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'Red oxide on Abu Musa, 1898-1934' [‎3r] (5/12)

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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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19 23 of the red oxide deposits in Abu Musa
on tiie following conditions:
A single i.mediate payment of Rs.6000.
Royalty of Hs, 2 per ton on any
minerals exported ^jith a guaranteed
minimum payment of Hs.SOOO annually
whether any minerals were exported or not.
It is not clear whether the agreement
was, as originally contemplated by the Company,
subject ' T to the usual restrictions regarding
liberty of action on the island and freedom
from other dues". Nor does any formal
expression of the undertaking regarding British
control referred to in the preceding paragraph
appear to have been included. It was decided
at the time that the undertaking in question
sufficiently met the practical necessities
of the case and that this point need not be
4. On E7th April 1923 Sir Percy Loraine
telegraphed to the Foreign Office that he
had learned confidentially that the
concessionnaire (the Moin-ut-Tu^jar) of the
Hormuz Oxide Concession was urging the
Persian Government to raise the Persian claim
to Abu Musa, couple that to Bahrein, and
refer both matters to the League of Nations.
"As he has considerable political importance
he may succeed in persuading the Persian
Government to send an agent from a Gulf
port to endeavour to stop work at Abu Musa".
The fact that the Persian claim to Abu Musa*

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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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