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'File 22/23 II Kuwait Conference 1924' [‎218r] (435/544)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (270 folios). It was created in 16 Jan 1924-23 Mar 1924. 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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1 ront la Li on o. 1 . l co '.y ol latter N r o.7fe dated 17 th
Fiajab 1342 ( 2idnd February 1S?24) from Ibn Ba’ud to
the I on* blc the political 'iefcident in the cnian Gulf.
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i h <ve already informed you and x jrotebted ag^inot several
raide and acts ol aggression^perpetrated, by Irao trioee.the
‘Fi rninar,end those who have ta^en refuge there against our
tribes and suqJ ects p a.nd xiave asked our friend the great
British Government to put n stop to it and to effect the
return of all plunder but 1 m very eorry that up to the
present i have not received any re ly to that. Whereas^
ever since- the * tyair agree: :ent 1 have prevented my tribes
from raiding and, thank God, no hostile act he been
perpetrated ag intt the Iraq Government or her tribes or even
against, those evil dcerc who tuve teken refuge there. Ihis
is not because I hi^ve not the power or am timid or weak but
tec.use 1 wish to remain friends and to act on the advice
of my friend the ^rititn Government. How the flood has
re cked its height ujid I c nnot keep on in this way Kr.y
lon&trj ao many raids nd a ts of aggression have t aken plba
nd much plunder and bloodshed . 1 Lave received many
complaints from my tribes^ who art: worn out and ask for
revenge which clearly shews that such ircu le it crewing that
i cannot- st nu up . intt i^e storm. I ii vo jut t received
a letter from my father the Imaa^who • ssures me the! the
trouble is increasing uay by day and asks z&§ to return as
soon as possible,as also . letter from l)awish(. C i s of
both of these are enclosed herewith lor our * T vrn\ whfrti
will show you how critical the xumxt position is. 1 am
leaving *.t once and will try to keep their minds i,t rest
with good promises, but 1 must ask you to send me ^ reply
immediately, ither tell me definitely th t ttop will be
put to these acts of aggression ,nd that the plunder snd the

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes relating to the 1923-24 Kuwait Conference to arbitrate the Najd-Transjordan and Najd-Hijaz boundaries. The main topics discussed include the following:

  • the Kuwait Conference: adjournment, 1924;
  • further negotiations.

The discussion in the volume relates to the minutes of the sessions (3rd to 12th) and the exhortations of the President of the conference, Stuart George Knox, to the delegates not to take hardened negotiating positions. Topics discussed in the correspondence also include: Ibn Sa'ud's health, flags and badges and raising of armed forces. An index to the volume is given in folio 269.

The principal correspondents in the volume include: the Secretary of State for Colonies, London; 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. , Stuart George Knox; the High Commissioner, Baghdad; the High Commissioner, Jerusalem; 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; 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. , Bahrain.

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1 volume (270 folios)

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

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 272; 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. Two additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 3-269, and ff 163-261; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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