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'File 6/68 Visit of H. E. Shaikh Sir Hamad bin 'Isa al Khalifah, K. C. I. E., C. S. I. Ruler of Bahrain to England' [‎193r] (392/507)

The record is made up of 1 file (247 folios). It was created in 11 May 1936-8 Jan 1937. 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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Eve ning.
Dine privately
HIS MAJESTY'S GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED KIHGDOM
OE GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND.
Visit of His Excellency
the Shaikh of Bahrain
14 th to 28 th June 19 36
List of the Party and Suite,
His Excellency Sheikh Sir Hamad bin »isa A1 Khalifah,
K.C.I.E., C.S.I..
Sheikh Daij bin Sheikh Hamad,
Sheikh Abdullah bin Sheikh Hamad.
C. D. Belgrave, Esq,, Adviser to Bahrain Government.
Haji 'Abdullah bin Jabr, peraoxial Secretary.
Attached British Officer.
Major E. N. S. Crankshaw, G.M.G., M.B.E., (Secretary,
Government Hospitality).
PROGRAMME.
Sunday, 14th June.
Afternoon 3.20 Arrive Folkestone. Received by Morning
Major E. K. S. Crankshaw, C.M.G. Dress.°
M.B.S., on behalf of the Minister
in Charge, Government Hospitality.
5.20 Arrive Victoria. Received by
Representative of tne secretary
of State for India.
Proceed to the Hyde Park Hotel.

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The file contains correspondence relating to the visit to the United Kingdom by Shaikh Hamad bin 'Isa al Khalifah [Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah], ruler of Bahrain. The majority of the correspondence is between the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain, the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. 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. at Bushire, the 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. in London, and the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain (Charles Dalrymple Belgrave).

The file contains the following:

  • correspondence with the Consul in Basra, Ambassador in Baghdad, and Embassy in Angora [Ankara] regarding arrangements for the Shaikh's passage from Bahrain to London via Basra, Baghdad, Turkey, Paris, and Folkestone, including discussion over appropriate ceremony and permissions for weapons to be carried;
  • correspondence with the 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. , Government Hospitality Fund, and the Foreign Office regarding arrangements and payment for the Shaikh while in Britain, including the programme for his time there (folios 193-96);
  • correspondence with Belgrave and the Council of Regency (Shaikh Abdullah bin Isa Al Khalifah [Shaikh ‘Abdullah bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah] and Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifah [Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah]) regarding the running of the state in the absence of Shaikh Hamad;
  • public notices issued by the Government of Bahrain concerning the trip;
  • coverage of the trip in the regional and international press (folios 78-83, 85, 223-24, and 236);
  • reports on various stages of the trip, including that of W Hendry, Acting Consul in Basra (folios 87-93), and Archibald Clark Kerr, Ambassador in Baghdad (folio 102);
  • correspondence concerning arrangements for the Shaikh's return and arrival in Bahrain;
  • telegrams from the Shaikh himself throughout his trip with brief updates;
  • exchange of letters and telegrams of good wishes, thanks, and appreciation between numerous offices in England, Iraq, Bahrain, and India, including a copy of a letter from the Shaikh to King Edward VIII (folio 189);
  • a copy of 'The Zodiac', Staff Journal of Cable and Wireless, Vol. XXIX, No. 338, September 1936.

Folios 237-48 are internal office notes.

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1 file (247 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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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 249; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 4-235; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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'File 6/68 Visit of H. E. Shaikh Sir Hamad bin 'Isa al Khalifah, K. C. I. E., C. S. I. Ruler of Bahrain to England' [‎193r] (392/507), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/1287, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100036681646.0x0000c1> [accessed 11 December 2019]

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