Coll 29/2 'Bushire Residency: question of transfer to Bahrain' [248r] (500/902)
The record is made up of 1 volume (447 folios). It was created in 26 Apr 1929-5 Mar 1938. It was written in English and French. 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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of the Government of India, let that man be the Consul-
General at Bushire, because it is simple and straightforward
to explain, if need be, to the Persians that the Government of
India like their senior man to keep an occasional eye on the
juniors. As a matter of fact no explanation would probably
ever he necessary, and the Consul-General at Bushire would,
in resnect of certain and definitely specified reports, be
the Editor in-Chief who would be responsible for the degree
of importance to be assigned to them (copies of them coming
to the Legation ’'for information").
But I just don’t see what a Resident with headauarters
at, say, Bahrein, has to do with these matters, and I
certainly cannot talk, with any hope of convincing the
Persians, about "Gulf problems" as a reason why the
"Viceroy of Sheikhdom", when no longer established as a
Consul-General in Persia, is entitled to play about in
Persia. And why should he? Suppose the Persians sink
a Muscat dhow because they think it’s carrying contraband,
the "Vice-roy” has two functions (1) to present to H.M.G.
and me a clear account of the facts and a statement of tne
nature of compensation necessary to pacify the Sheikh (2)
to persuade the Sheikh that it would be unwise to cut the
handiest Persian throat and if the Sheikh is obdurate to
obtain from H.M.G. authority to restrain him oy force.
Truth will out so I’ll say that I frankly don’t
understand what "Gulf problems ' are.
I can conceive the possibility of social or
political developments in Persia which would have a re
percussion in Sheikhdom but the same applies to other
countries; developments in the Sudan might affect Uganda,
but the C.C. does not regard that as a reason for suggesting
that the Governor of Uganda should rout around in Maffey s
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The file concerns the business case to transfer 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. from Bushire to Bahrain.
The file is composed of internal correspondence between British officials including the Foreign Office (C W Baxter), the British Legation at Tehran (Robert Henry Clive, Reginald Hervey Hoare), 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. officials (John Gilbert Laithwaite, John Charles Walton), the Political Residents 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. (Hugh Vincent Biscoe, Trenchard Craven William Fowle), 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. at Bahrain (Charles Geoffrey Prior), the Foreign Department and the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, the British Consul at Basrah, HM Treasury, the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa al Khalifah (Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah).
The correspondence relates specifically to the following:
- liaising with the Shaikh of Bahrain
- liaising with the Persian Foreign Minister
- rumours that the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. was to be moved to Darin Island [Tārūt Island, Saudi Arabia]
- preliminary arrangements
- views of the Government of India and the Foreign Office, that the transfer should happen immediately
- Biscoe's estimate of cost of transfer, discussion with the Treasury
- estimated annual savings for telecommunications.
There is correspondence in French, with the Persian Foreign Minister and a newspaper cutting from Near East.
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- 1 volume (447 folios)
The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.
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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 449; 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
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