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'Red oxide on Abu Musa, 1898-1934' [‎1r] (1/12)

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The record is made up of 6 folios. It was created in May 1934. 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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Memo .IJo.B.43-3.
Note by Sir p.Cox
dated Gtii February
F.O«Memo»to German
July,1908. P.3523/08, German
Embassy dated
6th Dec.1911,P.4859/11.
A concession in respect of red oxide deposits
on xibu Musa was granted by Sheikh Salim-bin-Sultan
ex Shaikh- of Shargah, while acting as Regent in
the absence at Mecca of his nephew Sheikh Sagar-bin-
Khali d, Ruler of Shargah, on 10th April 1898 to
Hassan Samaiyeh, his son Abdullah, and Isa bin
Abdul Latif, son of 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 Shargah.
The ruling Sheikh on return "saw nothing
objectionable in it, and so I acquiesced in it".
The concessionnaires are described in the subsequent
official correspondence as British subjects. In
1899, the ruling Sheikh associated himself for a
few months with the concession. The concessionnaires
started the regular mining of oxide a few months
later, their plan of operations being to keep about
50 coolies on the island extracting the oxide in a
leisurely way and accumulating heaps of it with
which to fulfil orders when received. On 1st June
1906 Herr Wonckhaus entered into a contract with
Hassan Samaiyeh to buy oxide f.o.b. On 21st
February 1907 the Sheikh of Shargah cancelled the
concession on the ground inter alia that Hassan
Samaiyeh had entered into his contract with Herr
WVhckhaus without the Sheikh's approval, A lengthy

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This memorandum was prepared by John Gilbert Laithwaite in May 1934 and comments on the history of the concession of red oxide on Abu Musa [Abū Mūsá]. The concession was granted in April 1898 by Sheikh Salim bin Sultan [Sālim bin Sulṭān Āl Qāsimī] while acting as Regent. On his return the ruling Sheikh, Sagar bin Khalid [Ṣaqr bin Khālid Āl Qasimī], saw nothing objectionable it. The concession was made to Hassan Samaiyah, his son Abdullah and Isa bin Adul Latif [‘Īsá bin ‘Abd al-Laṭīf], son of 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 concessionaires were described as British subjects and the interest in the concession of Herr Wonckhaus [Robert Wonckhaus] and Frank Clarke Strick is detailed. The memorandum also describes the claim of the Persian Government to Abu Musa and notes that the concession granted for five years to Frank Clarke Strick in January 1923 expired at the beginning of 1928 but there is nothing to show that any application was made for a renewal.

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6 folios

The memorandum is arranged in ten paragraphs.

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The main foliation sequence commences at the first folio and terminates at the last folio; 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. A second parallel foliation sequence is also present between ff 2-6; these numbers are typed, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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