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'File II. IRAQ (3) Vol. 2 Shaikh of Kuwait's Date Gardens on the Shatt-al Arab' [‎159r] (319/682)

The record is made up of 1 volume (338 folios). It was created in 14 Aug 1904-18 Aug 1920. 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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(i.eceived on 2uth October 1908 with Political Secretary’
letter No. 41 dated Gth October 1908).
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. ,
1st October 1908.
Sir,
V/ith reference to your letter No. 17089, dated the 26th
...ay 1908, regarding the dispute between the Turkish autliorities
and the Gheiki- of Koweit in connection with the latter’s property
.
at Pao, I gun'directed by Viscount forley to forward herewith, to
be laid before the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, copy
of a letter from the Government of India on the subject.
'
iUiox in July last, it would seem to be doubtful whether Sheikh
Lobare^’s pretensions are of ajnature which the Turkish Government
is lively to admit. Put nord horley agrees with the Government of
India as to the desirability, on political grounds, that a Committee
should be appointed, in accordance with the Sheikh’s desire,
for the final settlement of the matter in dispute; and he would
suggest for Sir E. Grey’s consideration that the Forte should be
approached accordingly.
As regards the constitution of the proposed Conn ittee, Lord
2orley is of opinion that the presence of a British Cfficer would
be advai tageous, and he desires to support the Government of
India’s sug estion that the British Co, sul at Basra should be
nominated for the purpose.
I am also to forward copies of correspondence received by mail
from I ndia on t he 28t h ultimo as to the attitude of the Sheikh.
3 have etc,
(sd) Colin G. Campbell.
The Under Secretary of State
Foreign Office.

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes, relating to three main topics.

The first main topic discussed is the Shaikh of Kuwait's date gardens on the Shatt al-Arab (ff 3-162). The discussion in the volume relates to the Shaikh's concern about the repair of embankments and the actions of Turkish soldiers in dismantling the embankments in proximity to their fort. Included in the volume is a hand-drawn plan (folio 135) of the fort, garden, embankments and marshlands in relation to the Shatt al Arab waterway.

The second main topic discussed is registration of Shaikh Mubarak's property at Faddaghiya (ff 163-311). The volume includes the Arabic version with English translation (ff 165-182) of the preliminary agreement between Shaikh Mubarak al-Sabah and Abdul Wahab bin Qirtass concerning 'the property known as Fadhagiya' as well as the final deed relating to the purchase. Also included is an Arabic copy (folio 251) of 'receipts passed for land revenue paid by Shaikh Mubarak on his Faddaghiya estate'.

The third main topic discussed is the dismissal of the Mudir of Fao for overstepping his authority.

The principal correspondents in the volume include 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 (Stuart George Knox; William Henry Irvine Shakespear); 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 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. (Percy Zachariah Cox); the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department (Sir Louis Dane); the First Assistant Resident, Bushire; HBM's Consul at Basrah; and the Ruler of Kuwait (Shaikh Mubarak bin Sabah al-Sabah).

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1 volume (338 folios)
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 340; 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.

A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

Pagination: the file also contains a hand written pagination sequence (ff 3-339).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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