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'French intrigues in Persia and Attempts of the French to acquire the Island of Cameran in the Red Sea' [‎233v] (466/466)

The record is made up of 1 item (233 folios). It was created in 23 Sep 1804-14 Jan 1807. It was written in English and French. 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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The item consists of correspondence and extracts of papers relating to French influence and activities in the Red Sea (often referred to as the ‘Arabian Gulph’) and Persia [Iran], sent to the Chairman of the Court of Directors The London-based directors of the East India Company who dealt with the daily conduct of the Company's affairs. , Charles Grant, and the Secret Committee Pre-1784, the Committee responsible for protecting East India Company shipping. Post-1784, its main role was to transmit communications between the Board of Control and the Company's Indian governments on matters requiring secrecy. .

Matters covered include:

  • French efforts to establish a trading and military settlement on the island of Cameran [Kamaran] through the agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. of Syed Mahomed Akil [Sayyid Muḥammad ‘Aqīl]
  • The preparations for and progress of an expedition to the Red Sea to counter French activities
  • The plunder and destruction of the American ship Essex by Syed Mahomed Akil and his followers
  • Discussion of the legality of seizing Syed Mahomed Akil and his ships
  • Antoine-Alexandre Romieu’s mission to the Court of Persia as an agent of France
  • French influence in Persia, Bagdad [Baghdad], and Aleppo
  • The impact of any agreement reached between France and Persia on Anglo-Persian relations
  • A second French embassy to the Court of Persia following Romieu’s death in Tehran
  • Hajee Mohsen’s [Ḥājī Muḥsin] deputation to Tehran to gather intelligence on French activities and to try and counter their influence
  • The proposal of Sir Harford Jones, Resident at Bagdad, that he travel to Persia as British Envoy
  • The dispatch of a Persian Embassy to France
  • Hostilities between Russia and Persia along the latter’s northern frontier.

Correspondence regarding the Red Sea comes from the following: the Government of Bombay From c. 1668-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Bombay [Mumbai] and western India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. It was responsible for British relations with the Gulf and Red Sea regions. ; Sir Edward Pellew, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies Station; the Government of Bengal From c. 1758-1858, the East India Company's administration in Bengal. From 1773-1833, the most senior of the three subdivisions of India, also known as the Supreme Government of India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. ; Lieutenant Charles Court, Commander of the Panther , at Mocha; the Government of Madras From 1684-1858, the East India Company’s administration in the city of Madras [Chennai] and southern India. From 1858-1947, a subdivision of the British Raj. ; Searkrun/Searkum Kirjee, East India Company Broker Often a local commercial agent in the Gulf who regularly performed duties of intelligence gathering and political representation. at Mocha.

Correspondence regarding matters in Persia comes from the following: Samuel Manesty, Resident at Bussorah [Basra]; John Barker, Consul General at Aleppo; Harford Jones, Resident at Bagdad, and John Hine, Acting Resident at Bagdad; William Bruce, Acting Resident at Bushire [Bushehr]; Alexander Stratton, Ambassador at Constantinople; Leopold Sebastiani, Prefect of the Catholic Mission in Ispahan [Isfahan]; and Lord Viscount Castlereagh, First Commissioner for the Affairs of India.

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'French intrigues in Persia and Attempts of the French to acquire the Island of Cameran in the Red Sea' [‎233v] (466/466), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/G/29/38, ff 1-233, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100135135014.0x00004c> [accessed 1 December 2023]

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