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'File 9/50 (B 16) The Debai Incident' [‎31r] (68/492)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 25 Dec 1910-7 Aug 1912. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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Telegram.
To Trevor Muacat.
No. IB.
Dated Bth January 1911,
I ain sanding you a copy of proceedings and
report to Governraent regarding Debai incident.
Incident arose from Flag Captain asking Shaikh to
meet him and search a certain house. Shaiih failed
to turn up and Captain went ahead without him, and
party was fired oh and then a general fusillade
ensued. Shaikh was given 48 hours by us in which to
(1) re-erect tide pole which had been stuck up for
use of ships boat (2) surrender 400 rifles (3)
agree to telegraph installation according to treaty
if desired by Government (4) to deposit sura of
50,000 rupees Indian silver coin also widely used in the Persian Gulf. pending orders of Government with
probability of restoration of whole or part in the
event of his agreeing to Post Office and British
Agent. Shaiich complied. Please induce Sultaia sdtfe
either to hold aloof or give shaikh good advice in
direction of accepting British Agent and Post Office
I should be glad to know at once the trend of com
ment current at Muscat both as to incident and
action taken before I conclude letter to Government
by Sunday's mail.
Sent
R.F.
Cox

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This file contains reports and correspondence relating to an attack on British soldiers by Arab inhabitants of Dubai. The reports and correspondence are mainly between Lieutenant-Colonel P.Z. Cox ( 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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. and His British Majesty's Consul General), The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department at Calcutta and Sheikh Butti-bin-Soheil (Chief of Dubai) and discuss the reparation terms demanded by the British.

The file includes a naval report of the landing at Dubai by armed British soldiers and seamen led by Major Heriot of the Royal Marines Light Infantry, dated 25 December 1910, together with two pencil sketch maps of Dubai drawn from memory, showing buildings, the shore line, military positions and direction of fire during the attack, dated 26 December 1910 (folios 18-25).

The file also includes several letters in Arabic, mainly from Sheikh Butti of Dubai to Colonel Cox, together with English translations. Among them is a witness statement containing an account of the incident, together with the signatures and seals of 83 principal residents of Dubai attesting to its veracity, dated 5 January 1911 (folio 60).

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1 volume (238 folios)
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The papers in the file are arranged chronologically. There is a rough handwritten subject index on the inside of the front cover.

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There are two different foliation sequences in the file.

Original foliation sequence: every folio in the file, except two folios at the start and end of the file, have been numbered sequentially in the top right hand corner, starting at the front of the file. Folios 1 to 115 are numbered in pencil, folios 116 to 197 in red crayon and folios 198 to 241 in blue crayon.

Second foliation sequence: every folio in the file has been numbered sequentially in pencil, in the top right hand corner, starting at the front of the file.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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