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'SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS AND MEASURES OF THE VICEROYALTY OF HIS EXCELLENCY LORD CURZON OF KEDLESTON, VICEROY AND GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF INDIA IN THE FOREIGN DEPARTMENT. I. JANUARY 1899-APRIL 1904. II. DECEMBER 1904-NOVEMBER 1905. VOLUME IV. PERSIA AND THE PERSIAN GULF.' [‎141v] (287/386)

The record is made up of 1 volume (189 folios). It was created in 1907. 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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2. The object of your visit is to inspect the Indian establishments that are
maintained in those parts, to visit the Arab Sheikhs who are in treaty relations
with the British Government, and to show by your presence the intention of
His Majesty’s Government to maintain a political and commercial ascendency
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. . You state that it is possible that at no point of your
journey will any but conventional declarations or assurances be required,
but that, if it should appear to you in any instance that a modification of the
existing arrangements and undertakings is necessary, you will refer your pro
posals to me after consulting with the Resident 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. .
3. His Majesty’s Government have no doubt that the effect of your visit to
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. will be to strengthen British interests in that quarter. At
the same time they feel assured that Your Excellency will recognise the dis
advantages which might, result from any impression that it indicates an inten
tion on the part of His Majesty’s Government to alter the status quo in the
Gulf and Maskat, as defined by international engagements.
4. Your Excellency’s position, both at Maskat and Koweit, will un-
doutedly be one of special difficulty. At Maskat, as you state, the status of
the Sultan is so defined by treaty that any modification of it depends on the
consent of the other Powers concerned in His Highness’s country. At Koweit
it appears to me inevitable that the Sheikh will be anxious to receive from Your
Excellency assurances of support in excess of those already given him. But
here again the situation is governed by international considerations. You were
informed, by my predecessor’s telegram of the 2(3th August last, that the
appointment of a British officer to reside permanently at Koweit could not be
considered otherwise than as a departure from the status quo on which His
Majesty’s- Government had laid such stress in their discussions with the Porte ;
and it will be necessary for Your Excellency to bear in mind, in your communi
cations with the Sheikh, the obligations imposed on our policy by the admis-
v 1 i s i° ns which, as stated in a recent despatch
l*o. 234, datiri 20th August 1203. , „• a \ J
to His Majesty s Ambassador at Constan
tinople, have repeatedly been made by His Majesty’s Government that Koweit
is within the Turkish Empire.
5. I have no doubt that Youi* Excellency thoroughly appreciates the force
of these considerations.
I have the honour to be.
My Lord,
Your Lordship’s most obedient, humble Servant,
St. JOHN BRODRICK.
15
No. 196 (Secret—External), dated Fort William, the 17th December 1908.
From—The Government of India, Foreign Department,
1^ 0 '“Tbe Right Ron blb St. John Brodrick, His Majesty’s Secretary of State for
India.
T\ bile 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. I received your letter (Secret) No. 34 of 6th
November, on the subject of the tour upou which I was at that time engaged.
Accounts of the proceedings have appeared in the European and Indian Press,
and it will not be necessary for me to repeat what has already been published.
There were several incidents and experiences, however, of my tour which for
obvious reasons could not be made public property : and His Majesty’s Govern
ment may, perhaps, be sufficiently interested in these to justify me in submit-

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Printed at the GC [Government Central] Press, Simla.

The volume is divided into three parts: Part I (folios 5-47) containing an introduction; Part II (folios 48-125) containing a detailed account; and Part III (folios 126-188) containing despatches and correspondence connected with Part I Chapter IV ('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. ', folios 28-47).

Part I gives an overview of policy and events 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. region during Curzon's period as Viceroy [1899-1905], with sections on British policy in Persia; the maintenance and extension of British interests; Seistan [Sīstān]; and 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. . Part II contains more detailed accounts of selected topics, including sections on British policy in Persia, customs and finance, quarantine, administration, communications, and British and Russian activity in Seistan. The despatches and correspondence in Part III include correspondence from the Government of India in the Foreign Department, the Secretary of State for India, and the Viceroy; addresses and speeches by Curzon; and notes of interviews between Curzon and local rulers.

Mss Eur F111/531-534 consist of four identical printed and bound volumes. However, the four volumes each show a small number of different manuscript annotations and corrections.

This volume contains manuscript additions on folios 8, 11-12, 14, 42 (a sixteen word note concerning the use by the Shaikh of Koweit [Kuwait] of a distinctive colour [flag] for Kuwait shipping), and 62-66.

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1 volume (189 folios)
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The volume contains a list of Parts I-III on folio 4; a table of contents of Part I on folio 6; a table of contents of Part II on folio 49; and a table of contents of Part III on folios 127-129, which gives a reference to the paragraph of Part I Chapter IV that the despatch or correspondence is intended to illustrate.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 191; 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. Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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'SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPAL EVENTS AND MEASURES OF THE VICEROYALTY OF HIS EXCELLENCY LORD CURZON OF KEDLESTON, VICEROY AND GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF INDIA IN THE FOREIGN DEPARTMENT. I. JANUARY 1899-APRIL 1904. II. DECEMBER 1904-NOVEMBER 1905. VOLUME IV. PERSIA AND THE PERSIAN GULF.' [‎141v] (287/386), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F111/534, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100070118030.0x000058> [accessed 19 August 2019]

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