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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎54r] (108/133)

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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withdrew •ftowiiigj; un * little door which led to
* coaveuieottf furnlehed with * mmil box of smooth Hot gobbles#
s ewer oi water a basin* Tint passed* said we got hungrier
»nd hungrier, having breakfasted at an eatl^ hour* Finally we
got Hiokinbothest to reconnoitre and see ahat had beocae of our
host* and he returned to say that he wets sitting just outsias
the door I Verily *al ajala ^in us«» <hai tan wa as-sabr as in
ur- ahsian l* (Haste is from the ;v j^/an-i pa tie not from tto
ksroiful)* a aollation aonsisting of hot tea and sweet biscuits
was now brought to us in a Japanese tea set decorated with
crossed rsneni flags and a portrait of the bolter* and we then
settled down to another long wait* eventually getting a frigid
lunch at 2*15* Provided an i® ense numb^i of plates are set
out in fours down a rush-mat table cloth the host feels that all
obligations have been met and the fact that the majority of the
dishes are stone cold in no i.a v appears to detract from a feast*
23* lifter lunch our host suggested that we wight like to see
the fort* Hickinbotha^ bad told us th&t he had never been known
to admit visitors before* in fact practically nous of his rela
tions had ever got beyond the threshold, and 1 noticed that the
doors were closed immediately when we went in* Owr tour, how
ever, ms a fascinating one, and we wandered from one gallery
to another fcj hidden passages and stairways and ladders* The
strength of the fort lay in the tremendous thickness of its walls
and doorway, the fact that there was a stream of* water
from a f&l&j or kare* running through it, and the two enormous
bastions which can be seen very cleanly In photograph ko*a*
can. on
In one of these there **r« two more oi those magnifieent brast^
with the *»jr s of toyal ^pain, and the inscription of the Jap tain
General of the rtillery, aubeoy has drawn lay attention to a
passage in Wilson*s ** eraiai* Gulf # which e^ows that the drowns

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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.’ [‎54r] (108/133), 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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