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'File 10/1 II Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎36r] (86/495)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (246 folios). It was created in 1 Feb 1933-23 Jun 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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TELEGRAM from the Secretary of State for the Colonies to the
Acting Reeident in 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. .
(Sent 12*50 p .m. 19th January 1933),
No.l Confidential.
My confidential despatch of 5th January Bahrain
Oil Concession. Company are anxious that Supplementary
Agreement should be concluded as early as possible in order
not to delay testing operations in Bahrain, Can you take
steps to ensure its execution not later than the first week
in February ? Telegraph reply early.

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The volume contains telegrams and correspondence exchanged between Major Frank Holmes, Chief Local Representative of the Bahrein Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO), the Colonial Office, 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 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. . Most correspondence is about the discovery of oil in well number 2, the negotiations for the oil concession and the method for measuring oil for royalty purposes.

The volume also contains some documents in Arabic: several letters from the Sheikh of Bahrain Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah and an indenture between BAPCO and the Sheikh (folios 19-21).

There are file notes at the end of the volume (folios 229-236).

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1 volume (246 folios)

There are file notes at the end of the volume (folios 229-236). The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the volume; they give brief description of correspondence with a reference number which refers back to that correspondence in the file.

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There are two foliation sequences. The most complete sequence is encircled, in pencil, at the top of each folio. It begins on the second folio, on number 2, then it continues with 2A, 2B; 3-122; 123, 123A, and runs through to 242, which is the last number given, on the back cover of the volume. Another sequence, which is incomplete, is written in pencil, in the top right corner.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/1 II Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎36r] (86/495), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/389, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 6 December 2019]

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