Coll 17/8(2) 'Shaikh of Koweit's Estates: Date gardens of the Shaikh in Iraq' [31r] (66/1246)
The record is made up of 1 volume (619 folios). It was created in 17 Jan 1934-22 May 1936. 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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’’arrived to try and settle this question with a view to
’’satisfying the Sheikh,
”1 told Nuri Pasha that we too had reached the
’’conclusion that it is now necessary to tackle this
’’matter de novo.
”Nuri Pasha leaves for London on or about April
’’The present atmosphere seems most favourable and
’’may not recur.”
3. We feel that sufficient material is now available
to hold the proposed interdepartmental meeting to consider
our general policy on the whole date gardens question, and
we should like to proceed with the meeting as soon as
possible. You will see that Clark Kerr, in his telegram No.
98 of May 1st, suggests that Stafford, who was Financial
Adviser to the High Commission and^for some time after the
termination of the mandatory regime,to the Embassy, should
be called in. Stafford’s employment in Iraq terminated a
little over a year ago, I believe, but I have now got into
touch with him, and it is clear that he has a very
considerable knowledge of the whole affair, and would be
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This volume is a continuation of IOR/L/PS/12/2853. It consists of extensive correspondence, memoranda and reports regarding date garden properties in Iraq owned by the Shaikh of Kuwait, changes to their tax-exempt status, and lawsuits regarding their ownership. Properties owned by the Shaikh of Mohammerah are also discussed in the volume.
The volume opens with correspondence regarding a plan to have the lawsuits against the Shaikh of Kuwait dropped, by paying the plaintiffs to desist. Other topics discussed include: a proposal to allow the Iraqi Government to tax the estates, and for HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. to compensate the Shaikhs of Kuwait and Mohammerah accordingly; difficulties in establishing the exact extent of the Iraq properties owned by the Shaikh of Kuwait; an application by the Basra Port Directorate to take possession of certain land belonging to the Fao property of the Shaikh of Kuwait; and suggestions that the Government of Iraq establish a commission to investigate the ownership and tax status of the properties.
The principal correspondents and authors are: the High Commissioner for Iraq (Francis Henry Humphrys), the Colonial Office, the Foreign Office, 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 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 (Harold Richard Patrick Dickson), 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. (Hugh Vincent Boscoe), and HM Ambassador to Iraq (Archibald Clark Kerr). The volume also contains translations of letters received from the Shaikh of Kuwait (Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ), his lawyer (Jacob Gabriel), and the Agent in Iraq to the Shaikh of Mohammerah (Shaikh Khaz'al bin Jābir Mirdāw al-Ka'bī).
The following reports and legal documents appear within the volume:
- Statements of losses sustained by the Shaikh of Kuwait through payment of the Istihlak tax, export duty, and compensating tenants during 1932-1933 and 1934, ff 506-530 and 190-196 respectively.
- Statements of losses sustained by the Shaikh of Mohammerah through payment of the Istihlak tax on his date properties in Iraq, ff 395-397, 399, and 401-403.
- Details of the garden properties which were in the possession of the Shaikh of Kuwait in 1914, and which were included in HMG Her or His Majesty’s Government in London. 's 1914 pledge (Al Mutaawa'ah, Al Faddaghiyeh, Al Farhaniyeh - cum - Kushaishiyeh, Al Fao, and Al 'Ujairawiyeh), ff 348-360.
- Translation of a letter from Jacob Gabriel to the Mutasarrif of Basra, regarding the Port Directorate application, ff 266-268.
- Note on the exempted 'Ujairawiyeh estate, made by 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, ff 279-280.
- Reports 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. , Kuwait on the Shaikh's estae at Fao, including a diagram of the contended plots, and an excerpt from the An Nas newspaper providing details of the boundaries of the estate, ff 74-82.
- Details of the suits brought against the Shaikh in respect of certain land or land rights, including a list of cases to be heard in the Basra Court of First Instance, ff 86-92.
- Historical summary of the case, and proposals made by HM Ambassador to Iraq, ff 9-24.
The file continues with Collection 17/8 part 3, reference IOR/L/PS/12/2855.
The volume includes dividers which give lists of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. These are placed at the end of the correspondence (folios 4-5).
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The papers are arranged in rough chronological order from the rear to the front of the volume.
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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 621; 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 4-618; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.
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