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'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [‎97r] (208/468)

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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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AN aLO- P ERSIAN OIL gqmpattv LTL,
ABADAN
PERSIA!. GULP.
CONFIDENT IAL.
No,72-1)/7 Dated 1st June 1933.
My dear Pow).e,
I telegraphed you on the 31st May that Williamson is
proceeding -o ahrain by Air n'ail on the eth June and thence
to Q,atar. has received instructions to obtain his le'tter
of authority and introduction from the Political Ar-ent -n/
having interviewed the Ruler of C,atar will then ret! r n't o
Bahrain again and report.
^^ ere cLf^er, J am anxious that Sampson should proceed
vati.out further de^ay. he possesses a passport visa for Qatar
ana the irue^al Coast, our l-ondon Principals appear to think
that his visit is in order (although they do not tell me
that they have been so informed by H.M.G.). and I now await
your authority for him to proceed, so the t I may instruct
him to Join Williamson in Bahrain on the latter's return.
-ou will be interested to learn that we have every
reason to believe Holmes has made fiefinite overtures to the
Huler of Qatar direct, and has received a reply granting
him permission to proceed to Q.atar when he is able to do so.
There is therefore no time to be lost. I have a wholesome
respect for Holmes♦ methods, or rather their results, and
I must get Sampson into ^atar before he appears on the
scene again.
Yours sincerely,
ISd.} E .K .O.Elkington.
Lieut.-Colonel T.C. ./.Fowle.C.E.l..,
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. in the
Persian <iuir,
The Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ,
BUSHIRE.

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Content

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)
Arrangement

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.

Physical characteristics

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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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