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Coll 30/200 ‘Persian Gulf. Tour of Political Resident from Bahrein to Muscat in L. T. Nearchus.’ [‎58r] (116/133)

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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Muzaffar bin Suleiman,
trie ^alJ,^iiHj»tlf «&• a alaTt • but i mm aatlai^atin^*
29• Tan mile a out from ,ohar had a juncture, and while
it waa being mended 2 ohatted with eome paaaera«b^* They told
ua that our whip had arrived in 3ohar name three houra before
and knew all about ua« 2 got into oonveraation with a youth
who waa leading a beautiful young ehe camel with the llghteet
of waddlee, ade of red muni material on a dark wood frame,
and a black goat hair bridle with gold bucklea* 2 waked his
her name, how long ehe had been riiden, and how old ehe waa,
arid he tola me that her name waa aehah, thut ehe *me two yeara
old, and that it waa her first day out and that ha would ride
her at a walk on hour a day for two montha. *hile he waa talk*
ing, the graceful fccaat looked over hie afaoulder aa thou da ahe
would join in the oonveraation. Though 2 have a keen noae ehe
had none of the uapleaaant ssmell which la uauaily aetouiated
with these creaturee# Thare uaed to be a secretary of the iort
Trust in Karachi, one .aynond cooper, who waa a naturaliat, and
he had a theory that if a carat*! was only treated fairly and given
nice clean hay and grain to eat it would eeteli aa eweet aa the
moat favoured animal* i arhapa Maehah had received moat favoured
animal treatment l Ka asked who 2 waa, arid before I oould reply
a byatander told him that 2 waa *ar*geeident^* The people in
thi* part ©f the world know we by thla atyle and not ae * 0 * 1 **
al.Khalij*, which ie wy title on the real of the .rab abort,
and the iolltical Agent ia the "nuneul* # Thia word anjoya the
broken Arabic plural ^qunasil*!
50• * hen we got to aohtu* we found the .*&li and a large
body of men collected outside hit splendid fort (photograph
Ho*x5) which must certainly date back to Pcrtugueac timea*
The normal gathering of eut~thro*te waa augmented by a large
/ body

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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.’ [‎58r] (116/133), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3940, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 April 2024]

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