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'File 2/5 VIII Shaikh’s Date Gardens.' [‎116r] (236/646)

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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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p.z. 8177/36.
(453/12'
ENCLOSURES IN TREASURY COVERING LETTER DATED 13tb NOVEMBER
1936, No. 8.32453/12.
TREASURY CHAMBERS,
WHITEHALL, S.W. 1'
14th November 1936*
Dear Ward,
Thank you for your letter of the 30tn October,
(E 6249/18/93), about the Sheikh’s date gardens. We
should be glad if you could amend the first sentence of
paragraph 3 of the draft despatch to end !f
definitely within the properties covered by the pledge’ 1 , and
then add the following sentence
’’In this connexion it must be remembered that the
Arabic word used in the pledge means gardens or plantations
consisting of date palms, and it is possible that the
question might arise as to whether a barren area lying
outside the planted area was covered by the pledge’.
I am sending a copy of this letter to olauson.
Yours, &c.,
(Sgd.) E. HALE*
** Ward Esq.,
Foreign Office.

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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)
Arrangement

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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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