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'D 93 KUWAIT OIL A.P.O.C. (82/1 VI) and E. & G.S. (86/1 IV)' [‎34r] (86/526)

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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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8. -.s I have not unfrequently said
before, la3or T:r olraes is p remarkably clever man, and kno^s
the psychology of the ..rab better perhaps than any one I
know of today» One of the methods he employs both to im
press and to win confidence, is that of makOnr out that he
possesses powerful backers in London and ^nerica, who can
always be counted on to counteract the machinations J -"- 3
local Political Cffioers, who i.i t": - made cut to he
retrograde sortbof eople, feeat on keeping local Rulers
in leading strings; ^le rei30"~al of the original'"British
Kationalit^r Clause" was of course represented to have
been his, Tag or r olme s * doing, and the providing of
sensational "news," such as that mentioned in para 6 shove,
is merely done to support thfi impression he wishes to
convey, namely that he, Iiajor '", has much influence
in Government circles in London and so gets inner knowledge
of what is going to happen,
9. The Sheikh as you know is a simple
person at heart and though he prides himself on having
the shrewdness of a professional politician, in actual
fact he possesses little more than the suspicious cunning
inherent in every ITejdi or Bedouin Sheikh: It is not
difficult therefore for him to fall a prey to the clever
tactics of Ha3or Holmes,
10. In conclusion I give below some
observations on the oil situation as it stands in ICuwait
today, which may assist you to .understand what is going on.
(a) The Sheikh^would like to give the oil
concession to the Eastern and General,
Syndicate today, but is afraid of doing
so lest he offend H .ivx.G-.
(b) The Sheikh is playing a lone hand, and
takes no ones advice at all, nor would
any of his leading merchants be able to

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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)

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)' [‎34r] (86/526), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/623, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 14 October 2019]

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