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'File 10/1 IV Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎23r] (60/476)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 31 Jul 1933-4 Oct 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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IHDIA OFFICE,
WHITEHALL, S.W.I.
4660/55. 2nd August 1953.
Dear Starling,
As you will have seen_frcsn the Political Residents
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telegram No.619 of 31st July, the Sheikh is pressing for
advice from His Majesty's Government as to whether the
Bahrain Petroleum Company are entitled as of right to a
further extension of their prospecting license under
Article 4 of the existing concession. The position
appears to be that the Treasury Solicitor gave certain
advice on this point in his letter dated 18th May,
copies of which were sent by the Colonial Office to 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 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. with their
confidential despatch of 25th May. 3 -
In the light of Sir Maurice Gwyer's opinion, the
Ccmpany were asked on 25th May to furnish certain
further information to facilitate consideration of their
application. This information was duly furnished on
4th July and was sent to you for comments by the Colonial
Office.
I write now to say that we shall be very grateful
if you can help us to clear this point out of the way
by letting us have an early report on the information
required by the Company, in the light of which we can
discuss inter-departmentally if necessary, the answer
to be sent to the Sheikh.
Starling, Esq.
Territorial/

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The volume mainly contains correspondence, telegrams and notes of meetings 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 Secretary of State for India, the Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the Bahrain Oil Concession. The volume also contains correspondence and notes of meetings on the aquisitition of oil rights over an additional area, including the territorial waters of the Bahrain Islands. There are also letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah, and confidential correspondence regarding the resignation of Major Holmes from Chief Local Representative of BAPCO, and the translation of a speech read in his honour by Ali bin Hussein (folios 201-203). Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 217-227).

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1 volume (238 folios)
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The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 217-227). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in ink crayon or pencil, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation sequence is circled in pencil, at the top of each folio. It begins on the first page of writing, on number 2, and runs through to 233, ending on the inside of the back cover of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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