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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎61r] (136/470)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (223 folios). It was created in 27 Jan 1934-24 Mar 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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i.r..idlabi htxd large business connections In India, Sgypt
ond urkey ancl had of late :/ears supplied His Majesty King
n .c.ud \3 ith r.iuch o( his "stores'' requirements, both
ill tar/ snd civil arid only recently had purchased tents
for his Aslr osrapali-n.
-'?>•! King tos under a great debt to Jfr.Adlabl,
added the Shaikh, literally and metaphorically, and in
order to shm his gratitude and no doubt to prevent him
pr^oonting his prematurely, ^as reported to have
appointed him his accredited to deal any Oil
********* can Denies, who mi^t be desirous of getting fur
ther concessions in 3audi Arabia (exclusive of Hassa).
On my enquiring from where he, the Shaikh, had
got his information, he replied, ?, from Mohamed Tatim and
quite recently 1 . This latter person, ay you kno?/, is Major
Holmes* ''jackal" and visited ^/pt in December last, where
I strongly suspect that he met his employer and received
instructions for a new compai^pi in Kuwait.
"■ j 1 next made a guarded reference to M l tar end
enqulr-ed from the Shaikh how he thought the A.P.O.C* were
getting on In their negotiations with .shaikh Abdulla ibn
Thani. The Shaikh smillnr ly replied ttiat althou^i he did
not like to state it as a "positive fact", all news and
other indications that reached him from liiath showed that
Bin Gaud had definitely warned the ^haiicn of ^atar that he
was not at liberty to give any sort of Oil Concession to
the A.P.O.C, or other British concern, and that If he had
the temerity to do so, it would be at his peril. He, the
Shaikh, believed the above to be the true facts of the case,
and as far as he was concerned he was quite certciin that
the A«P # 0*C• would fail to get the concession they were after
and that the next step would be that Bin Saud would inform
the Shaikh of Qatar that he must give Oil Concession to his
proteges, the standard Oil Company of Californle. (In this

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The volume contains 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. in 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. in Bahrain and the Secretary of State for India, on the Qatar oil concession, on the Southern boundary of Qatar and on the role of Ibn Saud in the negotiation.

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There is an index at the end of the volume ( folios 211-216).

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1 volume (223 folios)

The papers in this file are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 211-216. 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 is on top right-hand corner, starting on the first page of writing and finishing on the back cover. The numbering is in pencil, enclosed by a circle and starts with 1, then 115, 116A, 116B, 116C, then carries on until 221, which is the last number given. There is a second pagination on the top right corner, uncircled, starting on folio 22 (numbered 21) to folio 100 (numbered 99) and then from folio 116a (numbered 113) until folio 210 (numbered 207).

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'File 10/3 III Qatar Oil Concession' [‎61r] (136/470), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/412, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 3 July 2020]

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