File 4011/1923 Pt 1 'PERSIAN GULF NEGOTIATIONS 1928-33. BASIDU.' [29r] (62/1306)
The record is made up of 1 volume (649 folios). It was created in 22 Oct 1923-29 Nov 1933. It was written in English, French and Arabic. 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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i.nclosuije No,2 to i.ast indies Letter
N0.766/E.I.3273.J of 3lat Got.1933.
SJi.fl M a T.
Knqniry amongst local inhabitants
at Basidu - 27th October 1933.
All goods entering Persia are taxed.
£„ i Jp° v °f 2 Tar . a certain Talue* exported are taxed
u Ho^ciport tax is charged on goods entering British’
beloS. fr jm irerEia but this iB P r ^ably because the ralue is
EiLju uae ^ to be allowed to anchor off and
b 7 arrangement with the fcniam
to b ?L 31n 5 e t " at date a11 dhows are reJJiMd
pe n ian Basidu and pass their goods throw-h ftp d
Customs. If proceeding to another Persian Fort tfeT tre
doubt a hSvpf 0 ?h C t r fv icate -- Ihere appears to beVo
ssH. !4*s "‘bPi." ! iSssa^. BtIU3l ‘
Si 0 " „
K,tt ri «a S # 0aS8S wou ^-f v e re ported to the Consul at Bandar ibb^
but so far as could be ascertained no case had been so
ipolitic*! ovnr^etfi Th ! Consul gave instructions in a case of dispute
°Ter settlement of land in Basidu in 1903 / that theV
letUr KoJO-Bssidn “t iP ^ ,P^d his next periodical tSu L
of 28.1.03 Th inhabitants do not appear to be subject to any
to Enolo.l ) The ftudir is said to hare stated in 1^33 that ’’hoi
??U£Z.? § ZtJ°i l the late caretaker) not
to interest himself with actainistration works such as tie
deciding of cases between litigants or adjusting the cues of
f1 if pu i t f^ egard ^l°v st donkeys and other animals as thise
are all the rerk of the Police Officer, a Governor or a Law
Court presumably Persian), which tends to shew that tin
caretaker did exercise jurisdiction in such matters.
Q/Mnss «?! ing ta l £e ? the Persians in Kisha Island.
experienced with the country districts
but no attempt had been made to take census of the inhaii-
^ats of British Basidu although the officials had been
operating just over the border.
loasQripti,OB Bo attempt has been made by the Persians to conscript
Pfald? Populace. So far as could be ascertain^
cwnt-y P di°t ^t* 10 * 6Bneral in ?8rsia . certainly not in the
. ao_ taxes. The Persian Officials collected
tninto " aX *-\ 0CC | 31 on » ^kis was probably due to uncer-
bj til Prii?iiS aS™i“ d «■« »“ "‘“"ibb
tk» T^ 4 e<re i 8 a mona ®ent in the cemetry at Basidu erected by
In.iian government in 1913 to the memory of those who died
«t Basidu or nearby stations. it is inscribed
’Lest they be forgotten’
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This volume relates to the British occupation of Basidu, situated on Kishm [Qeshm] Island in the Gulf, close to the south coast of Persia [Iran], and occupied by the British since the early 1820s. It is stated in the correspondence that the site had been used mainly as a coal depot for British naval vessels until 1913, and that since then it has been retained on 'political grounds', as a potential bargaining asset in negotiations with Persia.
The correspondence primarily concerns the British claim (or lack thereof) to Basidu, in the event of the Persian Government questioning Britain's ongoing occupation. It covers the history of Basidu's status and the various existing agreements that relate to it, as part of an attempt by the British to gather documentary evidence to support their claim. Also discussed are a number of reported incidents at Basidu, involving British representatives and the local Persian authorities, mainly regarding customs, taxes, and the presence of the British naval guard. In addition, the correspondence touches on Anglo-Persian relations in general, with occasional references being made to ongoing treaty negotiations between the two countries.
The volume's principal correspondents are as follows: the 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. ; the British Minister in Tehran; the Senior Naval Officer 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. ; officials of 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 Foreign Office, the Admiralty, and the Government of India's Foreign and Political Department. Other notable but less frequent correspondents include the following: the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India; the Viceroy of India; the Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies Station; the Law Officers of the Crown.
Included with the correspondence are several related documents, including the following: two sketch maps (f 622); copies (in English and Arabic) of a treaty dated 1856 between Muscat and Persia, in which the Imam of Muscat acknowledges Kishm Island as being part of the Persian Empire (f 179 and ff 221-223); draft and final copies of an 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. memorandum dated 18 October 1933, outlining Britain's understanding of the history of the status of Basidu from 1720 to 1928, including extracts from nineteenth century reports and related correspondence (ff 46-54 and ff 123-159); a submission of reference, prepared by 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. and the Foreign Office, for the Law Officers of the Crown, requesting the latter's legal opinion on the strength of the British claim to Basidu (ff 43-45 and ff 67-83); a copy of a secret report on Basidu, prepared by the Commander-in-Chief at the East Indies Station, containing extracts from the East Indies Station's records and notes from the Senior Naval Officer 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. (ff 16-38).
The Arabic language material consists of the aforementioned treaty text. The material written in French consists of small extracts from correspondence and treaty articles. It should be noted that there is no material covering the years 1924 and 1925.
The volume includes two dividers, which give a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. These are placed at the back of the correspondence (ff 4-5).
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- 1 volume (649 folios)
The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.
The subject 4011 ( 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. Negotiations) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/1094-1095. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one volume.
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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 651; 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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