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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎53r] (106/133)

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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to tfe* frontioro of * tflato wk*n His Sjwolitfioy tho Yiooroy
pm>o it a Tioit • F«jr»«riy # whtu m now Ooworaor oaiso to
Isfahan or fcl***« mil th« offioiaXo mould &o out tho firot
sta^e to »««t feiffi* oo«« »hoo« a*«« wore hXunttr *w«n going
a wo«k 9 o Journty* l Joined our hoot in hie oar, and we aoon
oa&e in eight of the great fortreee, and found fcande of *«n
with the blood* red fla^ of Omm drawn up in deteelvsente a Ion
the road (photograi^ a number of wen were alee standing
cm the roof of the fort and ^ie* a good idea of ite si*«* ae
%mn got out of the ears ana ran tne gauntlet of there out-
throats* #h© fired a feu de aoie in our ears with erery tom
of old and new rifle no we ^aeeed along* i found this rather
a teat for the nereea, but fortunately had gueaeed mtmX wae
otog to happen* Ewen so, It ie a little a1©concertinr when
a enyder la fired from the hip Juet one’e ear,
at* »e went in through the great gates, after one or two
rife£it angle turns, but i wae unable to photograpli them as they
were in henry shade. They were magnif ioient piece a of wood,
(probably from the -alabar ^oaet which euppllea wool of the
boat buildlaj timber for thie ooaet), and as far ee one oould
judge about dOC year© old. Photograph ho*9 give© the impree-
©ion looking up at the outer wail Juet before *»oing in, and
here we were greeted with another fusillade by the sen on the
roof, the window* in this photograph are those of
room where we suhe©**u«nily ate.
2 d. The general plan of the fort ie very simple and
consist© of an enormous square with two huge circular bastions
at opposite ends of the diagonal, and, after climbing sumy
stairs, our host showed ue into the upper chamber* whieh can
be seen Just below the left h**nd body of wen on the roof in
photograph ho* 6 . He oame in and spoke to ue for a while but
/ presently
e dining

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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.’ [‎53r] (106/133), 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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