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'File 82/27 VI (F 87) Qatar Oil' [‎58r] (128/454)

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The record is made up of 1 file (221 folios). It was created in 17 Jan 1935-30 Apr 1935. 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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F.Z» 1783/35. BRITAMIC HOUSE,
FINSBURY CIRCUS,
LONDON, E.G. 2-
13th March 1935.
thwaite Esq#, 0.1.1^.,
Office,
¥. 1
Dear Laithwaite,
Qatr.
We have received further reports from Mylles
indicating the difficulty of the negotiations, hut not as
yet any actual redrafts proposed by the Shaikh.
The Shaikh has told Mylles that Holmes had written
suggesting that he should come to Qatr secretly and make him
an offer. The Shaikh said that he had not replied as he
was not like Ahmed of Kuwait but liked to do things openly*
A reply was sent through Nasir al Mana' to the effect that
the Sheikh did not approve his coming to Qatr in disguise,
and did not agree that if he came to terms with us he was to
withhold his signature for two months to enable Holmes to
make an offer, but he did agree to Holmes coming to Qatr
immediately our option expired (i.e. now alter May 4th) if
he had not already come to terms with us, and that he would
give Holmes preference over us in any subsequent
negotiations#
Nasir al Mana T asked Holmes to send his proposals
in writing at once, as he and his cousin Saleh could
guarantee to get the Shaikh to consider them and delay
coming to terms with us until the option expired.
The Shaikh's initial comments on our draft were
largely not in the local Arabic but in modern and up-to-date
Egyptian Arabic, and contain words and phrases unknown in
Qatr. This was confirmed by Mylles 1 Arabic-speaking clerk
who/

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams 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 Government of India, the 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. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the negotiations with the Sheikh of Qatar, ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, for the oil concession.

The volume contains numerous draft agreements on the Qatar oil concession and also a 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 22).

There are some letters in Arabic, to and from the Sheikh of Qatar.

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1 file (221 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 210-214). 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.

There is also a brief index at the beginning (f. 1v) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

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The main 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 title page with 1 and 1A; then 2-21; 22 and 22A; 23-25; 26 is missing or omitted; 27-65; 66 and 66A; 67-127; 128, 128A and 128B and terminates at the last folio with 217. A second incomplete foliation sequence is present between ff. 29-160; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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