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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎255r] (534/730)

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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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Page 8^
ARTICLE 7.
The Shaikh shall grant to the Company f*ree
of cost the unrestricted use and occupation of uncultivated
land belonging to the Shaikh which the Company may need
for its operations.
Any other lands houses or buildings reoujred
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i r . by the Company may be bought or leased by it on conditions
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Ii3 to be arranged with the proprietors thereof, but such
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I conditions shall not be in excess of those ordinarily
current in their respective localities. The Company shall
acquire only such land houses and buildings as are necessary
for its operations under this Agreement, and such land
shall at all times be less than the whole area of Qatar.
The Company shall inform the Shaikh from time to time of
the land houses and buildings which it requires to occupy
for its operations, and land houses and buildings previously
acquired by the Company from the Shaikh but found no longer
necessary for its operations shall be returned by the
Company to the Shaikh free of cost.
Provided that all land houses and buildings owned
by the Company shall be handed over to the Shaikh on the
exoiry or sooner determination of this Agreement.

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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)
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.

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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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