'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [79r] (172/468)
The record is made up of 1 volume (222 folios). It was created in 27 Aug 1932-7 Nov 1933. 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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ANGLO-PERSIAN OIL COMPANY,LIMITED.
Dated the 20th May 1935.
Dear Colonel yowle,
I write to confirm my telegram to you through ^ieglere
dfted the 17th ilay which read as follows:-
H Referring to my letter 14th May re Q.atar suggest
when authority received from you to proceed we
send iVilliamson in advance to explain position to
Shaikh armed with letter from you or Political
Bahrain and us and that Shaikh be not communicated
with until Williamson has broken ice H .
I am frankly apprehensive lest the receipt of advice
from you direct that K.M.G. approves of our sending a represent
ative to his country in order to negotiate an Oil Concession
may make the Shaikh nervous and cause him to delay matters in
some way or other.
Whereas, if it could be arranged that I should send
Williamson alone and after the receipt of H.M.G^s approval,
in order that he might gently persuade the Shaikh that the
time had now arrived to commence negotiations and that there
fore he had come to ask the Shaikh's views in this connection,
then, I believe, we might commit the Shaikh to commencing
negotiations, producing thereafter our authority to do so,
or at such time as required by him.
I trust you will agree, and advise me in this
connection at your convenience.
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The volume contains correspondence between the Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) and the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Bahrain regarding the oil concessions in Qatar. It contains copies of the exclusive exploration agreement granted by Abdullah Ibn Qasim al Thani, Sheikh of Qatar, on 27 August 1932, permitting to A.P.O.C to make a geological exploration for two years and the sole right to submit an application for a concession, in consideration of a monthly payment of 1500 rupees per month.
The volume includes:
- confidential letters sent by C.C. Mylles, representative of the A.P.O.C. delegation in Qatar, led by Haji Williamson;
- correspondence regarding the Qatar geological survey, carried out by two geologists: Dr E. W. Shaw and Mr P. T. Cox, who sailed from Adaban in the S.S. Khuzistan, on 30 January 1933;
- correspondence on the negotiations for oil concession in Qatar, led by Haji Williamson and Mr A. C. Sampson;
- planning of a visit to the Sheikh 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. in Bahrain, on 6 June 1933;
- draft of the Qatar oil agreement between the Sheikh of Qatar and A.P.O.C., which wasn't signed for disagreements on financial matters (ff. 102-107 and 132-134);
- correspondence on the boundaries of Qatar (ff. 150-152 and 167- 169);
- comments on the Agreement from the Foreign Office and from the Secretary of State for India, proposing the introduction of a British Nationality Clause (f. 191) to protect from U.S. interests in the area.
There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 212-218).
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- 1 volume (222 folios)
The items in the volume are arranged in chronological order from earliest to latest with earlier documents attached. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 212-218. The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in blue crayon, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.
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The main foliation is in pencil on the top right corner, starting on the first and ending on the last page of writing. The numbering starts with 1, then 156, 156A, 157, 168, 168A, 169, 199, 199A, 199B, 200, and then carries on until 218, which is the last number given. There is a second foliation in blue pencil in the top centre, starting on folio 166 (numbered 164) to folio 210 and then starts on the index with folio 212 (numbered 2) until folio 215 (numbered 5).
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