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'D 93 KUWAIT OIL A.P.O.C. (82/1 VI) and E. & G.S. (86/1 IV)' [‎33r] (84/526)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (259 folios). It was created in 1 Feb 1933-30 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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3. This state of affairs I put down directly
to Major Holmes T influence, who nore than ever o p Irte
would seem to have gone out of his way to encourage t$e
Sheikh to look upon himself,(Major Holmes) as his "fidus
^chates' and mentor.
4. It is a curious fact that when llajor
Holmes is absent fromrluwait, the Sheikh at once becomes
his reasonable self a^ain and is ever ready to visit me
and discuss matters of state. But as soon as I-ajor Holmes
returns he seems to become the victim of some sort of
hypnotic influence, and is afraid to come near me . He
instead becomes a constant visitor to I.-ajor Holmes' house*
5^ I have little doubt that this rather
disturbing state "airs is due to the ideas eh
Llajo^ .Dimes fills his mind.
6In this last connection, 7 har 7 it from
the Sheikh himself recently that rajor ^'olmes on his lest
return from England, told him, as a fact, that m t.'.e
verv near future the Colonial Cffice would ceese to have
anv further say In Huwait affairs and that the -oieirn
Office alone would deal with his interests. He would seem
also to have implied that the Government of India would
recede into the background, and largely leave i uwait to
herself, llajor Holmes indeed mentioned this same thing to
me, stating that he had had it from a high Governr^eiit
Official in London.
7 ^ You will realize no doubt what a danger
ous effect such talk would have on the sim ; le mino. the
Sheikh especially when coming from the very man who is
trying to get a concession for the ^uneric^ns, E'nd m ~o is
for ever hinting that the ?T arch villain of the x S
the»Colonial Of fice, who are represented as being chiefly
against him.

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between the Foreign Secretary to the Government of India and the Secretary of State for the Colonies 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 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. at Kuwait and and Eastern and General Syndicate Limited (E.&G.S.) representatives. The main subject is the negotiations for oil concessions in Kuwait between APOC and Eastern and General Syndicate Limited, represented by Major Frank Holmes.

The volume also includes some letters, in Arabic and in translation, from and to the Ruler of Kuwait, Shaikh Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ, and correspondence regarging him being invited to visit London as guest of the Eastern and General Syndicate (folios 73-74). On folios 155A-166 'Final Record of a Meeting held at the Colonial Office on the 26th of April, 1933, to discuss various questions relating to Oil 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. ', regarding Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar.

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1 volume (259 folios)
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The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 237-244). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is written in pencil, not circled, and can be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

The numbering commences at the title page with 1, 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D; then 2-23; 24 and 24A; 25-45; 46 and 46A; 47-110; 111, 111A and 111B; 112-154; 155 and 155A; 156-176; 177-178 are missing or skipped; 179-185; 186 and 186A; 187-215; 216 and 216A and then it carries on until 245, which is the fifth folio from the back of the volume.

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'D 93 KUWAIT OIL A.P.O.C. (82/1 VI) and E. & G.S. (86/1 IV)' [‎33r] (84/526), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/623, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023609365.0x000055> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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