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'F-82 82/27 I: QATAR OIL' [‎312r] (652/730)

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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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5 of Admiralty letter of 29th September) there would, I
think, he much to he said for improving on the conditions
of assignment to which we were forced to agree in the
case of the Bahrein concession, the circumstances of
which were, of course, quite different, ana to endeavour
to secure, e.g. that any assignee company should be
registered in Great Britain (and not in Great Britain or
Canad a) ana possibly that a given percentage of the Board
should be British; that the Chief Local Representative
should be a British subject, persona grata to H.M.G., and
appointed only with their prior approval, and perhaps that
the lessees should be required to undertake to refine
locally and to give rights of preemption to the Sbeikh or
H.M.G. Ihe disadvantage of embodying our desiderata in
detail in the concession is that in the first place we
may conceivably frighten off the A.P.O.C. or the I.P.O.
(though given the active interest in oil in the Persian
Gulf which is being manifested at present I should rather
doubt if the risk was a very serious one if reasonable
financial terms coula be agreed between them ana the
Sheikh); secondly that we show our hand as regards in
particular a British control clause and the right of
preemption. I do not know how far consideration of the
general/

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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.

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1 volume (361 folios)
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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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