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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎163r] (350/730)

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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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Xrans lati or .
In the name of God the Mercifal*
15 11 aji ♦Abdullah Williamson, raeniber of the Anglo Persian
Oil Company, in virtue of the authority given to me by the said
Company, have asked, the. permission of His Excellency Shaikh
♦Abdullah, bin Qasim al Thani, Holer of Qatar, to bring a
Wireless Appa ratus and to install the same teniporarilv at Doha
for the purpose of the communications required by us at the
present time. After discussing the subject with His Excellency
I got His Excellency r s permission to import the same and install
it, subject to the following conditionsr-
1. Mot to install or work with the same without obtaining
first his (Shaikh^) consent, permission and order*
2. Should His Excellency have any need or wants to send
communication to any part It will be sent free of charge*
3. If, after the installation, he does not like the same
and found that it does not suit his wishes or meets with
his consent, I, 1 Abdullah, shall be ready to remove and
stop working with the same as soon as the first order is
received from him.
4. If I fail to remove the same and to stop working with
it ar, soon as His Excellency orders me to do so, he has
the full right to remove it himself and entirely stop
working on it.
5. The period for which the same should remain installed
and used depends on His Excellency who shall fix and
terminate the same ?fhenever he wants.
And, I Haji 'Abdullah, acting on behalf of the Company,
do hereby undertake to His Excellency Shaikh ♦Abdullah to accept
"the above conditions and abide by them.
22nd Safar 1352.
19th June 1933.
Sd. Al Haj ♦Abdullah Fadhil

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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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