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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎56r] (112/133)

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.

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«• crossed e ditoh o<i ths ri^t ot tto« cloture Tiis
photogrsrb is not • sns# but iiivss so®« idto of ons
of the hu^s b»stioiis f whiofc, uXtbou^b i>nrtl^ ruiasd t is stiU
▼ory iffli/rtssirs cuid would resist anything except big guns or
heavy aerial bombing, ft found on Feyes* Mission that the
shells from our mountain guns had no effect whatever on small
mud forts, ehloh frequently had walls ae much at 15 fset thick.
26. Our return was a little more difiioult as oui host
tried to take a short out by the west side of the fortress to
the left of the pioture, which involved Jumping a stream which
had been bridged with large blocks of stone. Our sump got
caught on ons of these blocks of stone, but after much grinding
of the clutch we finally passed over with the assistance of 10
or 15 men, leaving our exhaust pipe behind. l mention these
details to show the treatment that cars may expect in this
territory. Our host then insisted upon reversing the Isti^beO,
and accompanying us on our way, but the long Buffering oar
was seriously wounded and *fter steaming away like a aamovar
and firing upon a steadily decreasing number of cylinders, it
finally came to an uncompromising halt. ©thing deterred, oui
host sprang out and bundled me into another car, and drove on
until he felt that honour was satisfied, when he allowed us
to say goodbye.
37, The next day we left for 2 oh&r, and the pilot, uuj.
became more than ever neoeesary as the road lay along the
unending shore of the Batineh, with occasional incursions
inland to avoid the mouths of the wadis running down to the
sea. v hen inland, the track was narrow and there was only
just room to scrape pact the thorny trees end bushes. Rement
rain had brought out some flowers and there were hedges of an
aloee plant in bloom which looked exactly like a pale variety
of the red hot poker that one sees in parks in England, the
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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 Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. 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.’ [‎56r] (112/133), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3940, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100069985478.0x000071> [accessed 5 April 2020]

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