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File 345/1908 Pt 2 'Mohammerah: situation. Sheikh's dispute with the Vali of Basra. decoration for Sheikh. renewed assurances to Sheikh.' [‎54r] (112/566)

The record is made up of 1 volume (281 folios). It was created in 1910-1915. 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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Enclosure 6 in No. 1.
Consul-General Cox to the Sheikh of Mohammerah.
4After greeting.)
our Excellency, Mohammerah, October 15, 1910.
WITH reference to my official letter of to-day’s date, I attach a duplicate of that
letter and the assurances contained therein, with this exception, viz., that the words
4 ‘ to be acceptable to your tribesmen ” are in the attached document omitted.
This is sent you in response to your Excellency’s request for the assurances in a
form which you could, if necessary, show to the headmen ol the tribes under youi
control. May you be preserved.
Your sincere friend,
P. z. COX.
Enclosure 7 in No. 1.
Consul-General Cox to the Sheikh of Mohammerah.
(After greeting.) Mohammerah, October 15, 1910.
I HAVE"the honour to intimate personally and in writing that I am authorised to
inform your Excellency that whatever change may take place in the form of the
Oovernment of Persia, and whether it be Poyalist or Nationalist, His Majesty s
Covernment will be prepared to afford you the support necessary for obtaining a
satisfactory solution in the event of any encroachment by the Persian Government on
your jurisdiction and recognised rights or on your property in Persia. In like manner
they will safeguard you to the best of their ability against an unprovoked attack by a
foreign Power or against any encroachment by such Power on your said jurisdiction
and recognised rights or on your property in Persia. These assurances are given for
yourself, and are intended to extend to your male descendants so long as you and they
shall not have failed to observe your obligations towards the central Government, and
shall continue to be guided by the advice of His Majesty’s Government, and to maintain
an attitude satisfactory to them.
P. Z. COX, Lieutenant-Colonel,
British Resident 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. .
Enclosure 8 in No. 1.
Sheikh of Mohammerah to Consul-General Cox.
(After compliments.) C2th Shawwal (October 16, 1910).
THOUGH I expressed my gratitude in my speech at yesterday’s gathering, I feel
it necessary now to convey my thanks more fully for the various demonsti ations of
good-will and the benevolent advice with which I have been favoured during these three
years past by your Honour and the high authorities of the British Government signs
which have been present alike during the struggle between the partisans of despotism
and constitutionalism, in connection with the aggressive proceedings of the Vali of
Bussorah at Kut-i-Zain (in regard to which question they found me to be in the right),
in the increase of my salute as a personal distinction, and now in the bestowal of tus
present honour with its august insignia, and in other ways which are a source of
encourao’ement to me. I feel the utmost gratitude and pride for these favours, and it
goes without saying that my position in the future will be the stronger for them , while
the prosperity of Mohammerah and its dependencies will be increased, and foreign
commerce and enterprise promoted therein. _
I beg that you will be good enough to communicate my representations to the big
authorities of the British Government.
May you be preserved, &c.
(Seal of Khazal Khan.)

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Correspondence including telegrams, hand written letters and printed enclosures, discusses an attack by a Turkish gun-boat on a village - Zain, belonging to the Shaikh of Mohammerah - which lay on the Turkish bank of the Shatt al-Arab waterway. The correspondence outlines the circumstances that led to the quarrel between the Turkish authorities and the Sheikh of Mohammerah, and suggestions that the Porte should be urged to replace the Wali of Basrah with a less aggressive official.

Correspondence discusses the proposal to give the Shaikh of Mohammerah assurances against naval attack, whatever the pretext for such action; letters and telegrams also discuss the award of a decoration (Knight Commander of the Indian Empire) to the Shaikh of Mohammerah.

A letter (dated 7 December 1913) from Percy Zachariah Cox, 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. , outlines the Government of India's interests in Arabistan including: the oil fields and their future; irrigation; railway enterprises; telegraphs; Russian and German activity.

Correspondents include Percy Zachariah Cox, 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. ; Sir Gerard Lowther, Ambassador to Constantinople; Charles Murray Marling, Ambassador to Tehran; Sir Edward Grey, Secretary of State for Foreign affairs; Francis Edward Crow, H M Consul at Bussorah [Basra]; Arnold Talbot Wilson, H M Consul at Mohammerah; Shaikh Khazal bin Jabir, Shaikh of Mohammerah; Wali of Bussorah; Viceroy of India.

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1 volume (281 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: situation) 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: Foliation: the foliation sequence commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 278; 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.

The folio sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the one ending flyleaf.

An additional foliation sequence is also present in parallel throughout; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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File 345/1908 Pt 2 'Mohammerah: situation. Sheikh's dispute with the Vali of Basra. decoration for Sheikh. renewed assurances to Sheikh.' [‎54r] (112/566), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/133, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100030525713.0x000071> [accessed 13 December 2019]

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