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'File 4/14 Property in Kuwait of Late Shaikh of Muhammarah (Khorramshahr)' [‎13r] (25/194)

The record is made up of 1 file (95 folios). It was created in 14 Jul 1936-12 Oct 1943. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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iOimpjINTlAL.
POLITICAL aGUNCY,
KUWAIT.
The 15th November 19 5 ®.
No.C-389.
From
Captain G.o.de Gaury, ^i.C. ,
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;
To
The Hon’ble the Political Resihent
in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , Bush ire
Late Ghaikh of ^ohaiamerah* s Property in Kuwait.
Sir
have the honour to refer to my Express Letter
No.C253 of the ,29th July 1956 in reply to your telegram
Jo.533 of the 15th July 19 36 , and to report that a somewhat
dramatic incident took place iBre on the 5th November arising
out of the desire of Abdul Majid and Mohammad Said, sons
of the late Shaikh Khaza’l Khan of Mohaiomerah, to partake of
their father’s property without delaying for the distribution
under ohara T Law.
2. They decided late on 12ie 4th to make a dash the
next morning from Basra for Kuwait intending as their elder
brother Chasib'believed, to sell or raise money locally on
the movable property of the late Shaikh and possibly seize
the arms mentioned in the telegram and letter to which I
refer above.
3. They chose for their journey a 12 cylinder Buiok
car in which they probably hoped to outdistance any pursuers
by several hours. Chasib hearing of their intention very
sensibly stayed to obtain from the late Chaikh’s Agent in
Basra, Khan Bahadur Mirza Mohammad Ahmad of Basra, who holds
power of attorney for Chasib and a number of the heirs, a
letter 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. seeking his good offices
in the matter. He was able to set out after his brothers only
a few minutes behind them at the start, but in a Chevrolet oar

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This file contains correspondence regarding property in Kuwait that was previously owned by the late Shaikh Khaz'al bin Jābir al-Ka‘bī, the former ruler of Mohammerah [Khorramshahr]. In addition to the property itself, the belongings inside it are also discussed including a large number of rifles and ammunition.

The correspondence is mainly between British officials, primarily those of the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. in Kuwait and the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in Bushire. However, the file also contains a limited amount of correspondence with the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, a Basra-based lawyer who represented Shaikh Khaz'al's heirs named Muhammad Ahmad and the heirs themselves. Much of this correspondence is in Arabic accompanied by translations in English.

On folio 88, the file contains a blueprint plan of Shaikh Khaz'als property (or 'palace') in Kuwait.

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1 file (95 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 97; 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 present in parallel; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled. One of the additional foliation sequences is written in red pencil between ff 15-29.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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