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File 1508/1905 Pt 1 'Bahrain: situation; disurbances (1904-1905); Sheikh Ali's surrender; Question of Administration Reforms (Customs etc)' [‎36r] (76/531)

The record is made up of 1 volume (260 folios). It was created in Nov 1904-Aug 1914. It was written in English and French. 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. 46, dated Bushire, the 2nd February 1906.
From— Major P. Z. Cox, 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 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. ,
To— Sir Louis Dane, K.C.I.E., C.S.I., Secretary to the Government of India
in the Foreign Department, Calcutta.
In reply to Foreign Department letter No. 4699, dated 19t\i December
1905, I have the honour to submit a report 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. , Bahrein,
regarding the memorial forwarded by some one on behalf of Sheikh Esa to His
Majesty’s Secretary of State for India,
2. On 21st ultimo, I had the honour to forward the views of Captain
Prideaux and myself upon the duplicate petition addressed by Sheikh Esa to
His Excellency the Viceroy, and we have little further to add.
Since last writing I have obtained specimens of the handwriting of Gogu-
yer’s son Jean and of Madame Nattan, but cannot identify either with the
writing found in the translation referred to in the first paragraph of Foreign
Department letter No. 4472-E.B. There remain Goguyer’s younger son and
Madame Nattan’s daughter, who might have written it, but I see no likeli
hood of being able to obtain specimens of their handwriting for the present,
and therefore have the honour to return the translation in question, together
with the Arabic original of the petition to His Majesty s Secretary of State,
received with Foreign Department letter No. 4699-E.B., in case the Govern
ment of India should think it desirable to institute enquiries through the
Police authorities in Bombay.
As regards the Maskat trade, Messrs. Kynoch s chief constituents are the
British Indian Traders, Damodar Dharamsee, Dhan^ee Purshotum Dhanjee, and
a Parsee, named Lodawalla, and also Messrs. A. & T.J. Malcolm of Buskire. I
should not connect any of them with Sheikh Esa s petition.
No. 50, dated Bahrein, the 27th January 1906.
From—C aptain F. B. Prideaux, 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. , Bahrein,
To—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 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. , Bushire.
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your office endorsement
No 6 dated the 3rd January 1906, forwarding a copy of foreign Departmen
letter No. 4699-E.B., dated the 19th December ^^0 His
an Arabic memorial in original submitted by the Chiet ot Danrem
Majesty’s Secretary of State for India.
2. As the memorial in question is a duplicate of the one which I ^ve
nreviouslv seen and reported on in my letter No. 24, dated the l3th
1906 to vour address, 1 have little more to say on the subject. From what I h v
eatwCLterco^se with Sheikh Esa, the latter has never had. any direct
§ r Tun’Hi Mpqstn Kvnoch nor does be know their name. I think it would
bruX«\he M cTmmSntorPolice in Bombay were asked, to inform us
who are the firm’s customary correspondents or Agents in that city.
3. The memorial (in original) is returned herewith.
O. C. Press, Simla—
No. C. 73 F.D.—22-5-06 -46- B.B.C.

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The volume contains correspondence relating to disturbances in Bahrain and the consequent discussion over administrative changes. The correspondence is mostly between the 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. , the Foreign Office, and the Government of India. Further correspondence, included as enclosures, is from the following:

The disturbances centred around attacks on a German man and several Persians by Shaikh Isa's nephew, Ali bin Ahmed, and his followers in late 1904. The papers within the volume cover several matters related to these attacks:

  • the investigation into the details of the attacks;
  • the discussion over what to do about Ali bin Ahmed and his eventual exile;
  • British naval operations to enforce order;
  • Turkish claims that Shaikh Isa believes himself to be a Turkish subject;
  • the discussion over increased administrative intervention in Bahrain, specifically control of customs.
Extent and format
1 volume (260 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.

The subject 1508 (Bahrain) consists of three volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/81-83. The volumes are divided into five parts, with parts 1 and 2 comprising one volume each, and parts 3, 4, and 5 comprising the third 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 262; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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