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'File 10/3 II Qatar Oil Concession' [‎15r] (44/520)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (252 folios). It was created in 1916-1934. 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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72 - JD/7, 7tli KoTeaber 1923.
My dear Powle,
I enclose official letter to you on the latest
stage of our negotiations with the Shaikh of ^ In
view of the Jhaikh f 8 recent visit to Idymdh it has hean
satisfactory to find that he shows no signs of wishing to
keep us out of his territory until after August next,"
when, on the conclusion of our current agraement with
hiffi, he mi&ut oe aDie to Invite otuei paxtieb, such as
the iiasa Oonoessionaires, to Tsid for his conoession.
I have not mentioned in my ofticial letter a
matter which Ohisholm mentionea to Colonel Loch in
iiahrain on his return from 4atar, This was that terore
commencing discussions in Dohah on 16th October, the
Shaikh showed to Ohisholm a letter whfch he had received
a few days before frcxm the Political Besident concerning
his negotiations. This letter simply advised the Shaikh
on behalf of H.ii.Gr. that there are certain points in our
proposed draft Concession which must he altered. The
Shaikh professed to he perturbed at such a letter, which,
addressed to him, appeared to imply that he haa done
something wrong, and requested Ohisholm to inform him
whether he \the ShaikhJ was making an agreement with
H.M.a. or the Anglo-Persian Oil Company. Chisholm
advanced the view that the purpose of the letter was
purely to remaind the jhaikh that, in consequence of his
agreements with , no agreement between himself
and ourselves(or any other Company) for a concession,
could 03 finally binding until it had been approved by
•*.£.; and that what should be done was for"the Shaikh
and himself to agree terms, if possible, which would be
binding if H.M.G. did not advise the shaikh that altera
tions should be maae. This explanation ultimately
satisfied the Jhaikh and discussions proceeded, but the
wording of the letcer which, as far as Ohisholm can
recollect, stated that certain alterations "must be
maQe% aaa had an unfortunate efiewt on bh*> ^aaikh.
Up to date neither our London Office nor otrselves
have heard of any alterations being required by H.&.G.
in our proposed draft Concession, which, as you know,
was submitted to them in London in kay or early June
last. If it is possible for me to be informed of what
such alterations are, I should be very pleased to
receive them.
I should be most g ateful also if you could let
me kflow how, under H.k'.G.'s existing relations with the
shaikh, we stand in regard to the following points
raised by him.

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The papers in this volume date mostly from 1933-1934. The volume contains copies of correspondence 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 Bahrain and the Secretary of State for India in London about oil concession in Qatar and the negotiations between the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) and the Sheikh of Qatar.

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There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 243-247).

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1 volume (252 folios)

The items in the volume are arranged in chronological order from earliest to latest with earlier documents attached to the file. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 243-247. The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation starts on the first page of writing on the top right-hand corner and finishes on the back cover, on folio 252. Numbers are in pencil, circled. There is a second foliation in blue crayon first and then in black pencil on the top centre and then on the top right corner, uncircled, starting on folio 1 (numbered 1) to folio 26 (numbered 26) , then folio 27 (numbered 26a) to folio 47 (numbered 26v), folio 48 (numbered 27) ending on folio 242 (numbered 220).

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