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Miscellaneous correspondence, reports, maps and other papers concerning the Middle East [‎94v] (189/220)

The record is made up of 1 file (110 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1893-19 Dec 1918. It was written in English and French. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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main at Hail, Ibn Sand would harass and attack him as opportunity offered,.,
using the Qasim as a base. In view of the strain upon his resources during the
last two years, he has been given 3,000 rifles with ammunition, as well as four
machine guns, and granted a monthly subsidy of <£5,000 to cover the expenses,
he will incur in maintaining his men in the field. Active co-operation with
the Sharif was not considered practicable, but Ibn Saud was ready to send
one of his sons with some 40 men to Mecca as a sign of goodwill, if the Sharif
would make a special request for them.
Secondly, a letter was written by Ibn Saud, in the name of the three
chiefs, to Ajaimi Ibn Sadun urging upon him the harm which he was
doing to the Arab cause by his present attitude, inviting him to enter into
communication with them and promising him friendly consideration and an
opportunity for honourable submission.
Finally, with the co-operation of Shaikh Jabir of Kuwait and the diplo
matic skill of the Shaikh of Muhammerah who was throughout of the highest
service to the Chief Political Officer, the delicate problem raised by the pre
sence of the Ajman among the friendly tribes reached a satisfactory solu
tion. For the period of the war a truce between Ibn Saud and the Ajman
was agreed upon and instructions were drafted defining the position of the
fugitive Shaikhs with respect to all tribes under our protection. On his
return to Basrah, Sir Percy Cox called in the Ajman leaders. They had been
profoundly disquieted by the advent of Ibn Saud thinking that it augured
ill for themselves, but the principal and more courageous headmen met the
Chief Political Officer at Zubair and accepted the proposed terms, in return
for which they were promised a monthly allowance similar to that received by
the other friendly Shaikhs of the Shamiyah. They evinced little doubt that
the remaining headmen of the Ajman, including the two who were still with
Ajaimi, would come in as soon as they heard of the happy issue of their oavu>
Letters have been written to Fahad Beg Ibn Hadhdhal informing him of
the Kuwait meeting and inviting him to join the league of Arab chiefs in
expelling the Turks. These have been sent through a man from Fahad Beg’s
tents who was in Basrah at the time of Ibn Sand’s visit and went to see him
at Muhammerah, where he received advice and instruction from Shaikh
Khazal in full measure. He was entrusted also with letters from the Sharif
which have been waiting opportunity of despatch to Fahad Beg, Hachim al
Muhaid, Ali Sulaiman of the Dulaim and others, and with presents in money
to guide Fahad Beg’s decision and to encourage the amicable disposition of
the Shaikh of the Dahamshah, Jaza Ibn Mijlad. Communications of the
same nature are on their way to Atiyah al Qulal of Najaf and Muhammad Ali
Kamunah of Karbala.

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The file contains correspondence, memoranda, maps, and other papers relating to Middle Eastern affairs and a few other miscellaneous matters. The majority of the file concerns discussions of and proposals for the post-war settlement of Near Eastern territories, including Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Syria, Palestine, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula. The basis of these discussions was the Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916.

Other matters covered by the papers include events in Siam [Thailand] and Burmah [Myanmar] and the colonial rivalry in the region between France and Britain, the Baghdad Railway, and relations with Ibn Saud in Arabia, including a report on the 1917-18 mission to Najd by Harry St John Philby (folios 67-98).

Folios 99-110 are six maps with accompanying notes that show the various proposed territorial settlements and spheres of influence in the Near East and one showing Britain's global colonial possessions.

Memoranda and correspondence comes from officials at the Foreign Office and 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. . Other correspondents include French and Italian government officials.

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1 file (110 folios)

The file is arranged in roughly chronological order, from the front to the back.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front of the envelope with 1, and terminates at the inside back last page with 110, 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.

Pagination: the file also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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English and French in Latin script
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