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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎98r] (214/730)

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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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Dear Colonel Fowle,
dated 2Ctli May, 1933.
I write to confirm my telegram to you through Zieglers
dated the 17th May which read as follows;- . rj s
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"Referring to my letter 14th May re Qatar suggest when
authority received from you to proceed we send Williamson
in advance to explain position to Shaikh armed with
letter from you or Political Bahrein and us and that
Shaikh be not communicated with until Williamson has
broken ice."
I am frankly apprehensive lest the receipt of advice
from you direct that H.M.G. approves of our sending a represent
ative to his country in order to negotiate an Oil Concession
may make the Shaikh nervous and cause him to delay matters in
sortie way or other.
Whereas, if it could be arranged that I should send
Williamson alone and after the receipt of H.M.G's approval,
in order that he might gently persuade the Shaikh that the time
had now arrived to commence negotiations and that therefore
he had come to ask the Shaikh's views in this connection, then,
I believe, we might commit the Shaikh to commencing negotiations,
producing thereafter our authority to do so, or at such time
as required by him.
I trust you will agree, and advise me in this connection
at your convenience.
Lieut-Col. T.C.W.Fowle, C.B.E.,
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. ,
Yours sincerely,
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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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