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File 345/1908 Pt 1 'Mohammerah: situation. British assurances to Sheikh.' [‎151v] (307/416)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (203 folios). It was created in 1904-1910. 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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(2) Expenses on Karun. Salary of
Naib-el-Hukuma at Ah^az,
salaries of Bawi Sheikhs and
other headmen, guard posts on
Karun and at Felahieh, sowars,
cartridges, also steamer expenses
when Sheikh Khazal is on the
Karun.
(3) Expenses in connection with
Hawija and Beni Truf including
salaries of Sheikhs, two expedi
tions, compensation for horses
killed, catridges and some rifles.
(4) Expenses sending Hanzal with
300 sowars for two months in
1904 to preserve order at Dizful
and Shushter pending arrival of
Azam-es-Sultaneh.
(5) Expenses in 1907 sending Hanzal
with 500 sowars to assist Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division.
Mukarrem in his expedition
against Derekwand Lurs.
Krans 4,842,815 = £93,131
Telegrams for 11 years
4,786,242 = £92,043
32,000 = £6? 5
35,000 = £673
„ 80,000 = £1,538
Total
„ 12,186,917 = £234,363
Jr
Note by Mr. McDouall .—This does not include such expenses as entertain
ing Governor*General which comes to about 50,000 Krans a year, according to
Haji Rais, or expenses of band or Haji Rais’ two missions to Tehran. In Haji
Jabur’s time the Sheikhs received no salaries. Sheikh Mizal gave a few small
sums, but Sheikh Khazal instituted the present system and called upon them
to prevent robbery and piracy and keep the peace. Haji Rais now has the
whole accounts made out in sections from the books kept by the^ Sheikh’s clerk
and himself, but says probably some items are omitted. This is a summary of
the whole ; any special items could be obtained if you wished for them but Haji
Rais is leaving on a mission to the Bakhtyari at Ab-i-bid in a few days. Expenses
in connection with Behbehan Government are not given.
MOHAMMERAH;
The 15th February igo8
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008. )
(Sd.) w. mcdouall.
No. 44, dated Camp Wais, the 3rd February 1908.
From— Captain D. L. R.Lorimer, i. a., His Britannic Majesty’s Vice-Consul for
Arabistan,
To—His Britannic Majesty’s 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 communicate a proposal propounded by the Salar
Arba and Shahab-us-Sultanah in their brief interview with me at Maidan Munaf-
tun on 23rd January.
o On thlc nrra<;ir,n thpv made the startling announcement that, after due
the Persian Government that they were contemplating tnrowmg on auegiance
to it. They had entered into negotiations with Sheikh Khazal on the subject

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The correspondence discusses the situation regarding British assurances to the Sheikh of Mohammerah. The volume includes a description of the Sheikh's perception that, despite his good behaviour towards the British he has not been afforded the support provided to other Arab sheikhs in the Gulf as in Kuwait or Bahrain. Letters include an account of the explanation given to the Sheikh of Mohammerah that Britain recognized Bahrain and Kuwait as independent, in de jure as well as de facto terms; in contrast the British recognized the Shah's sovereignty over Mohammerah.

The correspondence discusses the practicalities of a customs arrangement between the Shah and the Sheikh of Mohammerah mediated by the British. Letters consider the circumstances under which Britain could intervene militarily to protect its interests in the Karun Valley in the event of disorder arising following interference by the Shah.

The correspondence discusses the scope and form of words of the assurance to be given to the Sheikh of Mohammerah and his male descendants, in the event of disorder following from a change in the Persian regime, be it of a royalist, nationalist, or constitutional nature as well as disputes with Bakhtiari khans.

Correspondents include: Shaikh Khazal Khan, Sardar Leader of a tribe or a polity; also refers to a military rank or title given to a commander of an army or division. -i-Afra, the Shaikh of Mohammerah; The Confidential Agent of the Shaikh of Mohammerah; Major Percy Zachariah Cox, Her Majesty's Consul at Bushire; Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; Acting Consul of Mohammerah.

Each part includes a divider which gives the subject and part numbers, year the subject file was opened, subject heading, and list of correspondence references contained in that part by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

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1 volume (203 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume. The subject 345 (Mohammerah) consists of two volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/132-133. The volumes are divided into two parts, with each part comprising one volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 203; these numbers are written in pencil 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.The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the one leading flyleaf.

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