Extract From a Despatch From the Government of India to the Secretary of State for India in Council, Dated September 21, 1899, Relating to British Policy in Persia.
Folio. 11, (1) pp. Sewn.
Contains an extensive discussion of the de jure and de facto status of navigation in the Arabian Gulf: legally, the "western and southern coasts are partially owned and partially claimed by Turkey, or are in the occupation of Arab tribes, who have entered into Treaty relationships of varying character, constituting a sort of veiled Protectorate with Great Britain. The islands in the Gulf are owned either by Persia or by Arab Chiefs (in the case of Bahrein under British protection) [...] The de facto position upon the waters and on the shores of the [...] Gulf refelcts a more positive British predominance than the preceding paragraph might indicate. In the early years of the [19th] century the Slave Trade was rapant in the Gulf [...] This conflict [...] resulted in the establishment of Treaty relations with the great majority of the Arab Chiefs, under which they bound themselves to observe perpetual peace, and to refer all disputes to the British Resident at Bushire [...]".
Slight duststaining to cover, but well preserved.