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File 345/1908 Pt 2 'Mohammerah: situation. Sheikh's dispute with the Vali of Basra. decoration for Sheikh. renewed assurances to Sheikh.' [‎19r] (42/566)

The record is made up of 1 volume (281 folios). It was created in 1910-1915. 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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To—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Depart
ment.
M
I have the honour to reply to Foreign Department letter No. 2769-E. A., of
December 18th 1913, requesting the Resident to furnish the Government of India
with the draft of a formula which in his opinion would satisfy the Shaikh of
Mohammareh without committing the British Government further.
2. The late Mr. Lorimer addressed His Majesty's Consul at Mohammareh
on the subject and forwarded, for an expression of his opinion, the draft of which a
copy forms the first enclosure to this letter. He suggested that the best means of
communicating the same to the Shaikh would be by a written communication refer-
VUe enclosure 2 to this office letter No. 73- ^ J?™ , t0 ^ C °f S l ett « 307 of
2831, of 23rd October 1910, to His Majesty’s AotnUCtOber 1910, and Saying that Govern-
Minister, which formed an enclosure to Sir Uieilt had been pleased to substitute the
ttf2M I ol r £?9lo m “ ent ’ NO ' 2832 ’ dated ? ew formula for the last sentence thereof
in order to meet his wishes as expressed
to Sir Percy Cox.
3. Major Haworth, who had come down to Bushire specially to discuss this
and other matters regarding ' Arabistan with the late Resident, states that the
draft in question will in his opinion meet the case of the amended assurances per
fectly. He suggests, however, that in order to avoid all possible confusion it
would be as well to issue a new and revised version of the whole of Sir Percy's
letter No. 307 above referred to.
4. I have accordingly ventured to forward to Government for consideration
the draft which forms enclosure 2 to this communication and have drawn it up in
the form in which I would suggest it being communicatedto the Shaikh of Moham
mareh.
Enclosure No. 1.
These assurances are given for yourself and for your successors from among
your male descendants and shall hold good so long as you and they do not fail to
observe your and their obligations towards the Central Government (provided
always that the nomination of your successors from among your descendants
shall be subject to confidential consultation with, and the approval of, His
Majesty's Government), and so long as you and they shall continue to be
guided by the advice of His Majesty’s Government and to maintain an attitude
satisfactory to that Government.
■>
Enclosure No. 2.
No. , dated the
■ From—The British 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. ,
To—His Excellency Shaikh Sir Khaz’al Khan, K.C.I.E., Sardar-i-Arfa’* Am ir Nuyan,
Shaikh of Mohammareh and Dependencies.
After Greeting.
In supersession of Sir P. Cox's official letter No. 307, dated October 15th 1910,
I have the honour to intimate personally and in writing that I am authorised to
inform Your Excellency that whatever change may take place in the form of the
Government of Persia, and whether it be Royalist or Nationalist, His Majesty's
Government will be prepared to afford you the support necessary for obtaining a
satisfactory solution in the event of any encroachment by the Persian Govern
ment on your jurisdiction and recognised rights or on your property in Persia
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Correspondence including telegrams, hand written letters and printed enclosures, discusses an attack by a Turkish gun-boat on a village - Zain, belonging to the Shaikh of Mohammerah - which lay on the Turkish bank of the Shatt al-Arab waterway. The correspondence outlines the circumstances that led to the quarrel between the Turkish authorities and the Sheikh of Mohammerah, and suggestions that the Porte should be urged to replace the Wali of Basrah with a less aggressive official.

Correspondence discusses the proposal to give the Shaikh of Mohammerah assurances against naval attack, whatever the pretext for such action; letters and telegrams also discuss the award of a decoration (Knight Commander of the Indian Empire) to the Shaikh of Mohammerah.

A letter (dated 7 December 1913) from Percy Zachariah Cox, 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. , outlines the Government of India's interests in Arabistan including: the oil fields and their future; irrigation; railway enterprises; telegraphs; Russian and German activity.

Correspondents include Percy Zachariah Cox, 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. ; Sir Gerard Lowther, Ambassador to Constantinople; Charles Murray Marling, Ambassador to Tehran; Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign affairs; Francis Edward Crow, H M Consul at Bussorah [Basra]; Arnold Talbot Wilson, H M Consul at Mohammerah; Shaikh Khazal bin Jabir, Shaikh of Mohammerah; Wali of Bussorah; Viceroy of India.

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1 volume (281 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 345 (Mohammerah: situation) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/132-133. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 278; 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.

The folio sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the one ending flyleaf.

An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel throughout; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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