'File 38/2 Miscellaneous Assistance to Sheikh of Kuwait'

IOR/R/15/5/93

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The record is made up of 1 file (621 folios). It was created in 5 Jan 1905-8 Jul 1932. It was written in English, Arabic and Urdu. 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 related to assistance provided by 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. , Kuwait, and other Government of India offices to the Shaikh of Kuwait. The correspondence is mostly between 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. , Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. 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. , Government of India (Political Department), Political Offices in Basra and Baghdad, and the succeeding Shaikhs of Kuwait (Mobarak [Shaikh Mubarak bin Ṣabāḥ Āl Ṣabāḥ], Jabir [Shaikh Jābir II al-Mubārak Āl Ṣabāḥ], Salim [Shaikh Sālim bin Mubārak Āl Ṣabāḥ], and Ahmed [Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ]). Further correspondence is from the Revenue and Judicial Commissioner in Baluchistan, Office of the Comptroller at the India Treasuries, Basra Customs House, Civil Transport Officer at Basra, High Commissioner for Iraq, British Legation in Tehran, 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. , Bahrain, several Kuwaiti merchants, and a number of British firms wishing to sell their products to the Shaikh.

The file contains the following:

  • papers concerning the destruction of locusts, including 'Memorandum on the Destruction of Locusts', 12 June 1902, by Major J Ramsay, 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. and Deputy Commissioner, Quetta-Peshin (folios 6-9)
  • papers connected to assistance given to the Shaikh for the manning, repairs, and purchase of parts for his boats
  • papers concerning the loan of vessels to people close to the Shaikh
  • papers related to the arrangements for loans from the Government of India to the Shaikh
  • papers connected to assistance given to the Shaikh for the purchase of a variety of things, such as hawks, motor cars, garden produce, and paint
  • correspondence, customs receipts, and export statements connected to the regular check that imports from Fao were for the Shaikh's personal use (and thus exempt from duty) as declared
  • papers connected to assistance given to Kuwaiti merchants in India and Persia
  • papers concerning the exemption from Indian custom duty given to the Sultan of Muscat and the Shaikhs of Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar
  • catalogues from various British firms hoping to conduct business with the Shaikh
  • papers connected to the case of stolen camels and the effort to track them down.
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1 file (621 folios)
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The file is arranged in rough chronological order.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 623; 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 2-355; these numbers are also written in pencil or crayon, but are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English, Arabic and Urdu 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/15/5/93
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File 38/2

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5 Jan 1905-8 Jul 1932 (CE, Gregorian)

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