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File 600/1905 Pt 4 'Aden Hinterland: Proposed Treaties with the Sultans of Beda and Audali; Treaty with Beda held in abeyance' [‎199v] (30/158)

The record is made up of 1 item (78 folios). It was created in Jan 1903-Dec 1914. 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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have the honour to forward for Your Lordship’s consideration a copy of the
From the Government of Bombay, No. 3887, marginally-cited letter containing the
dated the 8th May 1912 (with enclosures). drafts of which th ^ ^
to conclude with the Audali and Beda Sultans.
P om ^ e ^ ou ^ ^7 Major-General Sir James Bell in his letter
No. 104 C., dated the 16th March 1912, with the exception of the Dthambari
(who are omitted from the present proposal for special reasons), the Beda and
Audali are the only tribes in the vicinity of Aden who are not in treaty
relations with us, while at the same time they are surrounded by other tribes
who are. This anomaly is quite unintelligible to the tribesmen, and we
consider that it is most desirable to remove it. The proposal involves no
forward policy, but merely aims at the consolidation of a situation already in
existence. We also, with due regard to the marauding tendencies of an only
partially civilised community, concur in the Resident’s opinion that the
treaties will prove beneficial to trade in the Protectorate, and, in view of the
reported entente between the Imam and the Turks and the activity of the
former in regard to our protected tribes, politically advantageous and desir
able. In this connection we would call attention to the present intrigues of
the Imam in Upper Yaffai reported in our telegram dated the 31st May 1912.
In the circumstances, we have the honour to recommend the draft treaties
and the proposed rate of stipend, viz., 100 dollars a month to Beda and 40
dollars a month to the Audali, for Your Lordship’s sanction.
We have the honour to be,
My Lord Marqtjis,
Your Lordship’s most obedient, humble servants,
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Part 4 of the file relates to negotiations over treaties with the Beda and Audali tribes of the Aden hinterland.

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The papers cover several matters, including:

  • an attack by Saidi and Hasani tribes on a British survey party in January 1904;
  • the conclusion of a protectorate treaty with the Audali tribe on 19 September 1914;
  • a delay in securing a treaty with the Beda tribe and the reasons behind it.
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File 600/1905 Pt 4 'Aden Hinterland: Proposed Treaties with the Sultans of Beda and Audali; Treaty with Beda held in abeyance' [‎199v] (30/158), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/75/1, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 27 May 2019]

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