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'File 53/7 X (D 54) Kuwait Affairs, Bin Saud (Captain Shakespeare's Deputation)' [‎26r] (62/436)

The record is made up of 1 volume (218 folios). It was created in 4 Jan 1915-25 Jan 1923. 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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This file contains correspondence regarding relations between the British Government and Abdul Aziz ibn Abdulrahman ibn Faisal Al Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd (Ibn Saud)]. The correspondence also discusses political developments in Kuwait including the deaths of Shaikh Mubarak Al Sabah (f 76) and Shaikh Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ (f 138). Other regional rulers including Khaz'al Al Ka'bi, the Shaikh of Mohammerah and Shaikh Ḥamadān bin Zāyid Āl Nahyān, the ruler of Abu Dhabi are also discussed in the correspondence.

The file contains a detailed letter (ff 2-10) to Major Percy Cox, British 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. , from Captain William Shakespear, former Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Kuwait (and then acting as Political Officer on Special Duty). The letter discusses Captain Shakespear's recent visit to Ibn Saud and outlines his attitude towards the British Government and lists the advantages of making Ibn Saud "a British vassal for good". The death of Captain Shakespear at the Battle of Jarrab in January 1915 is reported in the file on folio 26.

The file contains correspondence between Major Cox and Ibn Saud regarding the development of his relationship with the British Government and Ibn Saud's attitude towards the Ottoman Empire and Germany. The file contains a précis regarding relations of the British Government with Ibn Saud from January 1917. The précis was prepared for the Director of the British Government's Arab Bureau in Cairo by the Bureau's Chief Political Officer in Iraq, it contains copies of a number of relevant letters and agreements between the British and Ibn Saud.

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1 volume (218 folios)

File is arranged in chronological order, from earliest at beginning of the file to most recent at end.

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Foliation: There are two foliation sequences in this file. The most complete sequence, which should be used for referencing, is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the title page, on number 1, and runs through to the last folio of writing, ending on 208. The following foliation anomalies occur in the file: f.1 is followed by ff.1A-C.

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'File 53/7 X (D 54) Kuwait Affairs, Bin Saud (Captain Shakespeare's Deputation)' [‎26r] (62/436), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/480, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 21 January 2017]

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