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'File II. IRAQ (3) Vol. 1 Shaikh of Kuwait's Date Gardens on the Shatt-al Arab. (Kuwait's relations with Turkish Govt. and Turkish demand that Kuwaitis should take out Turkish Nationality Certificates)' [‎31r] (62/636)

The record is made up of 1 volume (307 folios). It was created in 18 Sep 1904-10 Nov 1913. 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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No. 3463, dated Bushire, the 9th (received 22nd) December 1908 (Confidential).
From— Major P. Z. Cox, C.I.E., 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. ,
r ^° ^'^ ie Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign Department.
In connection with the correspondence ending with my letter No. 2745,
dated 13th September 1908, regarding affairs at Katif, I have the honour to
report that, on the 1st instant, on Sheikh Mubarak’s return to Mohammerah from
the Sheikh of Mohammerah’s base of operations on the Karun where he and a
few retainers had been staying with his friend Sheikh Khazal {vide the weekly
diaries of this Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ), Mr. McDouall visited him, and as it seems of
interest, I beg to communicate the following note of what passed.
2. Mr. McDouall understood Sheikh Mubarak to say that the Wall of
Basrah had just sent a confidential messenger to him to say that he had instruc
tions from Constantinople to give Mubarak the Governors hip of Katif and
A1 Hasa; that it was not necessary for Sheikh Mubarak to go to A1 Hasa
himself he was at liberty to depute his son, hut that the Porte were desirous
that he should take over the districts. Mubarak replied that while anxious to
show his friendship (sidaqeh) to the Turkish Government, it was quite impos
sible for him to undertake such a task, and he had no one to send, his sons
being fully engaged at Koweit owing to his own frequent absences from home.
The messenger then proceeded to make enquiries about the Sheikh of
Mohammerah and Sheikh Mubarak’s relations with hi m, especially alluding to
the expedition which the former had just concluded. Sheikh Mubarak states
that he replied that he had simply been on a friendly visit to Sheikh Khazal,
taking only 10 of his servants with him ; that Khazal was busy by day but
he (Mubarak) used to go out hunting during the day (the sport being good in
the surrounding country), and to spend his evenings and leisure moments
with his friend.
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S. G. P. I .—2642 F. D.— 6 . 1 . 09 — 44 —C. A. G.

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes, relating to the:

  • Shaikh of Kuwait's date gardens on the Shatt al-`Arab
  • Turkish demand that Kuwaitis should take out Turkish Nationality Certificates
  • registration of Shaikh Mubarak's property at Faddaghiya
  • offer of a cash salary to Shaikh of Kuwait as Qaimaqam

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; the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Mubarak al Sabah; and 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 Turkish Arabia, John Gordon Lorimer.

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1 volume (307 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 309; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located at the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-308; 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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