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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎55r] (110/133)

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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o€ tipttixi «a<i i«rtu^;al ii«re united for torat yteirtf ana thin
•Jtpl&ilns th# prtot^ott of thtee upmnlah pieoea* iinfortunatel^
tht light n&* too di» to photograph theca* In our wandering*
we found an opening above the main door f evidently intended
to pear boilin oil or other bleoeingo on the heads of unwelooete
gate to and Kloklftbothaa aaid that there waa reputed to be eene
kind of booby trap in the passage iessediately ineide the dt or
lined
whioh precipitated the attaokoro into a pit/with sharp atakoa*
There were eo£»e very deep wells in addition to the etreac* fro©
the fal& 4 t ao that if the latter wae blooked or diverted the
oen and beseta inside would not be without water*
ad* ** evening drew on, we heard a few ahote fired and the
sound of ohanting getting closer and oloeer, and then eaw
(photograph Ho*lO) bodiee of men, each with an mani banner
winding into the court yard* They were all ar&ed, eome
brandishing naked eworde, and singing in ohorua with a refrain
and an occasional shout* The line aeroae this photograph is
one of the bare of the window whieh unfortuna sly gat in the
way* Before leaving, 1 asked our host if we taight photograph
him, and was fortunate in obtaining an excellent snap, (Ko*ll)»
of this imposing figure who might have etepped straight out of
the Thousand arid one lights* He is a very handsome nan with
^reat oharm ox manner, and is a distant relation of His Hlghnesst
in fact if the ouitsn died tomorrow it le net inconceivable
that he &i : fr% succeed hia*
3 fi* l cnpreceed a desire to ace the other aide of the
fort, and, after pasting through the lines of men^at-artse, our
host drove me in his car through the village* There was no
road, nor was the village designed for aotaring, and the houses
cut rathere off the oar as m went by, and shortly afterwards
/ wo

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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.’ [‎55r] (110/133), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3940, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069985478.0x00006f> [accessed 22 April 2024]

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