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'File 10/3 I Qatar Oil Concession' [‎161r] (340/468)

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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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iff. fltarlIpti sai ; Uiat as far hg ttie Fetrolijutu Depart
ment was concemea, ha saw no objection to Lr. iiampson bein^
allowed to proceed to Qatar and rt. got lata with the shaikh for
f the concession, it would be most unfortunate if *aJor Holmes
were allowed to extend the sphere of his activities to ^atar.
gipmmand 0 r ^tlv^tt-C;■.TTic'.c enquired whether the Anglo-
Perslan Oil Company could not Invite the Buma OU Gompany to
take u F the concession. Kir. Hearn. however, aald that this
would be out of the question, as It would be regarded by the
Iraq Petroleum Company as a breach of faith. aoiii., H .ndfir
aiY^tt-Uarnuc then stated that If it was Impossible for an
all-Brltlsh Company to have the concession, he thou^t that
the Admiralty would undoubtedly regard the Iraq Petroleum
Company as preieraule to tfio j merloan Interests working with
Itajor Holmes.
fefi iiearn was asked wnether a copy of the draft concesstoT
which kr. iiampson was taking with him could be supplied to His
Majesty's Government. Mr. Hearn explained that certain
alterations would very likely be made locally In the draft
which was sent out from London. He was, however, quite
agreeable to 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. asking for a copy from the
local General kanager of the /nglo-Perelan Oil Company. ,
The meeting agreed that a telegten should be sent /
x Tt
Immediately to the Political Hesloent, Informing him that,
^less there were other objections of which they were not
^ware. His kajesty's Government saw no reason why Jr. Sampson
should not proceed to Qatar.
It was explained to Jvr. Hearn that Hla Majesty's
government would wish to advise upon the draft concession In
^e same way as they had offered tnelr advice to the Shaikh of
Kuwait in connection with the drafts for a concession In that
territory. At the same time mention was made of the safe-
fcUards which His Majesty's Government wished to see Inserted
^ oil concessions granted to non-Brltlsh companies over areas

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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).

Extent and format
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.

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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