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'File XXIX/2 Slavery in Kuwait' [‎6v] (12/296)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (148 folios). It was created in 2 Nov 1907-27 Sep 1929. 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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Chaprassis, appointed Abdulaziz bin Fahad, his master, his agent for the purpose.
Through the case, Abdulaziz behaved with the utmost moderation and even
liberality. Fie pointed out what was perfectly true that his slave was better
dressed than himself.
Order.
The above compromise was arrived at without the slightest pressure on
either side. Abdulla will be conveyed to-day to H.M.S. “ Lapwing ” and the
Commander requested officially by letter to give him a passage to Bushire. A
letter should also be sent to the Resident, Bushire, praying that he will grant the
usual manumission certificate. Abdulla states that if he can be taken out of
this place, he will find his own way to Berbera. Copies of these statements to
accompany letters to 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. . ^
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Co/>y of a letter No. 282> dated the 10th June 1 gof from 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. y
Koweit, to 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. , Bushire.
With reference to my letter No. 275, dated the 8th June 1907, in the case
of slave Abdulla, I have the honour to state that this morning, the slave informed
me that he did not want to leave Koweit until the Autumn, when he would sail
in one of the trading buggalows.
2. I told him that he stopped here in peril of being interfered with, and that
he must not come and complain to me as he had been given a fair chance of
obtaining his liberty.
3. I have now the honour to request that, if you see fit, the usual manu
mission paper may be sent to me. A descriptive roll of Abdulla is forwarded
herewith.
Description of slave Abdulla for entry in manumission paper.
Abdulla, son of
Age
30 years.
Occupation ...
Servant of Abdulaziz bin Fahad.
Birth place ... ...
Abyssinia.
Religion ...
Islam, Sunni.
Complexion
Dark brown.
Height ... ... ...
Six feet.
Inhabitant of ... ... ...
Abyssinia.
Quarter ... ...
Berbera.
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S. G. KNOX, Major,
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. , Kmeil.
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Copy of a letter No. tygo, dated 26th June igoy^from 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. , Bushire, to 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. , Koweit.
I have the honour to refer to your letters Nos. 275 and 282, dated 8th and
10th instant, respectively, regarding the case of the negro Abdulla.
2. It is always the custom to refer to the territorial authorities at all events
pro forma, in connection with the manumission of slaves, and I think Sheikh
Mubarek will inevitably resent your summoning subjects of his to your presence

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Content

The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, printed reports, memoranda, and notes, relating to the manumission procedure in Kuwait. Correspondence also discusses the procedure to follow if Kuwait slaves take refuge at other British agencies in the Gulf. Further discussion surrounds the issue of consistency of practice and whether guidelines should be issued by the Government of India.

Included in the volume is a copy (ff 34-44) of typed notes 'Part 1:Notes for Guidance on Persian shore of 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. ; Part 2: Notes for guidance on Arabian shore of 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. ' with sections on Kuwait, Bahrain, Maskat and Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. .

Also included (folio 79) is a copy of the proclamation issued by the Government of India in 1873 'notifiying the penalites which British subjects will incur by illegally possessing and in any way trafficking in slaves, or aiding others in such traffic.'

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; James Carmichael More); 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. , Bahrain (Francis Beville Prideaux); the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department (Sir Louis William Dane); the Assistant Resident, Bushire (Richard Lockington Birdwood); the Ruler of Kuwait (Shaikh Mubarak bin Sabah al-Sabah; Shaikh Salim al-Mubarak al-Sabah).

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1 volume (148 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 main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 148; 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 2-147, and ff 3-133; 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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