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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.' [‎190r] (299/336)

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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No. 1628, dated Bushire, the tgth (received 37th) June 1910.
From-LmuTENANT-COLONEL P.Z. Cox, C.S.I., C.I.E., 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
To-The Hon’ble Mr. S. H. Butler, C.S.I, C.I.E., Secretary to the Government
ot India in the Foreign Department, Simla.
1 4 .*. 1 ^ ave the h o no ^ r t0 [ efer to the correspondence ending with 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.
letter No. 1490 , dated 17 th May 1908 , to your address on the subject of existing
postal arrangements at Koweit, and to submit a further representation from 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. in favour of the establishment of a regular office.
. 2 . w e are already credited by the Turkish authorities and the public with
having a Post office at Koweit, so that it is not a question of our breaking fresh
ground. All^we shall be doing will be to convert a very partially effective
arrangement into a more fully effective one.
3 . e course suggested in Captain Shakespear’s concluding paragraph
.commends itself to me as best calculated to enable us to introduce the new office
with the least trouble ; and it would, I think, be additionally convenient if it were
possible for the Postal authorities, by withholding some technical but unimport-
and attribute essential to a “ regular ” office under international rules, to delay
international notice of the opening of the office until the improved arrangements
have been working for some time.
4 - I do not feel in a position to say much as to the prospects of a regular
office from a financial point of view : but whether it is likely to be self-supporting
or not for the first fevv years, the establishment of one appears to me to be suffi
ciently important politically to make it worth our while proceeding with the
project in any case.
I trust therefore that the Government of India will now feel able to give the
proposal their favourable and lively consideration.
No. 346, dated Koweit, the 30th May 1910 (Confidential).
From— Captain W.H. I. Shakespear, I.A., 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. , Koweit,
To— Lieutenant-Colonel F. Z. Cox, C.S.I., C.I.E., 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. , Bushire.
I have the honour to submit for reconsideration the subject of the establish
ment of a regular Post office at Koweit.
2 . My predecessor advocated the opening of a properly equipped office in his
letter No. 135 , dated the 25 th March 1908 , and his proposal had the support of
the 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. , but Government were then not prepared to proceed with the
matter.
3 . To obtain some idea of the extent of postal work at present carried out
in my office I caused the records to be scrutinized and mails to be counted.
From the results obtained the attached memorandum of the annual postal work
has been compiled, in order that a definite basis may be available for estimating
cost and expenditure.
4 . The Postmaster-General will be able to form a better estimate than I can
of the probable revenue from the figures in the attached memorandum, but I
would observe that hitherto the most valuable sources, viz., registration, of
letters and parcels, sale of postage-labels, and booking of money-orders have
yielded practically nothing, and it is the want of these very facilities that is most
felt by the public. The population of the port is estimated at anything between
30,000 and 50 , 000 , and it has large dealings with Indian, Bahrein and other
Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Ports ; it would seem certain, therefore, that the postal revenue
would not be below that of Bandar Abbas or Bahrein.
5 . I am not able to form an estimate of the establishment in the event of an
office being opened but submit the following considerations as likely to influence
an estimate:—
{a) A room for a Post office can be made available in the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. itself
in a convenient position for the public and consequently there would
be no charge for rent. Office furniture has already been supplied

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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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