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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎20r] (54/730)

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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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PrOTn. The Hesldoncy A pert .Shargatu
To "The Honourable the P 0 lloical tees 1 dent In the ^.G.BUahire
No 374.
Dated 31st October 1925?.
A • C •,
T beer to report for your informat 1 on that on the xRth
October iQ25 the steamer" Khuzistan ,, arrived here? a north/wind
was blowing and the sea was then boisterous. T therefore sent
my clerk Husaln bin Hasan in a boat to call on borad that steamer,
U
with great difficulties/reached the steamer. He met Ha.li
Abdullah Williamson and ..he latter informed Husain that there
were on board the steamer two cr^logists named Vessrs Less and
^ray sent by the A.P.O.C.Ltd., Muhammerah for the pur-nose of
surveying the mountains in the district of Ras-ul-Khaimah
^oos-ul-Jebal # and -chat before doing so they want to see me and
tfc^discuss the matter. They therefore asked that T should send
them a sailing boat on the j.9th October* <55 to enable them to
come down weather permitting. T therefore sent them a boat and
they landed on the i9th idem and called on me in the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. .
They informed me that they want to survey the said mountains and
that T should/with somebody on mybehalf or to go with thorn]
to Ras-ul-K^aimah and to do the necessary arrangements for them
to reach the "Poos-ul-Jebal". I found it more advisable that I
should go with them to the destination they had in view so
that they may not come across with some difficulties with the
arabs of w Ras-u1-Khaimah M because they are wild and savagei.
On the 19th October 10 5,late in the evening,! went or> board
the said steamer and left Shargah in comna^y with the said
gentlemen and reached Ras-ul,fifHaimah the next day in the morning
Shaikh Sultan bin Salem called on board the steamer and T
arranged with him thejfcecessary arrangements desirable and then
wo landed• The Shaikh sent throe men on his behalf to accormany
the said party: T also sent my sone,with them also my guards.
These being done they left Ras-ul-Khalmah and having reached
the neighbouring mountains they did the necessary survey work anc

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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)
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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 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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