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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎220r] (464/730)

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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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My dear Fowle,
I enclose my official letter to you on the
latest stage of our negotiations with the Shaikh of Qatar.
In view of the Shaikh's recent visit to Riyadh it has been
sat: sfa.c t ory to find that,he shows no signs,. of wishing to
Keep us out of his territory until after August next, when,
on'the conclusion of our current agreement with him, he might
be able to invite other parties, such as the Hasa Concessionaires,
to Did for his concession.
dated Zth Iv ov em ber S.
pljl j ^ 01 'J vnr j uji n .J aju ^
fct-®SUH OIL COMPANY, LIMITED. .> * jljl ^ ^
1 have not mentioned in my official letter a matter
w^cn uhisholni mentioned to Col. Loch in Bahrein on his return
frani Qatar. This was that before commencing discussions in
Dohah on 16th October, the Shaikh showed to Chisholm a letter
Wfiic i he hau receivea u fe« uaya be fore- from the Political
Resident con cerning his rii-rotiati ons. This letter simply
aaviseff^the Shaikh on behOT^^-inErrS. that there are certain
points in our proposed draft Concession which must be altered,
.ne ohaikh professed to be perturbed at such a letter, which,
„»o re J 5Sed - t0 him ' a PP ea r'ed to imply that he had done something
ront,, and requested Chisholm to inform him whether he(the Shaikh)
was making an agreement with H.M.G. or the Anglo-Persian Oil
ompany. Chisholm advanced the view that the purpose of the
letter was purely to remirid the Shaikh that, in consequence of
a ? reeni ^ n1: ' s with H.M.G., no agreement between himself and
finfiiS- . other Company) for a Concession, could be
whst u b ^ nd;Ln S until it had been approved by and that
tpJi s ? u -'- a he ^done was for the Shaikh and himself to agree
ariJf 3 ' It P^sible, which would be binding if H.M.G. did not
. Shaikh that alterations should be made. This
n-^i2£ation ultimately satisfied the Shaikh and discussions
CM hi ' ^ word'inc of the letter which, as far as
Can stated that certain alterations
st be made", had had an unfortunate effect on the Shaikh.
h a . Up to date neither our London Office nor ourselves
heard of any alterations being required by H... .S. in our
PERSIAN GULF Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
no.-72 -„?/7.

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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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