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File 1855/1904 Pt 7 'Koweit Flag.' [‎237r] (137/154)

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The record is made up of 76 folios. It was created in 30 Jun 1904-22 Mar 1907. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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Telegram, dated 10 th (received 11 th) October 1904 .
From— Captain A.P. Trevor, Assistant 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, Bushire,
r I o—The Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department, Simla.
Please refer to my telegram of the 27th Septemher and letter No. 341,
dated the 1st October, regarding the detention here of Koweit dhows pending
the payment of 18,000 krans. tinder instructions from the Political President
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. the Nakhoda has been imprisoned instead of merely
being detained, I have requested the Governor to make the man over to me
for disciplinary purpose. The Governor has to-day given me an evasive reply
that Director General of Customs says that the matter does not concern the
Governor and that I should apply to the Customs Department. 1 had already
written demi-ofiicially on the subject to the Director General without eliciting
a reply from him. I would suggest that the British Minister, Theran, should
he moved by the Government of India to take necessary steps. I should like
to be informed whether Koweit subjects should receive benefits from the addi
tional article of the reglement which fixes the maximum fine at Rs. 1,000.

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The papers concern the proposal that vessels from Koweit [Kuwait] should adopt a distinctive flag, and the likely reaction this would bring from the Government of Turkey [the Ottoman Empire].

The principal correspondents are 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. (Major Percy Zachariah Cox); 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. , Kuwait (Captain Stuart George Knox); the British Ambassador at Constantinople (Sir Nicholas Roderick O'Conor); and senior officials of Government of India.

The papers cover: correspondence concerning the question of the protection that the British Government should give to subjects of Kuwait in Persian territory, June-December 1904 (folios 220-246); a report that the Ambassador at Constantinople saw no objection to the adoption by the Shaikh of Kuwait [Mubārak bin Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ] of a distinctive flag for Kuwait vessels, while retaining his existing flag for use in Kuwait, February-March 1905 (folios 217-219); correspondence concerning the proposed use by the Shaikh of Kuwait of the Turkish flag with the addition of the word 'Koweit' written across it in Arabic letters (including colour drawings of the proposed flag, folios 199-203), and specimen shipping certificate, July 1905 - July 1906 (folios 190-216); and correspondence concerning the Shaikh of Kuwait's concerns over the likely consequences of his adoption of the new flag, particularly his fears of 'oppressive measures' from Turkish officials at Basrah [Basra] and other Turkish ports, August 1906 - March 1907 (folios 176-188).

The Arabic language content of the papers is confined to Arabic wording on the specimen shipping certificate and drawings of the proposed Kuwait flag, between folios 192 and 201.

The date range gives the covering dates of all the documents; the date range of the Secret Department minute papers given on the subject divider on folio 171 is 1905-07.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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