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'File 82/27 VI (F 87) Qatar Oil' [‎119r] (252/454)

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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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This Agreement was made on the day
0 f 195 ^ corresponding to the
155 between His Excellency Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al-Thani^
Ruler of Qatr^ (who is hereinafter called "the Shaikh", and this
expression, whenever, the contract requires shall include his
successors and assigns), on the one part, and Charles Clark Mylles,
on behalf of the Anglo-Persian Oil CooLtd. (which will hereinafter
be called as the "Company"^ and this expression shall, whenever it
is required by the contract, include its assigns), on the other part.
Agreement is hereby concluded between the Shaikh and the
Company as follows s-
Article First. The Shaikh grants to the Company, in virtue of
this Agreement, and under the following conditions, the sole right,
throughout the principality of Qatr, to explore, to prospect, to
drill for and to extract and to ship and to export and the right to
refine and sell petroleum and natural gases, ozokerite, asphalt and
everything which is extracted therefrom, which shall hereinafter be
called "the substances". If the Company discovers, in the course
of its investigation and general activities, any minerals other than
the substances mentioned in the first article, e.g. gold or iron
oxide or any other minerals, it shall not be justified to appropriate
the same, but must inform the Shaikh of their discoveryi and the
Shaikh shall have full right to, ...and absolute control over, those
minerals which have been extracted| and he shall be free in granting
concessions for the extracting of those minerals to any Company or
Companies or to dispose of those minerals in any manner he considers
to be consistent to his interests.
Ar ticle Second,. Subject to the conditions of Article 7^ below, the
Company can operate in any part of the State of Qatr as is defined
below, but it will not operate on places such as religious lands,
cemeteries, lands occupied by religious buildings or by essential
enterprise by their owners as may exist on the date of the signature

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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)
Arrangement

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.

Physical characteristics

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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