‘File 22/7 Fujairah’

IOR/R/15/2/943

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The record is made up of 1 file (21 folios). It was created in 7 Feb 1951-16 Nov 1951. 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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The file comprises correspondence relating to the Sheikh of Fujairah’s [Muḥammad bin Ḥamad Āl Sharqi] desire to enter into a treaty agreement with the British Government, thus putting his territory on a footing similar to those of the other Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. states. The principal correspondents in the file are: the Political Officer on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. (sometimes referred to as the British Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Sharjah: H D Michell; Arthur John Wilton); the 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. at Bahrain (Cornelius James Pelly); and 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel William Rupert Hay).

The file includes: correspondence between the Political Officer on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. and the 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. at Bahrain, relating to the Sheikh’s repeated requests for a treaty with and recognition from the British Government (ff 20-22); the Political Resident’s referral of the matter to Geoffrey Warren Furlonge of the Foreign Office in London (f 18), and Furlonge’s reply that the British Government would be willing to conclude an agreement with the Sheikh of Fujairah, provided the Sultan of Muscat was informed out of courtesy (ff 16-17); further correspondence relating to: the Political Officer’s attempt to make contact with the Sheikh of Fujairah, who, it transpires, cannot be reached by sea without ‘a walk through five or six miles through hostile or at least potentially hostile (Kalba) territory’ (f 2), and an offer received by the Sheikh of Fujairah from the Peter Pan Philatelic Company, to set up postal services in his territory (f 5).

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1 file (21 folios)
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The file’s contents are arranged in reverse chronological order, from the latest item at the front to the earliest at the end.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 23; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-22; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English in Latin script
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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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Unrestricted

Archive reference
IOR/R/15/2/943
Former external reference(s)
Confidential Files: 22/7

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7 Feb 1951-16 Nov 1951 (CE, Gregorian)

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