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'File 10/1 VI Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎80r] (176/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (231 folios). It was created in 1 Dec 1933-19 Feb 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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D.0.No:C/U-10/l.Vl. Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
BaJarain, the ytn January 1934.
Dear Colonel Fowle, J)
»ill you kindly refer to Prior's demi-olTicial letter
No:C/12^ dated the 16th July 1932 to the late Sir Hugh Biscoe
about a promise to ShaiKh 'Abdullah bin Isa Al IChalifah of a
present of^one per centum of the original share capital of the
first company formed by the Eastern and General Syndicate
Limited to explore and develop their concession in Bahrain in
return for his help on securing the concession.
2. I now enclose a copy of the marginally noted documents
handed to
me on the
1933 by
'Abdullah bin ? Isa Al KhalifahjWho asked my advice whether he
should take the cash or the shares. He appeared to think that
it might pay him to take the shares and hold them for a rise
of price.
I said the wording seemed to leave it to the Company
to decide whether he should be given shares or cash. 1 told
him that it looked to me as if he had been "done" as obviously
if there was oil the shares would be likely to become really
3. 1 said that I should hesitate to interpret the wording
myself,but would make enquiries as to its legal meaning.
fte honourable
Lieut-Colonel T.C.i.Fowle,G.B.S.,
-olitical Resident in the
r ersian Gulf.
1.Letter dated 28th July 1932 from Shaikh'Abdullah
bin 'Isa Al Khalifah to the Eastern and General
Syndicate Limited,London.
2.Letter dated 19th September 1932 from Major
Frank Holmes to Shaikh 'Abdullah bin 'Isa Al
3.Letter dated 19th September 1932 from Major
Frank Holmes to Shaikh 'Abdullah bin 'Isa A!
'Abdullah bin 'Isa Al

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between 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, 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. in Bushire, the Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited on the acquisition of land on Sitra Island, under the prospecting license for the purpose of ships anchorage, on a refinery to be built on Bahrain Island, and on the employment of United States' personnel in Bahrain.

There are several maps in the volume:

  • Sketch Map of Sitra Island and Sitra Channel, off the coast of the Bahrain Island (f. 15);
  • 'Sketch "D" Layout of Ships Anchorage' (f. 72);
  • 'Sketch "E" Channel Marking Buoys' (f. 73);
  • blue print of 'Area to be Reserved for Permanent Camp' (f. 138);
  • blue print of 'SUBMARINE LINE TERMINAL' (f. 157).

The volume also includes: crew list of people on board the Standard Oil of California's tank ship El Secundo , sailed from San Pedro, California, to Bahrain. (folios 149-151) and newspaper cuttings about the discovery of oil in the Gulf. There are letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah.

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 206-220).

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1 volume (231 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 206-220). 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 main foliation is encircled in pencil at the top of each folio. The numbering begins on the first page of writing, on number 1, then it carries on until 71, 71A, 72, and it runs through to 225, which is the last number given, on the back cover of the volume. There are also two incomplete foliation sequences.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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