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File 345/1908 Pt 1 'Mohammerah: situation. British assurances to Sheikh.' [‎200v] (405/416)

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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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Inclosure in No. 2 .
Resident, Aden, to Government of India.
(Telegraphic.) P.
from Colonel Wahah, in which he describes
Arabs were not numerous, and were driven
damage to the hamlet of Dar Ibrahim. The
February 12, 1904. C'
A COMMUNICATION, dated F'arsha, the 10 th February, has just been received
the previous day’s skirmish. The opposing
back with loss; the guns did considerable
Turkish Commissioners were left him in the
Kubati ^ country without transport, and their movements are, therefore, somewhat
uncertain. The British Commissioners, however, hope to get into touch with them again
at Wadi A seasonal or intermittent watercourse, or the valley in which it flows. Madin, [round ?] which place they propose to move after staying several days at
The Commission appear to have met with some further opposition near Farsha, but
reports from Dar-al-Kudaimi show that all 5 is quiet in that neighbourhood, and the
Political Officer with the column there has been visited by the Sheikhs.
(Repeated to Secretary of State for India, Political Department, Bombay; British
Ambassador, Constantinople.)
No 3.
Foreign Office to 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. .
T Foreign Office, February 15, 1904.
1 AM directed by the Marquess of JLansdowne to transmit to you herewith copy of a
telegram from His Majesty’s Minister at Tehran,* suggesting that a British Agent should be
sent to Kuchan, together with an extract from the Persian monthly summary of the
6 th ultimo,! relative to the disturbed condition of that part of Persia.
Lord Lansdowne is inclined to doubt the expediency of sending a British Agent to
Kushan, where our interests are comparatively s'tnali ; but his Lordship would be Mad to
be favoured with the views of the Secretary of S^ate for India as to the proposal contained
in Sir A. Hardinge’s telegram.
i I am, &c.
No. 4.
Foreign Office to 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. .
’ TTTTrprT r „ Foreign Office, February 15, 1904.
WITH reference to your letter of the 3rd iistant, I am directed by the Marquess
of Lansdowne to transmit to you herewith copy: of a letter from the Imperial Bank
rersia, t stating that they have instructed then Manager in Tehran to complete the
purchase of 15 000 zars of land for the premises 1 of the branch bank in Seistan and the
residences of its officials. 1 he Bank express their willingness to bear the cost of the
and, but state that interest on the purchase money will be charged to the working
expenses of the Seistan branch.
Lord Lansdowne will be glad to learn whether the Secretary of State for India agrees
to this proposal. s * °
I km, &c.
Sir A. Hardinge, No. 18, Telegraphic, February 11, 1904.
f Extract, Monthly Summary, January 6, 1904.
+ Imperial Bank, February 10, 1904.

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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)

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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