File 1855/1904 Pt 4 'Koweit:- Loans to Sheikh.' [41v] (82/242)
The record is made up of 121 folios. It was created in 1 Jun 1904-4 Apr 1918. 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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2. The letter was delivered on the 4th June and the same evening I had an
interview with the Sheikh who expressed himself profound y gra e u a e
generosity of the British Government in accommodating him.
o In the course of conversation, the Sheikh categorically accepted the
conditions of the loan and requested me to telegraph his acceptance, promising
to send to me on the following day a document m the form of a letter to you
formally accepting the conditions. I wrote out the telegram despatched to you
from Fao and having read it over to the Sheikh handed to him the closed
envelope for conveyance to Fao.
4. The following morning I received the enclosed letter from the Sheikh to
your address, a copy of which I have taken the opportunity of retaining for my
records. In it the Sheikh accepts all the conditions of the loan and duly
expresses his gratitude, promising the first instalment in the beginning of Shawal
1327 A.H. and the second in the end of Shawal 1328 A-H.
Translationof a letter from Sheikh Mubarak bin Subah, Ruler of Koweit, to Major
P. Z. COX, C.I.E., British Resident and His Britannic Majesty s Consul-General, dated
16 th Jemadi I, 1327 = 5 th June 1909 .
After compliments and enquiries after your health,
I have duly received your esteemed favour of the 1 2th Jemadi I, No. 192,
stating that the High British Government have favoured me, according to my
application, with a loan of Rs. 2,00,000. I, your sincere friend, admit and
acknowledge the generosity of the Government towards me and am sensible to
their good graces. Inshallah these graces will endure for me and for those
succeeding me, and there will be obedience and sincerity on our part. The terms
contained in your esteemed favour have been duly accepted by me and I will,
Inshallah, pay the first of the two lakhs during this date season of 1327, viz^ that
I will refund Rs. 100,000 in the beginning of Shawal 1327, with gratitude. The
remaining Rs. 100,000 I will pay, Inshallah, during the season after this, namely
of the year 1328 which will be over at the end of Shawal 1328,
As to the last condition that I should borrow no money from any other
quarter (I beg to say that) as long as the British Government exists, we will,
Inshallah, have no necessity to refer to any other besides them.
You have enriched me and honoured me ; and I will not agree absolutely to
deal with any one besides you, I represented to Captain Shakespear, Political
Agent at Koweit, accordingly, and I sent you a telegram via Fao on the night of
Saturday the 16th instant, intimating my acceptance of the conditions contained
in your esteemed favour and asking you to order the remittance of the money by
the man-of-war “ Lawrence ” according to your letter.
May you remain preserved and guarded.
G. C, B. P., Simla,— -No. C-63 F. D.—1 0.7-09.—39—G.E.VV.
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The volume concerns the payment of loans by the Government of India to Shaikh Mubarak [Mubārak bin Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ] of Koweit [Kuwait].
The principal correspondents are 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. ; 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. , Kuwait; the Viceroy of India; the Shaikh of Kuwait; and senior officials at the Foreign Office, the 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. , the Treasury, and the Government of India.
The papers cover: loan of 100,000 rupees to the Shaikh of Kuweit in 1904 'to meet the payment due to his nephews under the recent arbitration award' (f 114v), June 1904 - February 1905 (ff 90-121); loan of 200,000 rupees to the Shaikh of Kuweit in 1909, who needed ready money as a result of 'large advances made to pearl merchants who cannot be pressed for immediate repayment, and to the fact that his brother, Sheikh Khazal, has asked for postponement of large loan due to Sheikh Mubarak' (f 79), February - October 1909 (ff 37-89); loan of 200,000 rupees to the Shaikh of Kuweit in 1913 as a result of financial needs arising from water supply difficulties in Kuwait, distress amongst the diving community caused by a falling pearl market, the Shaikh's inability to sell stocks of dates, and the need to support the owners of pearl boats and so prevent a reaction on the local trade of Kuwait (ff 24-25), December 1913 - February 1914 (ff 17-36); papers concerning the water supply at Kuwait, contained in Government of India memoranda dated September-October 1914 (ff 4-16); and 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. letter proposing remission of the loan of 1914, in view of the assistance rendered by the Shaikh of Kuweit 'in maintaining the blockade at Koweit', 4 April 1918 (f 2).
The date range gives the covering dates of all the documents in the file; the covering dates of the minute papers given on the subject divider on folio 1 are 1904-14. There are no papers between 1914 and 1918.
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