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File 1247/1912 Pt 1 'Turkey:- Communication to Turkish Govt of agreement between Gt. Britain and Koweit, Bahrein & Trucial Chiefs. Decorations for Sheiks of Koweit, Mohammerah & Bahrein in connection with Anglo-Turkish Convention.' [‎181r] (281/336)

The record is made up of 123 folios. It was created in 19 Oct 1896-24 Sep 1913. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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to the knowledge of the Turkish authorities. I have, therefore, taken no steps
to make this proclamation known, and I shall he glad to know the views of the
Government of India on this point. ^ I have, however, informed the Political
Agent, Maskat, that the Chief of Koweit has prohibited the import of arms into
Koweit territory.
. 4- During my interview with the Chief, he evinced a most friendly
attitude and piofessed his desire to serve the British Government in any way
he could. He informed me that all was quiet in Koweit and the neighbouring
country, and he appeared to have no cause for anxiety with regard to his own
affairs.
Enclosure No. 9.
No. 166, dated Bushire, the 16th June 1900.
From— Captain C. A. Kemball, Officiating 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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ,
To—The Secretary to the Government of India, Foreign Department.
In continuation of my letter No. Ill, dated 29th April last, I have the
honour to report that the Chief of Bahrein has now restored to Messrs. Fracis,
Times & Co. the arms which he seized in Bahrein, belonging to that firm.
Mr. Gaskin has informed me that Mr. Fracis has given the Chief a document
by which he holds the Chief free of all responsibility in connection with the
seizure, and he has forwarded to me the receipt given by Mr. Fracis to the
Chief for the arms. I forward this document for your information. It is
interesting in so far as it shows the line of action which the firm intends to take
which is in all probability to bring an action against the British Government
for damages, on the ground that the arms were seized by the Chief in accord
ance with the orders of this Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . This matter has been fully disposed
of in Colonel Meade’s report, forwarded with his letter No. 69, dated 21st
November 1893, to your address.
2. It would appear from the language in which the receipt for the arms
is couched that Messrs. Fracis, Times & Co. hope to substantiate their claim
against the British Government, on the ground that the Chief refused to restore
the arms to them without an order from this Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , and they apparently
deduce from this an admission on our part that the seizure was made by the
Chief acting under our orders. My letter to the firm, to which a reference is
made in the receipt, is forwarded herewith for your information. It wall be
seen that this letter by no means admits any responsibility for the seizure, but
is merely a reply to a letter from the firm, copy of which is also forwarded, in
which they informed me that the Chief refused to deliver up the arms without
my permission. Mr. Gaskin further informs me that Mr. Fracis is endeavour
ing to dispose of the arms locally to traders who will endeavour to smuggle
them across to Persia. The Chief made it a condition of their restoration that
they should not be sold in Bahrein, Katr, or the Arab Coast.
Received from Sheikh Isa-bin-Ali-al-Khalifah, the Chief of Bahrein, the
undernoted arms and ammunition, all in more or less rusty and damaged con
dition, restored to us by him, by order of Major C. A. Kemball, the Officiating
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. and Consul-General in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , conveyed in his
letter No. 464 of 1900, dated 19th ultimo, addressed to us, which was demanded
by the Chief of Bahrein in his letters, dated the 15th Zilkada 1317=17th
March last, and 27th Zilkada 13l7=29th March last, addressed, respectively,
to the Acting British Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent, Hajee Abbas-bin-Fuzzul, and to the
Political Assistant to the Resident and Consul-General in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ,

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The correspondence relates to the Anglo-Turkish Convention and assistance provided by the Shaikhs of Koweit [Kuwait] and Mahommerah [Khorramshahr] in the negotiation process, which results in the decision to bestow the award of KCSI (Knight Commander of the Order of the Star of India) on both Shaikhs.

Also discussed are:

  • the negotiations between the Ottoman Government and the Bagdad Railway Company;
  • a request by the Turkish Government for copies of agreements and conventions made by the British Government with Koweit, Bahrein [Bahrain] and the Trucial Chiefs;
  • the decision to also bestow honours of a CSI (Companion of the Order of the Star of India) on Shaikh of Bahrein and CIE (Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire) on Haji Rais, trusted confident and adviser to the Shaikh of Mahommerah.

The principal correspondents include the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Sir Edward Grey), the Secretary of State for India (Viscount Morley of Blackburn, Lord George F Hamilton, and Lord Crewe), the Viceroy of India (Lord Curzon, Earl of Minto), 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 The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (Percy Zachariah Cox), the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India (Arthur Henry McMahon), and representatives of the Foreign Office.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence for this description commences at f 86, and terminates at f 208, as part of a larger physical volume; 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.

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