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'File 82/1 IV (F 79) Anglo Persian Oil Company Arab Side (Kuwait, Bahrain, Nejd)' [‎85r] (175/419)

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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THE ATHENyEUM, pall mall, s.w. i.
nfli I '
29th April, 1932.
My dear Dickson,
You will have been as disappointed to
receive, as v /e were to send, a telegram a fortnight
ago saying that we did not wish at present to negot
iate for a concession in Kuwait, and that we were
withdrawing our geologists. For tactical reasons
which I need not detail, it was necessary to send
this telegram and to withdraw our geologists, who
would in any case have been compelled by the heat to
leave within the month. The information that we were
getting was of a nature that would greatly interest
any of our competitors and we were not disposed to
make them a present of it. I do not mean you to
deduce from this statement that the views that we
formed regarding the prospects of commercial oil in
Kuwait were hopeful, but (unlike Major Frank Holmes)
v /e have interests in Persia and in Iraq through the
I.P.O., and the physical world being what it is geo
logical conditions in Kuwait may throw light on
conditions existing below the surface in neighbouring
countries and vice versa , and v /e are at this moment
engaged in putting down a deep test in the hills
south of Bushire, and our observations at Kuwait have
to be correlated with what we are getting in that
well. Thus looking at Kuwait, not merely from the
local point of view of a possible small oilfield but
as part of the geological problem of the countries
at the head of the 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. , v /e are, or are
likely to be, interested in the matter to the extent
of not wishing entirely to abandon further research
into the possibilities of Kuwait, though these are
of necessity very speculative.
I have no idea as to v/hether Frank
Holmes and his American backers are pushing the
Shaikh hard, or v/hether he is disposed to grant them
a concession. If, hov/ever, you think fit, you might

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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)

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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'File 82/1 IV (F 79) Anglo Persian Oil Company Arab Side (Kuwait, Bahrain, Nejd)' [‎85r] (175/419), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/621, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 December 2019]

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