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'File 82/27 VI (F 87) Qatar Oil' [‎154r] (326/454)

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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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Translation o f letter Ho.6/64 dated the 14tli
Muiiarram 1354 (i.e.18.4.35) from Shaikh 'Abdullah bin
Oasim ath Thani,C.I.E., Ruler of Qatar, to the Kon'ble
Lieut. -Colonel T .C .Fowle ,e.B .E., Politxcal Resident in
the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
After Compliments,
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of
your letter dated the 17th April 1935 equivalent to 13th
Muharram 1354, the contents of which I have duly noted.
Reference Your Honour's advice that it would be in
my Interests to grant the concession to a Conqpany like the
Anglo-Persian Oil Company. I am very thankful to you for
your valuable advice, and wish to inform you that I have
always done fcy my best in order to pave the way for an
agreement with this Company. Hence I have been negotiat
ing with them for all this long period. Moreover I like
them ftn ri prefer them to all (other) Companies. I have
been as accommodating to them as far as possible. I am
still regotiating with them andhope that we will come to
an agreement, unless I find that they will not give me
my rights and be unfair with me, in which case I would
naturally refuse to accept terms which are less
than what I am entitled to or which are of loss and harm
to me. ' I would be within my rights to protect my
rights and lose nothing of them and at the same time
choose what would be in my interests and in that of
my country. Ho doubt one knows his own affairs best.
Usual Ending.

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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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