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File 10/14 II Bahrain unallotted area [‎30r] (72/807)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (391 folios). It was created in 1 Sep 1938-30 Jun 1939. 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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sight one would assume that they had been subjected to
pressure by the American Company, but on reviewing the
past few months I do not believe this to be the true
explanation. The "active agents" on behalf of the Bahrain
Petroleum Company have throughout been Mr. Thornburg and
Hussain Yatim - the latter behind the scenes. The former
only returned to Bahrain a few days ago and, apart from a
formal call, aas not yet seen His Highness and his brothers.
Hussain Yatim has been in Europe and he also has only just
returned. I need not unduly lengthen this letter by giving
my further reasons for the belief, which is shared by Mr.
Belgrave, that American influence is not the cause.
6# On the other hand I have for some time doubted if
the belief in His Highness 1 entire contentment with his
(and the State 1 s) present income was altogether warranted.
It would be unjust to speak of avarice or greed in connection
with Shaikh Hamad, but he spends his money freely • and
enjoys it. It may be illustrative to note that his sole
comment on the last royalty cheque for over 18 lakhs of
rupees was that he trusted the next one would be better.
Finally, the Administration is faced by the dual necessity
for creating a large Reserve Fond and financing simultaneously
various major schemes as soon as they possibly can. Both
these are admirable objectives, but they serve to sharpen
both the desire for increased revenues and the fear of
retarded development of the American Company's existing
7. There is another point of much importance to which
attention should be drawn. The pearl industry is moribund,
and, so far as I can judge, the Gulf Arabs have now come to

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The volume contains minutes of meetings at Office of the Secretary of State for India in London, correspondence and telegrams between 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. at Bushire, 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. at Bahrain, the Adviser to the Bahrain Government, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and Bahrain Petroleum Limited (BAPCO) representatives on the negotiations for the oil concession over the 'Bahrain additional area', which includes islands, reefs and shoals.

The file contains copies of the 1934 deed of lease (folios 287-296 and 301-311) and of a draft of the supplemental lease of the additional area (folios 331-338).

There are letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah.

There are notes at the end of the volume (folios 362-380).

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1 volume (391 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume (folios 362-380). The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the volume.

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The foliation is written in pencil and can be found in the top right. Between 362-384, these numbers are circled. The numbering commences at the front cover with 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D and 1E; then 2-32; 33a and 33b; 34-50; 51 is missing or omitted; 52-155; 156A and 156B and it carries on until 384, which is the last number given on the back cover of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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