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'File 82/1 III (F 64) Prospecting licenses for Kuwait, Bahrain, Nejd, Trucial Coast and Oman' [‎136r] (286/651)

The record is made up of 1 file (322 folios). It was created in 28 Nov 1923-9 Sep 1925. 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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LONDON, GLASGOW
AND NIOHAMMERAH.
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" ANQLOPERS."
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BENTLEY'8 AND
MCNEILL'S CODS.
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ALL COMMUNICATIONS TO BE ADDRESSED TO THE COMPANY.
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OUR RSPLY PLEAS®
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My dear Colonel Prideaux,
Many thanks for your letter ITo. D.O. 68l/S of the Jlst
of Deoemher. I have duly made the correction in your telegram
1192 of the 21st ultimo.
I am much obliged to you for the copies of telegrams
exchanged between yourself, the Secretary of State for the
Colonies, London, and the High Commissioner, Baghdad. In spite
of Major Holmes 1 assurance, I am convinced that he would not
have undertaken to contract with the Sheilch of Bahrain to sink
the two Artesian Wells for water if he had not had ^an Oil Con
cession as an ulterior motive. I suggest that if Major Holmes
is allowed to carry out his contract with the Sheikh, of Bahrain,
he wall not fail to make use of the opportunity to conduct
propaganda calculated to cause the Sheikh of Bahrain to refuse
to negotiate with this Company. I feel, therefore, that Major
Holmes, subject to your concurrence, should he asked to suspend
operations in connection with the Artesian Wells, at any rate
until after the 31st of March. You will recollect that the
Sheikh of Bahrain has already refused to allow the Company to
make even a surface examination of the oil potentialities of
the islands, and even although Major Holmes adheres strictly
to the terms of his telegram despatched to you "by the High
Commissioner on the Becemher, the fact that he was
■permitted to drill two Artesian Wells would undoubtedly provide
him with valuable geological information. I trust that it may
be possible for you to take steps to prevent Major Holmes from
commencing operations as indicated above in such a manner as
will not afford him an opportunity of making capital with the
Sheikh of Bahrain which will induce the latter to delay negotia
tions for an Oil Concession with the Company.
I am despatching Mackie in the course of the next few

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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 Sharjah, local rulers, and Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives on the negotiations for oil concessions in Kuwait, Bahrain, Nejd [Najd, Jubail, Saudi Arabia], Qatar, Muscat, Oman and Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. against the competitor Eastern and General Syndicate Limited, represented by Major Frank Holmes.

The volume includes the agreement on the oil exploration license in Muscat and Oman, in Arabic and English, signed on 18 May 1925, between Saiyid Taimur bin Faisal, Sultan of Muscat and Oman, and D'Arcy Exploration Company limited (folios 281-296).

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1 file (322 folios)
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The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order.

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The main foliation is circled in pencil, 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 begins with the first item of correspondence, on number 1, and ends with the last folio of writing, on number 314.

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'File 82/1 III (F 64) Prospecting licenses for Kuwait, Bahrain, Nejd, Trucial Coast and Oman' [‎136r] (286/651), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/620, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023603062.0x000057> [accessed 17 November 2019]

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