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File 4949/1912 Pt 3 ‘Abu Musa Wönckhaus Lingah’ [‎44r] (87/806)

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The record is made up of 1 file (402 folios). It was created in 22 Nov 1907-Nov 1912. It was written in German, French and English. 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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Anlaoe 20,*
Sharja 25 th Rabia Sani 132s.
Abdul Latif bin Rahman
Haji Hassan bin ali Sermy ye
Af ter compliments. Your letter reached me and J have no
ted your good health.
Regarding all what you state about the question of
Sheikh Saker bin Khaladand his prohibition of your working
Oxide -mines in Abu Musa, from what J gather from him he
will not remove the prohibition unless he can make a clear
arrangement rith you in this matter.
He replies that the n Jsland of Abu Musa ,f is his property
and so long as he cannot make suitable arrangements he con
siders himself a loser. Jf he did not formerly interfere
it was clue to the good understanding existing hetmen you
but now he cannot leave the case alone as before because
a stranger has entered therein and he is afraid that by
and by the island will get out of his possession. This is
his answer and you must know that J cannot at present in
terfere in the matter as J see the question have become ieat&d.
signed Abdul Latif bin Abdul Rahman.

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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. (Percy Zachariah Cox); German Government officials at the Auswärtiges Amt (Foreign Office) in Berlin; the German Embassy in London.

The correspondence refers to a dispute relating to concession rights for the mining and shipment of red oxide at Abū Mūsá, originally awarded to a number of 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.

The majority of the file’s correspondence is in German. 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. In most cases, German correspondence is preceded by undated pencil notes written in English, giving a précis of the letter that follows.

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1 file (402 folios)

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

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 403; 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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