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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎291r] (608/730)

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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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adopt a wording on uhe general lines oi Article 4(b)( a )
01 their Persian concession or to revise the first
sentence 01 tne sub-paragraph to run as i'ollows:-
«myother lanas, houses or buildings required by the
Company may be bought or leased by it with the
of_and on conditions to be arranged with the
proprietors Ulereof, but the of K , ]nh ^
lease shall not be in excess..."
(d) The phrase, "such land shall at all times be
less than the whole area of ^atar" caused some surprise,
tut was assumed to have been inserted at the request
of the Sheikh.
Article J,. It was agreed that the Company should
oe Invited to insert in the second sentence of the first
suD-paragiapn the words "subject to the same proviso".
Article 10 . (a) Some discussion took place as to
the desirability of fixing a maximum period during
which the general customs exemption granted to the
Company should run. The general feeling of the meeting
was, however, in favour of letting the article stand,
particularly now that the Company had to some extent met
us by agreeing to pay duty on food supplies, personal
goods, clothing and general merchandise imported by It
ior the personal use of its employees.
(b) The question was raised of the desirability
of giving the Company complete exemption in respect of
harbour dues. The meeting felt that as any harbours
made would be developed by the company, it would be
treasonable to request them to pay harbour dues. On the
other hand it would be worth ensuring that they would
a gree to the free use of such harbours by the Sheikh.
Goods imported by private individuals through such
harbours/

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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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