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'File W/4 Hostilities in Persia: Tangistan Blockade; Confiscation of Tea for Tangistan' [‎46r] (91/411)

The record is made up of 1 file (203 folios). It was created in 28 Jul 1915-30 Jul 1918. It was written in English, French, Arabic and Persian. 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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Translation of a letter flated the 19th Phil Qad 1553
29th September 1915.
Shaikh Qasim bin Mahza Chief Qazi of Bahrain to Major T.H.Keyes,
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.
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I have received your letter and understood its contents. I
know quite well how busy you are on mail days. But possessing the
knowledge I do, I do not wish that the least thing may happen
contrary to your justice. Today since the morning I have been
busy with large numbers of people who came to visit me. Each of
them gave vent to the grief felt at what has happened to Yusuf
Fakhru and the severity with which he is being treated and express
-ed what a shock the incident has caused to the subjects of the
country. When my ears became tired by the recital of their grief
and I rose from my Court and asked for an interview with you; but,
as it could not be arranged, I therefore say that you are in-
effieient in diplomacy. You are supreme in your position. Your
orders are not to be disobeyed. You can pass such orders as will
prevent Yusuf Fakhru from doing what you do not like and from
interfering in the politics of your Government in future. What
is Yusuf Fakhru but under your orders, as he is neither a Govern
ment nor an agent of your enemy. Why should you use a stick in
place of ^ words and a sword in place of a stick and thus efcouisi
disturb and hurt the feelings of the subjects and of their Ruler,
while your object could be gained by the one word from you. Do
you wish to sow the seeds of enemity for you in the hearts of
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peaceful subjects. They will attribute harshness to you. Before
this they have never received such a thing from you. Your honour
and your office know that I am a fast and sincere friend and in
all matters I proclaim your justice very loudly. Verily I have
given evidence about your justice after thoroughly acquainting
myself with your way of administration. I have always found it
to be on the lines of righteousness. Justice, clemency and Kindness
You may therefore accept my advice in this matter as I am with you
and for you. Increase attachment and not hatred specially at this
-time x)f heart rending disturbances.

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This file contains correspondence between the British 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. at Bahrain and the British 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. at Bushire, as well as Sheikh ‘Isā bin ‘Alī Āl Khalifah, ruler of Bahrain, and Sheikh Qāsim bin Mahzā’, Qāḍī of Bahrain.

The correspondence concerns the anti-British revolt of the Tangsiri and Qashqai tribes, headed by Ra’īs ‘Alī Dalvārī under the influence of Wilhelm Wassmuss, and the aftermath of their attack on the British Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire on 12 July 1915. Included within the correspondence are: letters concerning the occupation of the town of Bushire, British counter-raids and the death of Ra’īs ‘Alī Delvārī; the imposition of a blockade on Tangsiri boats operating 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. ; statements and customs papers (Acquit de Sortie and Permis de Cabotage) from various Bahraini and Persian nākhudā s (dhow boat captains) gathered by 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. ; the arrest and detention of Yūsuf Fakhrū on suspicion of political dealings with Germany; attacks against British diplomatic missions and residents in Persia, including Shiraz and Isfahan; and information concerning German activities in Persia during the First World War.

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1 file (203 folios)
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This file is arranged approximately in chronological order.

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Foliation: Foliation is written in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. It begins with the first item of correspondence, on number 2, and runs through to 201, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.

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English, French, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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