my return to the steamer a ; r« rooook who was work
ing the mines on behalf of the Golden Valley Oaide Gompany had
some off to see me* He is apparently a mining engineer by
profession, though his last employwent appears to have been
running a "road house* I He told me that the Bines had not
been properly worked in the past, and the labourers had been
paid at pieoe rates which encouraged them to concentrate on
the e»all deposits of hlghtr grade oxide, or *pioking the eyes
out of a mine*, as it is called* He confirmed that a man had
been killed last year and said that he had introduced a more
scientific system of working* he told m that he had 1500 tone
of red oxide auditing shipment, out had no idea when htrloks
would send a steamer for it* The oxide is apparently used in
making paint, and though it was thought the present deposits
were not likely to last very l«n prospects have recently
improved and further supplies are in sight* he said that he
doubted whether the deposits at Tsmb Island would be of any
value, and added that the isrsiaa concession at Hormua, which
he bsllevsd to be richer, was being worked by a Russian
syndicate*

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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)
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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.’ [‎36r] (72/133), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3940, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069985478.0x000049> [accessed 22 April 2024]

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