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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎126r] (276/730)

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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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D.,0.110.604-8 of 1933.
The Fealdency,
BUSHIRE, the 5th June 1933.
In ray telegram to you of to-day, sent through Chauncy
on receipt of your letter Ilo.72-D/7f dated the let June and
-telegram of 4th June, I aaked that Sampson should stay at Bahrain
till the return of Colonel I ocii, about 14th. J"ule f from a tour
of C^atar and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. on which he is setting out to-day#
My reason for this, apart from the desirability of
Sampson's seeing uolonel Loch before proceeding to '4atar, is
that under instructions from His Majesty's Government I have
sent Colonel Loch by to-day'a raril s letter for transmission to
the Shaikh of Q.atar conveying the formal approval of His Majesty's
Government to his agreement of "ugust 1932 with your Company
and reminding him of his tresty obligation not to grant any
concessions without the consent of His Eajesty's uovernment.
I have instructed Colonel Loch to hold this letter up till
Sfilllamson has got tteough hin preliminary talk with the Shaikh
and sounded the "all clear", but wish it to reach the Shaikh
before Sampson's visit.
Sampson will But be subjected to any great delay at
Bahrain as he will not arrive there more than a day or two before
Colonel Loch's return.
The letter of introduction for Sampson wil3|be sent to
Colonel Loch by the next mall. I.e. the one that Sampson Is due
to travel by.
trj^ I
0. Klki ngt on, Esqul r e,
General Manager,
^he Anglo-Persian Oil
Company Limited,
Abadan # ^

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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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