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Coll 35/15 'Persian Gulf: Bahrain; issue of postage stamps' [‎109r] (216/379)

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The record is made up of 1 file (188 folios). It was created in 6 Sep 1931-22 Feb 1941. It was written in 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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Minute Paper.
poli t i cal Departm ent.
It, will he remembered that the Sheikh of
Bahrein seme time/asked that the Indian postage stamps
at present used in his state (which is served "by an
Indian post office under the control of the Government
of India) should (as is at present the practice in
Koweit) be surcharged ' , Bahrein ,, . It was agreed that
this proposal should be approved and the Universal
Postal Union were notified of the forthcoming issue
of surcharged stamps towards the end of last year.
The Persian Government, on receiving a
circular notification from the Universal Postal Union
on the subject, protested to the minister, who
recommended unostentatious delay in their issue to
avoid an acrimonious discussion". He was apprehensive
that the Persians might regard the issue of the
stamps as an infringement of the status quo
arrangement in the Gulf.
3* totters rested at this point until the early
part of this year, when, consequent on a formal
protest by the Persian Government to the Universal
Postal Union, which was circulated by the Union to
all States members, ano in the course of which they
reiterated their claim to Bahrein, it was agreed that_
a reply on the lines approved in our letter to the
Foreign Office of 23rd February, on P.Z.777/33 flagged,
should be sent. Sir H. Hoare subsequently
recommended (P.Z.2021/33) that the stamps should be
issued without further regard for Persian
susceptibilities. This proposal was accepted by and the Government of India, and the Minister
authorised to proceed accordingly.

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The file concerns postal service in Bahrain, and the issue of postage stamps for use in Bahrain.

The file contains:

  • Introduction and supply of Indian stamps overprinted with the word 'Bahrain', 1932
  • Persian protest against issue of Indian postage stamps surcharged 'Bahrain' and refusal to accept them, 1932
  • Persian claim to Bahrain, 1932
  • Surcharge of postage stamps for use in Bahrain, 1932
  • Bahrain postal service, 1940
  • Exchange of letters and parcels between Bahrain and Iran, 1940.

The file is composed of correspondence between: 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. ; the 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. ; the Foreign Office; the Government of India; HM Legation at Tehran; the League of Nations; the Persian Delegation to the League of Nations; the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Bahrain; the British Advisor to the Government of Bahrain, Sir Charles Dalrymple Belgrave; the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Hamad bin ‘Isa al-Khalifa; the Director-General of Posts and Telegraphs, India; the Director of Posts and Telegraphs, Sind and Baluchistan Circle, Karachi.

The file contains documents in French, letters from the Universal Postal Union and the Persian Delegation to the League of Nations.

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1 file (188 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 last folio with 189; 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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