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'File 12/15 Political Agent's tour' [‎186v] (372/469)

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The record is made up of 1 file (233 folios). It was created in 19 Jan 1937-1 Feb 1945. It was written in English. 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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down a number of date palms; and there was a lot of
movement and bustle at the port,where boats were being
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loaded with lucerne for Bahrain and salug (dates boiled
when immature) and dibs (date juicej/. (I was told that
the embargo on the export of dates from Oatif did not apply
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to salug and dibs).
6. The Amir of A1 Khobar was present -wh4^_e his brother,
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the Amir of Qatif, waa antertia-ining tea. In accordance
with a suggestion which I had previously made to Mr. Chliger
the conversation was directed by him to the subject of food-
supplies. The Amirs of A1 Khobar and Oatif, who are reported
to have made large fortunes during the last six months by the
part they have taken in manipufiting food prices, displayed
no embarrassment in discussing the subject. They^stated
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that they have recently been instructed by ibn Saud to make
a census of stocks of food and that there were, apart/^bom
Government stocks, 8000 bags of rice in Oatif and 15000 bags
in Hofuf. They also stated that they had received orders the
previous day that the selling price of rice and dates was to
be controlled. Maximum selling prices were to be as follows:
Calcutta Bice
Karachi nice
Dates
Rs 39/- per bag;
Rs 33/- per bag;
Rs 3/- per basket.
If merchants claimed that their stocks of rice had cost
more than the selling price now fixed the Saudi Government
would, on production of the merchants’ invoices, take over
their stocks at the cost price and would placfc them on the
market at the new controlled price.
7. In the course of conversation «any references were
made to the failure of this year's crop of wheat sown with
faJ-
Canadian wheat^. It will be recalled that 3000 bags of
Canadian wheat were lent to the Saudi Government by the
Shaikh of Bahrain in October 1942 when, we were told, there
was no grain in Eastern Saudi Arabia and the people were
dying of starvation. Apparently the Canadian wheat intended
for immediate consumption in Saudi Arabia was used as seed

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams sent and received by 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, Hugh Weighman, mostly from 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. 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. at Sharjah, regarding arrangements and programmes for his official visits to the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. and Qatar. Some visits were carried via HMS Shoreham , so there is also correspondence with its Captain, G H Faulkner, and with British Overseas Airways Corporation representatives, regarding the fares to be paid by the Agent when staying in their Fort in Sharjah.

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The documents in the file are mainly in English. There is correspondence in Arabic with English translation, with Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani, Ruler of Qatar, regarding 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's visit to Qatar.

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1 file (233 folios)
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The papers in the volume are arranged chronologically. There are file notes at the end, on folios 224-234. The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file.

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Foliation: The main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 235; 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 4-234; 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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