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File 4949/1912 Pt 4 ‘Abu Musa – Angelegenheit. 1907.’ [‎60r] (119/528)

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The record is made up of 1 file (263 folios). It was created in 23 Oct 1907-20 Nov 1908. It was written in German, English, French, Arabic and Persian. 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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-Sager. I believe i^ou hove learnt th& facts o.nd there is n>
need of my telling you any th^ng. m
I • If ell than, I a; ill call again h re at 8 o 9 qIoq/i. I took
leave of both the Sheiiihs and left the ,.laoe* Nc soon r
taae I cut of Sheikh Sager's h use than he heft to Abdul
LatifS^ - lact. ft hen i returnee, to his house &t 8 o'clock
Arabic time , I learnt that he had net till then come
back. Having united a quarter vf an hour at his gate
I despatched some ens to tell him that I oas awaiting
him at his pi-o„. My messenger crossed his on the iay
and returned both together and informed me that S. Sager
sas at S. Salens and wished me to go over and see him
there, which T did, again ogoonpmniad by Abauilah ana HaJ
Al i. Hanker. While a q entered t tie re were besides S» Sager
and S. Sal ^m a few ether Arabs in the room. When coffee
mas served S Sager ordered the Arabs to leave the room U
and icon addressed himself to me saying:—
Hager. My reply is this that Baji Hassan and Abdullah bin
Hassan Semeyye together with lea bin Abdul Lattf made
a contract with us for the Red Oxide of Iron of the
Icl ana j/ Abu Musa and net the German firm. The 3 first
named persons who are British subjects made again a
contract with the* German firm. Now the case stands thus
that the German firm have to complain against the said
British- subjects ana they again, in case they believe
I h<*ve done them any wrong, have to complain against
me to their Consulate. Therefore it is the best the
Germans should ccmmgnioate to the British Consulate-
General on the subject.
* * What have you tc say to question of your men's shooting
at the employees of the German firm from the Island of
Abu Musa ?
Sager. Our men did not recognise them

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Correspondence exchanged between the German Consulate at Buschär [Bushire] (Helmuth Listemann) and others: the Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh] representative of the German firm Robert Wönckhaus and Company (Herr H Rosenfeld; Herr Krumpeter); the British 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. (Lieutenant-Colonel Percy Zachariah Cox); German Government officials at the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Office) in Berlin, the German Chargé d’Affaires in Tehran (Hartmann Oswald Heinrich Ferdinand Freiherr von Richthofen).

The correspondence refers to a dispute over a concession for the mining and shipment of red oxide at Abū Mūsá, originally awarded to Arab merchants by Shaikh Sālim bin Sulṭān Āl Qāsimī of Sharjah in 1898, and part of which was subsequently acquired by Wönckhaus and Company in 1906. The dispute was sparked by the Ruler of Sharjah, Shaikh Ṣaqr bin Khālid Āl Qāsimī’s cancellation of the concession in 1907, and subsequent claims by Wönckhaus and Company and the German Government, over financial losses arising from the cancellation of the concession.

Amongst the papers are copies of correspondence, agreements and other papers dating between 1892 and 1907, relating to the original contract to mine red oxide at Abū Mūsá. Many of these agreements are in Arabic, with most accompanied by English translations.

The majority of the file’s correspondence is in German. Official letters exchanged between the German Consul at Bushire and the British 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. are in French.

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1 file (263 folios)

The file’s contents are arranged in approximate chronological order, from the earliest item at the front to the latest at the end.

The subject 4949 (Abu Musa oxide) consists of six volumes, IOR/L/PS/10/318-323. The volumes are divided into six parts, with each part comprising one volume. Part 6 (IOR/L/PS/10/323) is missing.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 263; these numbers are printed, 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.

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German, English, French, Arabic and Persian in Latin and Arabic script
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