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The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit [Kuwait] and Mohammerah. Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914. Case for the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown and Opinion thereon T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers' Department, 29 Mar 1933. inc The date gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah. Historical summary [undated] [‎24r] (47/70)

The record is made up of 1 file (35 folios). It was created in 29 Mar 1933. 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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8. In 1935, owing to a technical flaw in the ohei::h
of Koweit's title, an initial test case, relating to his
title to the Bashiyeh garden, was successful. lis
Majesty's Government took a serious view of this threat
to the Sheikh's titles to his gardens and put forward in
May, 1953, a proposal that if the Iraqi Government would
undertake to secure the Sheikh of Koweit in the possession
of his gardens. His Majesty's Government would favourably
consider paying both the Sheikhs compensation in respect
of their future losses under the new system ox ^axc-oion.
v .hen King Feisal was approached by Sir F. Ilumphrys on these
lines, he promised him in the presence of I uri Pcsno., tao
Iraqi Minister for Foreign Affairs, that he would see tnat
the Sheikh was not dispossessed of property acquired by
bona fide purchase: he afterwards, during his visit to
England in the summer of 1933, reaffirmed this intenoion,
and, after his death, the present King of Iraq gave his
word to Sir F. Humphrys to honour his father's undertaking.
9. Action was however suspended on this proposal, and
early in 1934 Sir F. Humphrys reported that there was little
likelihood of the Iraqi Government implementing an arrange
ment of this nature, and put icrward as likely to be accept
able to the Iraqi Government an alternative course, in
volving a contribution of not more than £2,000 by his
Majesty's Government towards the cost or validating ohe
Sheikh of Koweit's title to his gardens. Assuming that
there was little likelihood of making real progress with
the 1933 proposals s Sir F. Humphrys' suggestion appeared
to provide the only alternative to arbitration. Although
the/

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This file contains a British Government report (folios 1-19) regarding promises made by the British in 1914 to the rulers of Kuwait and Mohammerah concerning their ownership of date gardens in Iraq.

The report contains a description of the situation and the legal opinion of T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers of the Crown. The report includes an appendix containing copies of a number of relevant memorandums and letters.

The file also contains an undated report (folios 20-35) entitled 'The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah' that provides a detailed historical summary of the case.

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1 file (35 folios)
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The file is divided into two sections; the 'Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914' and a 'Historical Summary'.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence commences at the first folio of the former and terminates at the last folio of the latter; 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.

Pagination: Each section of the file also contains an original and distinct pagination sequence.

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The Date Gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit [Kuwait] and Mohammerah. Scope of undertakings given by HM Government in 1914. Case for the opinion of the Law Officers of the Crown and Opinion thereon T W H Inskip and F B Merriman, Law Officers' Department, 29 Mar 1933. inc The date gardens in Iraq of the Sheikhs of Koweit and Mohammerah. Historical summary [undated] [‎24r] (47/70), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/18/B468, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023252882.0x000030> [accessed 11 November 2019]

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