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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎306r] (638/730)

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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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Idea of a 50/5 0.arran gement to ex tend to
exploitation had been speollcal^ approved by
H.M.G. he woula if necessary write a letter
giving furtner details if desired. The arrangement
wluh tao ^ulf oil Company h^d been forced upon
the A. P.O.G. because it was embarrassing for them
to offer large sums of money m Koweit (where
perhaps there was no oil) in view of possible
reactions on the Persian Government. Mjreover they
understood that the sheikh himself wished for an
international Gompany. He added that the A.P.O.C.
had^also found that throughout their negotiations'the
uulf oil Gompany through whatever source were kept
informed of all thp a p n n +
e -d.r.0.0. Oilers to tne Sheikh and
had in their possession full copies of the
correspondence that had passed, while the A.P.O.C.
i^c^Vou no similar information about the offers made
oy the Gulf oil Company.
In answer to a question from Mr. Wakely, Mr.Fraser
said that if they succeeded In reaching an agreement
with fee Gulf oil Company the latter might easily alio,
the personne l at Kowe it to bo even British, but
that it would not be politic for the A.P.O.C, to
suggest any arrangement about personnel to the Gulf
Company at this stage, since it woulo only lead to a
counter claim on their part. The A.P,O.C. (as in the
^ase of tar) thought it oest to have no provision
about personnel in their agreement with the Gulf
With regard to the employment of Jwajor Holmes,
wlio, he understood, was not entirely personaa to
h.te.G,, Mr. Fraser assured the meeting that their own
representative, Ivor. Gass, would take the chief part in

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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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