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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎58r] (134/730)

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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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Literal translation of a letter dated 26th August 1932
from the Raler of Qatar.
in the Name of God the Merciful and Gracious
From:- Abdullah bin Qasim ath Thani, Ruler of Qater
Tot- Mr. C.C.Mylles, Representative of the Anglo-Persian
Oil Company Ltd.
The usual complimentary beginning.
Your letter dated 25th August 1932 (24th Rabia ath Thani
1351) duly reached me and I have understood what you have
written viz., your business on behalf of the Company named
and described above in this letter, that we should grant you
a Concession for the examination of the Country of Qatar to
explore for the signs indicating the presence of oil and that
the said concession should be for a period of two years only
commencing from the month of Habia ath Thani 1351 (August 1932)
and finishing in Habia ath Thani 1353 and that you undertake
to us in accordance with your authority from the abovementioned
Company i.e. the Anglo-Persian Oil Co.Ltd. that you will pay
to us during these two years mentioned a sum of Rs.1500 in
each month.
And I have accepted that on the condition stated and
after the expiry of the two years there may occur between
us negotiations and discussions and if we receive from you
agreement to conditions which please us, may it be to the good
and a blessing, and if we do not receive from you agreement to
conditions which we will accept, then we have full liberty to
conclude an agreement with any person or company which pleases
us and which we consider suitable and there will not remain
to you the least right to concessions in the Country of Qatar.
Usual complimentary ending dated 23rd Habia ath Thani 1351
Added. And in the period of these two years mentioned we
will not permit anyone except you to examine the Country of

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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.

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.

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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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