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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎2r] (18/730)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (361 folios). It was created in 11 Sep 1925-23 Feb 1934. 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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When Lees has got as far Horth as he can he
should either charter a dhow and go up the coast to Malcoifem \!
and Eltihinstone Inlets, or should return to Sohar or Maskat
and charter a dhow thence. If any of H.M's. ships are
available and could without inconvenience ferry him to
Malcolm or Elphinstone Inlets we should of course be very
If conditions admit we should like him to cross
the Mas and am Massif from Dibah to Fujairah Shinas or Sohar

- but this need not be arranged for at the moment: we should
however, be much obliged if you could collect any informat-
-ion re current political conditions for our guidance when
the time comes.
May we also ask you to be so good as to arrange
for hired transport for the party from Maskat Horthwards;
mules for riding and camels or donkeys for kit. I will
wire precise composition of the party and amount of trans-
-port required later. I presume that H.H. the Bultan
will provide all necessary guards on payment by us under
Article 7, 2nd schedule of the Agreement.
As regards Bhofar. I understand from you that
H.M.S.''Triad" would be leaving Bombay for Dhofar about
January 11th and that you would ask the S.H.O. to be so
good as to permit Lees to go in her to Dhofar with his
party - viz. Indian surveyor, interpreter, and probably
2 or 3 servants. Wb
We would probably leave the surveyor at Dhofar to
make a 1/4 inch reconnaissance of such parts of the hinter-
-land as are accessible and return to Maskat in the ^Triad"
after a cursory examination of the locality.
Should he find it necessary to stay longer we
would send a tanker to pick him up later.

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The volume contains correspondence 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. at Bahrain and 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 Shaikh of Qatar and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives, including Haji 'Abdullah Williamson, the Colonial Office and the Secretary of State for Colonies in London, regarding geologic surveys of Qatar and Trucial States, the concession of an exploration license in 1926 and its renewal with an agreement between the ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, and APOC, in 1932 (folios 57-59).

The volume also contains notes of meetings and correspondence regarding the early stages of the negotiations for the oil concession in Qatar, and the 1933 draft oil concessions (folios 120-125 and 248-268), with comments.

There are documents in Arabic, mainly letters to and from the Sheikh of Qatar. Some of the documents in the volume are marked as confidential.

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1 volume (361 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 331-345). 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, 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 first folio with 1, 1A, 1B, 1C and 1D; then 2-47; 48 and 48A; 49-97; 98, 98A, 98B and 98C; 99-283; 284 and 284A; 285-308; 309 and 309A; 310-313; 314 and 314A; 315-337; 338 and 338A and terminates with 349, which is the last number given to the final folio of the volume.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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