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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎92r] (191/472)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (233 folios). It was created in 17 Nov 1939-16 Nov 1946. It was written in English, 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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(POLITICAL BiiSIDEHT, PKttijlAH GULf'J .
To;- H.E.Sheikh Sir Khazal Khan, F ctf .■ ^
Amis N oovp >i • ^V^lVh nf t/r- ■> ' # *. '• 3 - - • • S• I» j ^ardar Arfa.:
-oo/an, sheikh of Koharanerah and its append;. ^s.
After Compliments.
betv4ef n'roSvermlnron^n!^ J ^ 0rnin 2 yon of the outbreak of war
other, I have the hononr to i '^ o ^, Go ^ crrjr! ? nt J on the
by my Government to make a request to vou in t-«wL ™
res-nectp? 1 p o ov. *i i y- i ^ J --- pfi? t iA.it]i our './Wo
SfSit ;'= I ?S;f„J 1 ..SS at .r"s * ***?*. ««
and separating same from the Ottoman^Governnent! ' Sasrah
do your utnost' in induCing^^ ^^
of Turkish ■ppinfm—ov^v+.c- 4-^ ^ L in Iraq prevent the arrival
ci rurKi^n - xn orcements to Basrah or to r urneh if Dos^^'bl untn
liiile sent^to"sasraA front.^ hpPe ^ ***>' S00 " arrIve here and '
tss 8^g SSoS^tffcSpS; V f0 "
Basrah should be your first goal, it is neceso'a^ tJ at you do your best
in preventing your soldiers from looting the properties of British
merchants m Basrah and its suburbs, also to proi^ct the Uves and
properties of other Europeans living there. F " " — v — - n '- 1
1nA^t^ C ^ n | e ^f 0r / 0Ur finable help in this important matter, I am
ed in to P ro,aise y™ that once we have lucceed-
, 0 -,* L ^ J - 'o Basrahj which I am very certain we will. "TnshalIsh"
letSr'tbarS.^^tt? ^ ^ ^ 1 alL^pr^ise^o^ofiA this
• I ■ '' Jiis Bnttctnic Majesty's Government will reader you everv
assistance necessary for solving difficulties arising between vou anc^
^ ; er "' ian .Government in future, and to protect your legitimate ri^ht^
?! 1CI i: anCi ? T/J -jhm the Persian territory from any aggression intended by
c?L P ^ S1 ^? 0Ve i™ t - . This state will remain ifforce in ail circS-
prlnc- rMe- 10 ' UCr P er "S-an Government adopts despotic or constitutional
a L.-^i 10 Gove rnment will also protect you within her power
against any foreign aggression and undertakes to protect your Sheikhdom
^17°^ ^S^i^e rights and territories in Persia.. This promise'is
? 2 e ^ tende d to yo-or successors from your children am this will rer.ain
i" , r ? r ? e as ^ and ^ our successors act in coincidence with the
provisions of the treaty you have with the British Government, and
proviaec that you .listen to the advice of the members of this Government
and treat them in the most favourable way.
I It is also provided that the appointment of a Governor for
^ohammerah must have the approval of the British Governrent, r and it
place after a secret consultation with the representatives
or that Government.
ij "ft-th regard to the Persian Government, we shall always do our
utmost to preserve Your Excellency's local Independence as it is the
case now.
. , With regard to your lands on Shatt al Arab's bank on the Turkish
side, _ we also undertake to exempt these properties from any kind of
taxation as long as they are in your or your successor's possession.
I may add that I am quite confident of your old friendship with the*
British Government and that you will do your utmost in this important
question, and in conclusion I assure you of my best wishes and regards
(Signed) S.G.Knox.
Resident and Consul General of H.:,!. 1 s Government
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. .
Dated 1914.

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The volume contains correspondence pertaining to the relatives of the late Shaikh of Khuzestan, Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī. The correspondents include the 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 Bahrain, 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 Kuwait, Government of India, Foreign Office, 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. , British Ambassador in Tehran, British Ambassador in Baghdad, Middle East Office at Cairo, British Consul General at Ahwaz, Vice Consul at Korramshahr, and two of Khaz‘al's sons, Abdullah [‘Abdullah bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī] and Chassib [Jāsib bin Khaz‘al Āl Ka‘bī].

The matters covered in the volume include:

  • compensation to be paid to the heirs of Sheikh Ahmad of Kuwait and Sheikh Khaz‘al for taxes [ istiḥlāk ] paid on estates that they should have been exempt from;
  • the intrigues and actions of Khaz‘al's sons, ‘Abdullah and Jāsib, including small-scale incursions into Khuzistan [Khūzestān] from Iraq and attempts to garner Arab and British support for their return to power in Khuzistan;
  • where to settle ‘Abdullah after his return from Persia.

Folios 64-69 are letters in Arabic, signed by several of the heads of leading Arab families in the region, petitioning the 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. for help against Persian oppression.

Folios 214-228 are internal office notes.

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1 volume (233 folios)
Arrangement

The volume is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: There is an incomplete foliation sequence and a complete foliation sequence. The complete sequence, which should be used for referencing, is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the title page, on number 1, and ends on the last folio of writing, on number 228. There are the following irregularities: folio 1 is followed by folio 1A. It should be noted that folio 67 is contained in an envelope which is attached to the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio 66, and folios 71-72 are in an envelope which is attached to the verso The back of a paper sheet or leaf. of folio 70.

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English, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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