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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎221r] (466/730)

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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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proposed draft Concession, which as you know was submitted
to them in London in May or early June last. If it is possible
for me to be informed of what such alterations are, I should
be very pleased to receive them.
I should be most grateful also if you could let me
know how, under H»1 .G' s existing relations with the Shaikh,
we stand in re gar a to the following points raised by him.
(1) ^ If we operate in Qatar, we shall require to engage
from the Shaikh, certain guards an d wat chmen, some of""
whom will be armed. I imagine practically every man
in Qatar has a firearm of some sort, but the Shaikh has
requested, if he has not sufficient arms for guards
required by us, Aether we can supply the necessary
rifles and ammunition. Could you inform me if we are
tied in any way in dealing with such a request?
(2) have asked that the prevailing text of any
agreement with the Shaikh should be the English text;
the Shaikh objects to this, and states thatTTF^ag^
ments with H.G. are in Arabic only, or that the^
Arabic prevails. Is this correct?
(3) ^ The Shaikh wants it defined that, if operating
in^Qatar, the Company will remove■any emp1oyee who is
objectionable to him, and that any"dispute between a
foreign employee of the Company and one of his subject
should be referred to him for settlement. We are anxious
to meet these requests as far as possible, but I should
like to know what, if any, agreements he has with H.M.G.
regarding jurisdiction over British nationals or foreigrers
generally before committing myself.
Yours sincerely
Lieut. Col. T.G.W. Fowle, G.B.E.,
- , ' le Hon'ble 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.
in the 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. ,
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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)
Arrangement

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.

Physical characteristics

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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