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'File 10/1 IV Bahrain Oil Concession' [‎27r] (68/476)

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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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THE BaHHEIN PETROLEUM COKI j ANY LIMITED.
19 Moorgate,
London, B.G.2.
1st August, 1933.
Dear Mr. Laithwaite, >
As I told you yesterday afternoon when we talked about the
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official letter received "by me from His Majesty's Colonial Office
dated the 28th July, 1935, I had then already sent a copy of
such letter by the fastest route to the Company in San Francisco
for their consideration and reply.
I am proposing to follow up with a cable to the Company
giving the purport of the Colonial Office letter, as I
understand it from you, as this;- That His ..ajesty's Government
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wish to make it quite clear to the Company that the letter of
the 17th May, 1933, written by Major Frank Holmes to 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. , Bahrein, is not to be regarded as importing an
offer made by His Excellency the Shaikh of Bahrein to this
Company, and further, that such letter deals with proposals
which have been definitely repudiated by His Excellency, with
the result that the position is now an open oxie and the Company
must start its negotiations afresh.
I am adding that I have assured you that the Company never
contemplated Deing in a position to accept the proposals in the
letoer of the 17th May, 1933 as an offer and thereby create a
binding contract, and that a further proposal from the Company
was already, i.e. prior to the 28th July, 1933, in the care of
Major Holmes for submission to His Excellency through the proper
channel.
It io understood that the Company will shortly receive a
further letter from His Majesty's Government concerning Major
Holmes. Ihis, when it is received, together with the accusations
txiea against Major Holmes in the said letter of the 28th July
1933, will receive the serious consideration of the Company.
T , , Yours sincerely, 3d/- H.R.Ballantyne.
•J-tr.Laithwaite, Esq.,
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. .

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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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