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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎236r] (496/730)

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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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against the local inhabitants, and all the Political
Hesiiient car? do, vihen approached on the subject by the
creditors, is to try to arrange some sort of com^ro^ise
tbrongh the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent, and^bring presrure to bear on
the Bhallch - if it is practicable to bring that "pressure*
Similarly, there is no Machinery for settling criminal
Matters, and, theoretically, British subjects in Qatar 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. presumably coiae entirely under the
jurisdiction of the local Hhaikh, and could, for instance,
be imprisoned by hira. In practice, however, as far as I
know, no such case has ever arisen. The Shai khs have
never claimed judicial authority over British subjects in
their territories, and we have always assumed that they
cannot do so*
4» The BhaiMi of Qatar will, I think, lay special
stress on this second point, as doubtless he is afraid
??ith the coming of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, (which
is regarded on the Arab Coast as a semi-official concern),
that his authority will be encroached upon, and that Clatar
will become a sort of quasi-British possession# Dven if
he does not fear this, but wants to give the Concession to
a rival concern, he will ma Ice play with this objection in
order to create difficulties# I talked the matter over
with Loch and we agreed that if the Shaikh persisted in
raising this pointy an answer on the following lines mi^it
be given him. In case of such disputes, as are con templat
ed, the matter might be referred to the Shaikh, who, in
consultation with the local representative of the Company,
would endeavour to settle it in an informal manner. If,
however,/

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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)
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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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