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File 1855/1904 Pt 4 'Koweit:- Loans to Sheikh.' [‎78v] (156/242)

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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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6 . Oar experience of the prompt repayment of the last loan made
to Sheikh Mubarak leads me to recommend with great confidence that the
loan should be advanced to him. The only question tha remains for
consideration is whether or no any conditions should be attached to the
grant. The only pending questions that can be touched with any hope of succ^s
are (1) the rent of the present Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. and (2) the Quarantine ques ion. In
fact the only other present question likely to cause difficulties is that of
Arms’ trade and I fear that no concession or promise in this respect obtained
in connection with the loan would be of the slightest value.
7. On each of the two questions noted above, I propose todo myself the
honour of addressing you separately and would ask that my letters may he
read in connection with this despatch.
8. G. P L—3195 F. D.—6-2.O0.-44.
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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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File 1855/1904 Pt 4 'Koweit:- Loans to Sheikh.' [‎78v] (156/242), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/48/2, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100026127008.0x0000a6> [accessed 22 November 2019]

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