Skip to item: of 730
Information about this record Back to top
Open in Universal viewer
Open in Mirador IIIF viewer

'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎50r] (116/730)

This item is part of

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.


This transcription is created automatically. It may contain errors.

Apply page layout

Jonf identiaS .
D.C.: T o: 153/0.
Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
'dir-irLjthe 2Bth. August 1932.
I BU8 Hin£ at Si O t. NCY.
I jlles sho\7ed me the agreement he had made with
Jhailch Ahdulla "bin a sin al Thani yesterday. It appears
to amount to sole permissioai to the A.P.O^G to make
a ^eolo^ical exploration of the ^atar Peninsula for two
application for a concessiaa. If at the end of two years
t ..iey ha Ye not submitted a concession or not submitted one
t..:at .13 aocopta'ole to the Jhai:di ? he is at liberty to ^ive
it to whomsoever he pleases.
lylles told me that he thought the Shaikh was a
very grasping old man and also that Doha was the worst
place he had ever been to,both of whioh facts amuiseime.
-e i^ad to pay far more than he intended for his temporary
concession and the Jhaikh is to receive ls.l ; 500 a month
duriiig these two years. I did not have time to take copies
of his agreements but he is goin- to send them b-r the
A ^
first doY/n r.ail from xioadaa.
i had no idea that the A.P.O.G '..'ere going to Qatar
and there is nothing on my file about their having per
mission to do so. Qatar was not under Bahrain in 1925
or whenever it -yas that they went he fore,so perhaps
permission was given them direct by the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. on the
former occasion.
|on|hle Lt Ool.T.0,W.Jcrle.0.B.A.,
roil tic al .e si dent 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.

About this item


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.

Extent and format
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.

Physical characteristics

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.

Written in
English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
View the complete information for this record

Use and share this item

Share this item
Cite this item in your research

'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎50r] (116/730), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/626, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 9 December 2019]

Link to this item
Embed this item

Copy and paste the code below into your web page where you would like to embed the image.

<meta charset="utf-8"><a href="">'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [&lrm;50r] (116/730)</a>
<a href="">
	<img src="!280,240/0/default.jpg" alt="" />
IIIF details

This record has a IIIF manifest available as follows. If you have a compatible viewer you can drag the icon to load it. in Universal viewerOpen in Mirador viewerMore options for embedding images

Use and reuse
Download this image