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'File 19/218 (C 84) Bahrain Succession' [‎14r] (29/210)

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The record is made up of 1 file (103 folios). It was created in 9 Dec 1932-26 Mar 1942. 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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liivued in
allov /ances and in this they have been led by His L'ajesty the King,
who,xiimse 1T y of his own Tree v /ilL,has surrendered a very large sum
from his Civil List in order uO help his Empire and to show an
example to all his people. The other Members of the Royal Family
have 0 -iven up large sulis for the good of the Empire,and x.he people
have also been called upon to make sacrifices,which they have done
in the hope of restoring good conditions of trade and employment.
Tot long ago T advised Your Excellency to make all the
savings that were possible in the Civil List and especially thau,

when any member of the \1 Khalifah Family (God preserve you) should
pass away,it would be wise uo lei his allowance lapse to the State,
wholly if possible,or in any case to reduce it ^.o such an amount
as might be essential for the needs of his dependants# I am very
glad to learn that Your Excellency has followed my advice in the
case of the allowance of your late Father,His Excellency Shaikh Sir
Isa bin Ali al Khalifah. By this means part of the very serious
deficit in the Budget of the State has been met.
T also congratulate Your Excelleacy and the Members of the
Al Khalifah Family on their wisdom in continuing to observe the well
known customs that all property of the Al Khalifah reverts to the
possession of the "Ruler,and that no Al Khalifah property shall ever
be disposed of to persons outside the Al Khalifuh Family. It would
be most .mfortunate if the ancestral property of the \1 Khalifah
;/ere to fall into other hands and so impair the position of the
luler of Bahrain and the position of the M Khalifah as a Ruling
T am afraid that T have had to paint a somewhat gloomy
picture,but I hope and believe uhat better times are coming and that
Your Excellency will,in uhe years to come,see Eahrain once more
restored oo a position of jealuh and prosperity. It is possible,
for instance,that the discovery of oil ma^ improve the financial
position of the State. I hope most sincerely that this may be so,
but it would not be prudent until it is quite certain that oil
exists in commercial quantities to build hopes of this and,in any

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The documents contained in this file relate to issues regarding succession in Bahrain after the death of Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa in 1932 and Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in 1942.

The file contains detailed discussions of the personality of Shaikh Hamad as well as assessments of the character of Hamad's three most-likely successors, his uncle Shaikh Abdullah bin Ali Al Khalifa and two of Hamad's sons, Salman and Abdullah.

The succession of Salman as Hamad's successor is discussed in detail and a report regarding the circumstances of Hamad's death (from a stroke) is also contained.

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1 file (103 folios)

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

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Loose, unbound sheets in a file. Foliation - circled pencil numbers on the top right-hand corner of each front-facing page - starts on the front cover of the file and continues until the inside cover. The file has an inconsistent foliation system in uncircled pencil numbers also on the top right-hand corner of each front-facing page. Foliation errors: 9A and 9B

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