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'File 82/1 IV (F 79) Anglo Persian Oil Company Arab Side (Kuwait, Bahrain, Nejd)' [‎83r] (171/419)

The record is made up of 1 file (204 folios). It was created in 30 Oct 1925-27 Sep 1932. 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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Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Kuwait.
May l£LQu-L232
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I am enclosing In original a "personal" letter which I
recently received from Sir Arnold Alison, as you ought to
be kept aware of every move In the "oil game" which Is going
on here.
2. On receipt of Sir Arnolds letter I took upon myself
the responsibility of seeing the Sheikh and informing him
verbally and in as tactful a manner as I could, of what the
former had said in his para 2. I of course took special
care to say that what I was communicating was entirely un
official . and that I was onl3r passing on a friendly message
of Sir Arnold Wilson, made to me in a purely private capacity,
I further added that I took no responsibility at all for what
I had been asked to spy,
3. The Sheikh as I expected he -.-rould^ rejected the proposal
at once, saying that it would neither be fair on himself or
on Holmes, were he to grant an exclusive option as promos^d.
He asked me to Inform Sir Arnold to tl.ls effect, and to say
that he was prepared to consider, as he had always been ready
to ^ formal application for an "oil concession" from
the A.P.0*0. in the same way as Holmes was doing, but nothing
more. The Company whicl offered the best terms would get the
concession, always provided that H,M.Gr,. approved the wording
of the various clauses,
4. The Sheikh rather heatedly told me that he had be.n
"blamed on all sides by letter and otherwise (presumably by
Holmes In particular) for having again allowed the A.P.0.3.
Geologists into his ccvr -try when another Companys proposals
were before him. He had however done so he said simply because
H.M,G-, had supported and blessed the A.P.O.Cs request. As
the A,P,0.0. had been foolish enough to withdraw their men,
he could not see his way to let them in again in order to sink
The Honble,
Lieut-Colonel H.V.Biscoe
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. i J :>e Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. ,

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between the Political Department, the Colonial Office and the Secretary of State at the 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. in London, 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 Bushire, the Political Agents at Kuwait and Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives. Main subjects are the negotiations for oil concessions mainly in Kuwait, but also in Bahrain and Nejd [Najd, Jubail, Saudi Arabia] against the competitor Eastern and General Syndicate Limited, represented by Major Frank Holmes, and a geological exploration of Kuwait by APOC.

The volume also includes a draft agreement on the oil exploration license in Kuwait, in Arabic and English, dated 13 August 1932, between Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ, ruler of Kuwait, and APOC (folios 120-131), and a Map of 'Kuwait Bay' on folio 132A.

Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential and there are some documents in Arabic.

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1 file (204 folios)
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The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the beginning of the volume, on folio 3, and notes at the end (folios 193-199).

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The main foliation is in pencil, encircled and in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering commences at the front cover with 1, then 1A and 1B; 2 and 2A; 3-128; 129 and 129A; 130, 131, 132 and 132A and then it carries on until 203, which is the last number given on the back cover. A second foliation sequence runs between ff. 3-190; these numbers are also written in pencil, are not circled and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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