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'File A/7 Draft of slave treaty with Bahrain' [‎2r] (5/40)

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The record is made up of 1 file (18 folios). It was created in 10 Jun 1913-8 Mar 1914. 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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Copy of a letter No. 2413-G dated 26th December 1915
from the Assistant Secretary to the Government of India
In the Foreign Department, to 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. ,Bushire.
In continuation of the endorsement by the Goyemment
of India in the Foreign Department, No. 1659-G dated the
2nd September 1915, I am directed to forward a copy of a
despatch from His Majesty's Secretary of State for India
No. 52-Secret, dated the 7th | regarding the exercise
November 191S with enclosures.}
v of slave trade jurIsdiction
by 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. , Bahrain.
2. I am to request that, at the end of six months from the
date of receipt of this letter, you will take the requisite
steps towards the conclusion of a slave trade treaty with
the Shaikh of Bahrain in accordance with the instructions
of the Secretary of State for India, and report the result
to the Government of India before the terms of the proposed
Treaty are finally arranged by you.
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The contents of the file relate to British jurisdiction over the slave trade in the Gulf. Folios 1b-11 are a letter dated 28 January 1914 (with enclosures dating back to June 1913) from 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. (John Lorimer) to 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. in Bahrain (Major Arthur Trevor). The letter refers to a proposal from the 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. in London, that 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. in Bahrain be given legal jurisdiction in slave trade cases arising in the Gulf. A number of the enclosures included with the letter are memoranda exchanged between officials in the 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. and Foreign Office in London, noting the legal difficulties in providing jurisdiction over the slave trade in the Persian coast and Bahrain courts, because neither are in His Majesty’s dominions, or are an East African court, which already had jurisdiction in slave trade matters (folio 8).

To circumvent these difficulties, a new slave trade treaty with the Shaikh of Bahrain was proposed, under instruction from the Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey. Drafts of the new treaty (in English and Arabic, folios 15-18), which was in part based on the 1873 Slave Trade treaty with Muscat and the 1882 Slave Trade Convention with Persia, were forwarded by Trevor to the Resident in March 1914.

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1 file (18 folios)
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The contents of the file are arranged in approximate chronological order. Enclosures to correspondence are arranged in chronological order after the letter they were enclosed with.

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Foliation: The file is foliated from the front cover to the inside back cover, using circled pencil numbers in the top-right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. . The following foliation anomalies occur: 1a, 1b. There is no folio 1 (the front cover is numbered 1a).

There is evidence of insect damage, in the form of holes, throughout the file. This damage is not sufficient to impair the legibility of the file's contents.

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