'File 14/5 Correspondence regarding Postal arrangements at Shargah and Dubai'

IOR/R/15/2/1418

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The record is made up of 1 file (266 folios). It was created in 11 Oct 1932-27 Mar 1940. It was written in English and Arabic. 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 contains correspondence and telegrams discussing the proposal to open a Post Office in Sharjah and Dubai. The Ruler of Sharjah requests that the name of Sharjah is printed on the stamps. The file also contains agreements with Imperial Airways for the delivery of mail, and arrangements for a suitable office at Sharjah. Whilst the Ruler of Dubai is initially against the opening of a Post Office in his town, further discussions develop in 1938 for the opening of a Post Office in Dubai (sketch on folio 208).

The principal correspondents are: the Ruler of Sharjah (Shaikh Sulṭān bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī); the Ruler of Dubai (Shaikh Saʻīd bin Maktūm bin Hasher Āl Maktūm); Imperial Airways; the Mesopotamia Persia Corporation Limited; the Superintendent of Post Offices, Lower Sind and 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. Division, at Karachi; the Director of Post and Telegraphs at Karachi; the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent at Sharjah (Khan Bahadur Isa bin Latif, and from 1936 Khan Sahib Husain bin Hasan 'Amad); the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Kuwait; 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. ; 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.

There is some correspondence in Arabic, with English translation, with the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent at Sharjah, the Ruler of Sharjah and the Ruler of Dubai.

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1 file (266 folios)
Arrangement

The papers in the file are arranged chronologically. There are notes at the end of the file, on folios 236-277. The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the file.

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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 268; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 4-235 and ff 236-267; these numbers are written in a combination of pencil and red ink, but are either partially circled or not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic 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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IOR/R/15/2/1418
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English Office Files: 14/5

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11 Oct 1932-27 Mar 1940 (CE, Gregorian)

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