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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎242r] (508/730)

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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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^ll communications tq be addkessed to the COMPANY
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and mohammerah.
Telegraphic Address:
Cotes Used :
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. persian qvlw,
DATED gm jecr, 1933 ,
My dear Fowle,
Many thanks for your D.O. letter No .C /192 dated the
24th Novernber 1933 on the subject of our negotiations in Oatar.
I am more than pleased to find that you approve of
Chlsholm's explanation to the Shaikh of Qatar regarding the
letter which had given rise to some misunderstanding in the
Shaikh's mind, and also that you, personally, have had an op
portunity of making clear to him his position vis-a-vis his
obligations to His Majesty's Government in these negotiations.
There should now be no further difficulties on this score.
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Whilst on this subject you will remember that in my
D.O. letter of the 7th TTovember I asked you if it would be
possible for me to be Informed what the alter ations are that
His Ma j esty 1 s Government require to be made In our proposed
draft concession. I understand that our London Office Is still
ignorant 'concerning the alterations which have to be made and,
as Chlsholm is exoected to proceed to Bahrein by air from London,
arriving at Bahrein on the 14th December and at T )ohah on the
15th December, I should be extremely grateful for any Information
which you are able to give me on the subject. If the alterations
are of more than ordinary Importance, perhaps you would be kind
enough to telegraph the gl st of JLtham to me on receipt of this
letter, so that I may give Chlsholm any Instructions necessary
before he resumes negotiations with the Shaikh on the 15th
December. I shall be making contact with Chlsholm at Basrah
on the 13th Instant.
I am very pleased to have your opinion on the fi rst
^ wo points raised in the last paragraph of my letter of the
7™ ^ovemBer and we will be guided accordingly. With regard
the third point, I note that you will let me have a reply
as soon as possible. If you are not able to do this before
^e 13th December, i Presume that we shall be acting in accord-
^ce with H.M.G's wishes, if we oualify any clause which we may

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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.

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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