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'11/18 EXCHANGE OF MAILS BETWEEN HASA & BAHRAIN' [‎6r] (11/142)

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The record is made up of 1 file (69 folios). It was created in 16 Feb 1932-30 Oct 1940. 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.

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From
ihe Foreign Secretary to the Croyernment of India
To
His Majesty’s hnyoy extraordinary and Minister
Plenipotentiary in the Dominions of his Ma.estv
tne King of the Hejaz and of uejd
ani its Dependencies, Jedda.
\
Dated, Simla the 27th May 192$
Sir,
i am directed to refer to letter from the Hon’ble the
Political Kesident in the Persian ualf, j^o 347 of 193a, dated
the 14th February 1932, a copy of which was sent to you direct, |
and to say that in deference to the wishes of the Hejaz-aejd
uovernment the Government of India are prepared to arrange for
trie introduction of postal communication between hasa and the
outside world via Bahrain. ihe Arrangement will be on the
following lines
U) Da lira in will be the office of exchange on the side of
India and Hofuf should be the office of exchange on the side
of Hejaz-JTejd. Hofuf post office will close mail bags for
Bahrain containing correspondence for Bahrain, Iraq, Persia,
India, and the Indian office* of 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. as well as for
other Foreign countries. ±n the reverse direction, all
correspondence for hofuf and the neighbourhood will be collected
at oahrain post office which will prepare a bag addressed to
the nofuf post office, xhe exchange of mails between nofuf and
hahrain will be effected under the rules of the universal postal
Union, as nejaz-hejd and India are both parties to the
universal Postal Union.
UiJ xhe hejaz-nejd Government will have to arrange at their
own cost for the weekly conveyance of mail in both direction s
between i^hrain and Hofuf so as to maintain connexion with
the British r n di a n ateam navigation Company's subsidiary
subsidiary

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This file concerns the exchange of postal services between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and covers:

  • 1932-1933 (ff 2-30): the conveyance of post between Hasa [al-Aḥsā’] and Bahrain, as well as between Hasa and other foreign countries via Bahrain;
  • 1934 (ff 31-43): Saudi Posts, Telegraph and Telephone Department establishing a daily mail service between Bahrain and Hofuf [al-Hufūf] and Katif [al-Qaṭīf];
  • 1933-1934 (ff 44-51): use of Arabic language in the wording of the 'Bulletin de verification' (ff 44-51);
  • 1935 (ff 52-61): the exchange of mails between Bahrain and Hofuf and Katif and the discontinuance of the use of the term 'Agent of Hofuf at Bahrain' (ff 58-61);
  • 1940 (ff 62-69): the conveyance by air or surface of letters for the outside world by air or sea mail, which it is stated must be posted at Al Khobar [al-Khubar] with Saudi Arabian stamps (ff 62-69).

The correspondents in the file 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. 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. at Bushire; 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. at Bahrain; the Superintendent of Post Offices, Lower Sind and 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. in Karachi; and the Postmaster at Bahrain.

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1 file (69 folios)
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The papers are arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file. File notes appear at the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; 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. An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-33; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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