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‘File 41/1 Licences for Arms carried by Nakhudas’ [‎40r] (79/112)

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The record is made up of 1 file (53 folios). It was created in 29 Dec 1936-26 Mar 1949. 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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Translation of letter dated 29th Shawal, 1365) (25th Sept, 1946)
from H.E. the Ruler of Qatar, to 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. , Bahrain.
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Reference your kind letter No.wi002 dated 4th Sept,
1946 (8th Shawal, 1365) regarding consignments of arms and
ammunition which you say that they will arrive for sale in
the Arab Coast of the Gulf.
You have not said from where these arms will arrive,
and I would like to know these sources. I shall be gpnrirargMir
to inform you that I like cooperation with the representatives
of the Great Britain in all matters required by the circums
tances and I will exert my effort as possible as I cam. As
you have referred to the agreement of 1916, I take this
opr.ortunity to remind you of some of its provisions which
say that the Great British Government will allow us with a
quantity of arms and ammunitions and so on every year. I think
you are aware that several years have passed away and we have
not obtained anything of that (arms) which has caused us to be
in need of arras and ammunitions. You know that people like
us in the present situation and circumstances to be careful
and prepared, we need a large quantity of arms and ammunition
t& preserve our territory and supply our men,soldiers, and
policemen with arms when necessary. The situation urges that
we should be provided with materials and men for the sudden
exigencies and to preserve peace. For these reasons we request
you to arrange fior a permit to import what is possible of arms
and ammunition and to afford your friend an assistance in this
case, because the necessity required it. I am confident of
your assistance and cooperation with me in what I have saftd

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The file comprises correspondence relating to licences for arms carried by the nakhudas The (usually Arab) captain or master of a local boat. of boats on the Arab coast of the Gulf. Correspondents in the file include 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, and the Rulers of Abu Dhabi, Kalba, Qatar, Ra’s al-Khaymah and Umm al-Qaywayn.

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1 file (53 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end. The file notes at the end of the file (ff 51-54) mirror the chronological arrangement.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 56; 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 2-35; 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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