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'File 36/1 (1 A/7) American Mission in Bahrain' [‎88r] (175/262)

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The record is made up of 1 file (131 folios). It was created in 24 May 1934-7 Oct 1945. It was written in English, German 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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C G P*Y .
Kalba Oman CoasG.
f J • ^ • Ax*ab ia,
janu' ry 7,1944.
over the
his cheer-
Captain Tandy,
The British Consul,
The British Consulate,
Jear Captain Tandy,
I thank you, ana ohe Officer for sending
salaarsan ampoules. I thank ];r Harrison the Chaplain for
ful note when lie sent the 11 stuff” over, ^s yet the flour has not
arrived. The patient is much beuter buo I nave advised him to *0
in the launch^ to jr. Thom's hospital in liattrah where he may or he <
may non jet wellas you ioiow cerebal cases are so indefinite.
dince I have been here dhaikh Hcmiald has asked me if I
could leave Saham "and live here to help the people. I told him I
am free to do so and am willing to spend the remainder of my life
helping the Arabs of of the Dubai area. I told him 1 will go beck to
Saham until the end of April and then move over here. I spent many
years in Muscat treating the women and children bu* when I went on
leave to U.3. . in April 1939 I told H.H. the Sultan of Muscat I
wished to live in the villages and help the Arabs. He told me I was
very welcome to use any of his land wherever I wanted to be^in. so
X started in Saham nearly 'three years ago. A-oer 1 have seen this
place and how the people need a doctor I have decided to accept shoikh
Hamad 1 s invitation, nut I also wish t consu-t you about this ana ask
you for your consent, ana x-Jemission.
aince I have known a bit of the history of jubai territory
since 1910 I feel this opening is the result of the splended work_
done by finest type of British Consuls who have worked faithfully in the
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. despite th hardships of the climate, malaria and Moslem^
resistance, pay you younger men always live up to the high standard of
such men as General Dir Percy Cox, Coi^iray, Ools,Knox ^iravor, Sir Lionet
Haworth and others, outsiders cannot
between 1911 when no white p rson was
here and today these Arabs are asking
I informed Shaikh MamaH if _
no objection certificates I would send them home in my Board
doctor and his wife and also for a clergyman and his wife to
help me. But 1 want the clergyman to be so interested in the
work that he will study nursing as flUueh as he can so when he
hjsre I wish him to assist the man doc cor in the opei ations and laox
after the medical supplies that chey are not stolen. It may be the
doctor and the clergyman are si(fvcyu^men and will not need extra permits
but I think it is best to send the four to make sure of getting^the doc
tor here. I have a nurse Miss Kdna carter who is planning to join me
as soon as pres.loosewelt will will allow women to travel out. H.h.the^
Gultan of Muscat gave me a permit for her three ye^rs ago but n you tisr.
to mention her name also for this Jubai territory I shall appreciate it.
The person to whom 'the permits are tobe sent is Di‘• J.^ordon
Holdcroft Sec/ independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions,151
Maplewood Ave. philadephia, peon A low-ranking infantryman, orderly or assistant (South Asian context). ,Penn. U.S.i*. ton can rest assured no
missionary will be sent here who is not pro—British -or the men oi chis
Board are ci^tlfly of Scotch descent. Jr.Harold Laird is the Pres.and
Aev.Carl xa mc intire is the Treasurer, jr.Holdcroft the Sec. has spent
nearly forty years in Korea and knows how bitter has been the Japanese
in his Mission field.
If all goes well I plan J.V. to leave here after ten days or
may be a week for saham. shaikh Hamad has been ever and ever so kind and
courteous to me.
Understand the ^feat contrast
allowed to land in Dubai and up
for doctors to. come live among
you allowed me four permits or
for s man
come and
medical m
comes out
incerely Yours.
S.L. Hosmon.

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The file contains correspondence between British officials regarding employees of the American Mission Hospital in Bahrain.

The topics discussed include the appointment of Dr W H Storm to a position in Bahrain, visits made by Dr L P Dame to treat patients in Dubai and Sharjah (including a letter in Arabic from the ruler of Sharjah) and details regarding a number of possible candidates for employment as doctors at the hospital including their curricula vitae and references (some of which are in German).

The file also contains correspondence related to the activities of a female American missionary and doctor based in Kalba (on the Trucial coast A name used by Britain from the nineteenth century to 1971 to refer to the present-day United Arab Emirates. ) named S L Hosmon. This correspondence concerns her activities to date and her desire to bring more missionaries to the region to work with her.

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1 file (131 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 131; 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 present in parallel between ff 2-108; 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, German and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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