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'File 2/5 VIII Shaikh’s Date Gardens.' [‎98r] (200/646)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (319 folios). It was created in 2 Jul 1936-10 Mar 1938. 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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that it is unnecessary to say anything to the Sheikh at this
stage, but that His Majesty’s Government might make up their
own minds on the subject. We should accordingly be glad
to know whether you agree with the view stated above.
4. As regards the second point, we agree with Powle
that if the Sheikh is confirmed by the Land Settlement
Officers in the possession of land additional to that which
was possessed in 1914, it would not in any way affect His
Majesty s Government s obligations to him in regard to the
1914 pledge or enable them to evade responsibility for
compensating him in respect of land possessed in 1914 of
which the Land Settlement procedure deprives him. Would you
kindly confirm that you agree with this view?
5. I am sending a copy of this letter to Hale.
Yours sincerely,
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' SMJ "• OUUSON

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The volume contains correspondence related to the date gardens owned by the Shaikh of Kuwait, Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ, in southern Iraq. In particular, the correspondence concerns the service of judicial documents emanating from the Iraqi Government on the Shaikh of Kuwait in connection with his ownership of the gardens. 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. , Bushire, together with 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. in Kuwait and the British Ambassador in Baghdad mediate the talks between the Shaikh of Kuwait and the Iraqi Ministry for Foreign Affairs in order to resolve the issue.

The volume includes correspondence from 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. and the Foreign Office discussing the issue of the Iraqi Government considering part of the Shaikh’s land as mowat (land which is not cultivated because it is not cultivable), and therefore, to be confiscated by the state. The volume also includes correspondence from the Shaikh of Kuwait complaining against the Iraqi Government for putting obstacles in the way of his agents and officials administrating his properties. Upon request, the Shaikh provides a list of names of the heirs of Shaikh Mubarak who have rights to the date gardens.

British Officials discuss a few other issues including: the court case disputing the Shaikh’s ownership of the date gardens having been prosecuted by the heirs of Ali Pasha Al-Zuhair at the Court of Basra, the cancellation of the attorney given by the Shaikh of Kuwait to his pleader in Basra, Abdul Jalil Partu, the suggestion of appointing an Egyptian lawyer to plead for the Shaikh at court, the importance of the Shaikh’s cooperation in taking anti-smuggling measures, the Iraq Land Settlement Law, and the British Government’s proposals for a comprehensive settlement of the date gardens issue.

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1 volume (319 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 inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 321; 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. Three additional foliation sequences are also present in parallel between ff 6-316, ff 69-199, and ff 242-316; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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