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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎276r] (576/730)

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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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T!,0.!fo.l95f-S of 1933.
"he ^ealdencY,
1?u«hlr«, *?!?nd December, 1933.
I hare reofired Information whieh J pans on to
you for what It la worth, and. In continuation of rav
deml-official letter } 'o.0/193 dated the r?4th Hoveraber
1033. nhe nenn la that during the Bhalkh of Oatar^s
rinit to Ibn ^atid at ^ivadh. It wib arranged l^et'ween
the kh a^d J^bv r?fiud that in any nefrotIntlonb with
Oil Vommmivn ♦he ^heilch wao to Inform thr latter that
the town of ^ohah only belonpod to hlfa and his family
and that the hinterland of Ojitar belonged to Ihn Band,
'"'hat Xhn Batid despatched a cahle to Lonrlon (presumably
to one of the Oil CoBmanlea) advlHlni? them of his
sovereignty over the hinterland of Qatar.
I think It unlikely that the Bhafkh should hare
iriYcn away hio hinterland to Ibn Baud in thin manner,
and In anv case h< ? cannot do it harinr regard to hie
r, reatlf >B with Hl« MajeHty ^B Government. However, if the
is anything in this, doubt lea a it will corae to llr?ht
durinir the ne^otImtlono that are itolnjr on between the
Shaikh and Ohloholrsi. ^leaae let me know if vou hear
0 ^lkln^ton require,
^neral ^anafter,
Anglo-^eraian Oil Oorapany Ltd.

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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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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎276r] (576/730), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/1/626, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 13 November 2019]

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