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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎154r] (332/730)

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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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Ml t Stai"!Ing said, that as far as tHe Petroleum Depart
ment was concerned, he saw no objection to Mr. Sampson hetag
allowed to proceed to Qatar and negotiate with the Shaikh for
the concession. It would he most unfortunate if iajor Holmes
were allowed to extend the sphere of his activities to Qatar.
Commander Hivett-temac enquired whether the Anglo-
Persian Oil Company could not invite the Burma Oil Company to
take up the concession. Mr. Hearn . however, said that this
would he out of the question, as it would he regarded by the
Iraq Petroleum Company as a breach of faith. Compgrnw
fiivett-Carnac then stated that if it was impossible for an
all-British Company to have the concession, he thought that
the Admiralty would undoubtedly regard the Iraq Petroleum
Company as preferable to the American interests working with
Major Holmes.
Mr. Hearn was asked whether a copy of the draft concessin
which Mr. Sampson was taking with him could be supplied to His
Majesty's Government. Mr. Hearn explained that certain
alterations would very likely be made locally in the draft
which was sent out from London. He was, however, quite
agreeable to the Political fiesident asking for a copy from the
local General Manager of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
The meeting agreed that a telegram should be sent
iffifflediately to the Political Hesident, inforniing him that,
unless there were other objections of which they were not
aware, His Majesty's Government saw no reason why Mr. Sampson
should not proceed to Qatar.
It was explained to Mr. Hearn mat His Majesty's
Government would wish to advise upon the draft concession in
the same way as they had offered their advice to ttie Siaikh of
Kuwait in connection with the drafts for a concession in that
territory. At the same time mention was made of the safe
guards which His Majesty's Government wished to see inserted
^ oil concessions granted to non-British companies over areas

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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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