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File 339/1905 ‘Koweit: - Political Agency. Expenditure. Steam Launch’ [‎144r] (292/368)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (180 folios). It was created in 1904-1914. 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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[Copy of Government of India despatch of 5th January 1905, amended
m accordance with Government <f India Despatches Nos. 16If. and
165 (General), dated the ftlfth August 1905.]
No. 2 of 1905.
The Right Hon’ble St. JOHN RRODRICK,
Bis Majesty's Secretary of State for India.
Dated Fort William, the 5th June 1905.
In the eleventh paragraph of our despatch, No. 224 Frontier, dated
25th July 1901, we promised Lord George Hamilton that we would shortly
present to him proposals for reorganising our Political Lepartment, so as to
include the appointments and service which are required for the North-West
Frontier Province, and to place the Department 'generally upon a sounder
footing.^ The subject had been even then under our consideration for some
time, since it had become evident that the service, which is constituted on the
basis of the proposals which were submitted in,the despatch from Lord Elgin’s
Government, No. 156, dated 14th November 1897, was not sufficiently strong
to meet the demands upon it. The ever-increasing improvement and specialisa
tion in the system of administration of the Native States in India necessitate
the employment of a larger number of more highly trained officers to exercise
the necessary political control over them. Further, if the internal administra
tion of the North-West Frontier Province is to be maintained on its former
lines of efficiency, the services of expert officers must be secured, and such
officers are also required to ensure the full development of the tracts in
Baluchistan and elsewhere that have come under our direct control.
At the same time the introduction of Consular Officers trained in the
diplomatic service of Foreign Powers into those tracts in Persia and 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. where our Political Officers formerly worked alone has rendered
it necessary for us to select our Consular and Political Agents with special care
in order to ensure that they possess proper qualifications for their delicate and
important duties.
All of these considerations have led us to the conclusion that a radical
reform in the conditions of our Political Department was inevitable.
2. The desirability of a reorganisation of the Department has been greatly
emphasised in recent years by the facts that the number of the appointments
which have to be filled from its ranks has increased, and that there has for some
years been an increasing difficulty in attracting to the lower grades members of

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The main contents of the volume are exchanges of letters about government expenditure on the Kuwait Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. , primarily between British officials at the Foreign Office, 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. and Treasury in London and Government of India officials at the Foreign Department in Calcutta and Simla. They discuss cost estimates and actual expenditure in relation to the approval of Government of India proposals for the expansion of the cadre of the Indian Political Department in order to fill Consular posts in Persia, 1904-1905 and 1909; the establishment of a new Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Kuwait (spelt Koweit), 1904-1907 and the purchase of the steam launch Lewis Pelly , built at the Government Dockyard in Bombay, for the use of 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. at Kuwait, 1906-1907, 1909-1912 and 1914. The volume also contains a sea chart of Kuwait Port, by the Marine Survey of India in 1905.

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1 volume (180 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 339 (Koweit Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. expenditure: steam launch) consists of one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 182; 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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