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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎278r] (580/730)

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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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Further to my letter GM/1327 of 15th December
I now enclose my official letter regarding the latest deveioo-
ments of our Qatar negotiations, and also wish to conTirm my
telegram of 17th December sent to you through Vice-Consulate
Mohammerah. -— ' - . s
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± * t you W1 1 see froin m y enclosed letter the Shaikh
turned ^o ut to be unexpectedly uncomororais ing His refusal to
accept, our new proposed general and cash terms. As these
represented a very long step forward from our previous proposals,
and indeed embodied practically everything which the Shaikh had
asked for in October, it appeared obvious to Chisholm that some
new factor must have changed the situation since his last visit.
\ And bearing in mind the indication given in Section 4 of your
4 letter C/192 of ^4th November to me, and also taking into account
various blunt references by the Shaikh to the approaching end
(in August next) of our current agreement, he suspected that
the Hasa Concessionaires had been making overtures to the Shaikh.
This suspicion unfortunately proved well grounded, as subsequently
Chisholm was shown a letter received by the Shaikh in November
from the Standard Oil of California's chief representative in Hofuf,
stating that he had "been asked to inform Your Excellency that
if at any time you should be ready to correspond with the Standard
Oil Company of California they will be ready to deal with you.
They will be pleased to give your proposals consideration". It
appears therefore that, with this letter in his hand and the
profitable nature of similar tactics pursued by the Shaikh of
Luwait in his mind, the Shaikh is now contemplating waiting
until August next and then introducing an Anglo-American competitive
element to his own advantage.
tho iu 1 shoulci a(ici "that the letter was not shown to Chisholm by
- ne Consequently we have no official cognizance of it,
although the chances are that the Shaikh meant Chisholm to see
I have reported this new and serious turn of the
situation to London, and asked them for their instructions.

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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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