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'File 26/185 V (F 96) Shaikh of Mohammerah' [‎158r] (323/472)

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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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his natiye country and tiiat he had repeatedly seen everyone
in the Baghdad Embassy and that he had merely taken these
men with him because he was uncertain what reception he
might receiTe* I told him that if he were eyer to return
to Persia again, he could be quite certain what reception
he would receiye 9 as he would almost certainly be hanged*
4* He then asked me tfiat he should do* He had sold
all his property in Iraq» and could not return there as
they would imprison him 9 nor could he liye for eyer in
Kuwait. He had no funds and was too proud to beg* He
could not forget that he was the son of Sahikh Khazal.
He asked me to tell him as a father tfaat he should do•
I replied that it was easier to tell him what not to do and
that was neyer to return to Persia as he would certainly be
executed. As for what he should do now I would require
time for thought.
5« Shaikh Khaza^s family is^ of course^ now no
concern of this Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. 9 except in so far as our omission
to honour our bond affects our good name afoong the Arab
States in the Gulf* Only the other day Mr* Jameson of
the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company informed me that Major Holmes 9
trunp card in blocking a purely British oil concession in
Kuwait had been the fate of Shaikh Khazal* Mr. Harold
Hicholson when Charg^ d* Affaires at Tehran» drew attention
nearly twenty years ago to the fact that nothing had been
done to carry out our promise, and little progress appears
to haye been made since then. My ii^pression is that sooner
or later His Majesty's Goyernment will haye to subsidise
Shaikh Abdullah bin Khazal, and probably other members of
his family as well 9 but the first point to be settled
appears to be the terms upon which he can be allowed to
return to Iraq.
6* I am sending copies of this despatch to the
Goyernmant of India and His Majesty's Ambassadors in
Tehran and Baghdad and 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. 9 Kuwait.
I have the honour to be,
Sir.
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Your most obedient servant.
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. , 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. .

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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)
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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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