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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' [‎200r] (31/158)

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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No. 3887 (Confidentia 1 ), dated Bombay Castle, the 8tb May 1912.
From—C. A. Kincaid, Esq., C.Y.O., Secretary to the Government of Bombay, Poli
tical Department,
To The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department, Simla.
In continuation of my letter No. 4057, dated tlie 16tli June 1911, I ana
directed to forward herewith, for the consideration of the Government of India, a
copy of a letter No. C-104, dated the 16th March 1912, from the Political Resi
dent, Aden, enclosing drafts of treaties which he proposes to conclude with th«
Audali Sultan and the Am Rasa si Sultan of Banyardth (Beda).
2 . I am to observe that the terms of the draft treaties are based on the draft
treaties forwarded to you with the Bombay Government^ letter No. 2433, dated
the 28th March 1906, and I am to request that the Government of India may be
moved to obtain the sanction of His Majesty’s Secretary of State for India to their
conclusion with the Chiefs in question. As regards the stipends to be paid to the
Chiefs I am to state that the Governor in Council concurs with the Political Resi
dent Aden, that the Sultan of Beda should be granted a stipend of 100 dollars-
Rs. 200 per mensem and that the Audali Sultan should be paid 40 dollars-Rs. 80
per mensem.
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No. C.-104 (Secret), dated Aden Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , the 16th March 1912.
From— Major-General Sir James A. Bell, K.C.V.O., 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. , Aden,
To—The Secretary to the Government of Bombay in the Political Department.
On receipt of Government letter No. 4056, dated the 16th June 1911,1 inform
ed Sultan All bin Abdulla of Beda that Government did not propose to make a
Treaty with him, but that they would always be ready to maintain the most coidial
and & friendly relations with him and his tribesmen. I have not heard from him
since, but it takes a long time to hear from these people.
2. I understand, however, that the idea of the Treaty has not been abandoned;
and that it will be favourably considered if the necessity therefor and the des a-
bility thereof is made clear.
3 I would, thersfore, begin by saying that formal Treaties with the Beda and
Audali tribes are as necessary and desirable as ever; even more so, indeed, a
hope to shew.
4 The origin of this lengthy correspondence is to be found m the desire of t e
Turks lo consolidate their power in South- West Arabia, and thence to advanee into
t\e Wad^Xut This induced us to make Treaties, along the Turkish border,
tribes which were by long usage and practice undoubtedly within our
with many Turks never relinquished, however unreasonably,
Brotec orate, ^« n "uth we t“" of such tribes;’and with the former we
then c ai • Treaty. But internal troubles and difficulties embarrass-
policy of Government changing, the matter came to a standstill.
m rr i- . ...ifi. Anrlali was merely a corollary of that with Beda, as the
Audali 1 occupied a central and commanding position on the trade-routes leading
into the rich Beda country. ^ ...
r- i p n vprDment stopped negotiations, the Chiefs, having been gnen
, 5 - totumllv pressed for thenfegitimfte conclusion. It isimpossib e for them
hopes, naturally pressed 101 m h willingness to make Treaties,
to comprehend why Gover^ent, afto disptay^ suen ^ ^ difficulties in .
should suddenly break 011 !, l , iru i v ’ an a powerful Chiefs have been surmount-
volved in obtaining the consent of unruly and pow^ ^ ^ {o , m?r * letters pointed
\ * No. C.-250, dated the 6th August 1910. olir aC tion is in the eyes of the
/ No. C.-182, dated the 3rd May 1911 . Arabs a breach of faith, apt to injure
. -i 4- n ryppindice the flow of trade Aden-waras.
our prestige and good name, and hkel> to prejudice me now

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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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