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'File 82/27 VII F. 88. QATAR OIL' [‎53r] (114/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (230 folios). It was created in 16 Apr 1935-28 Jun 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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6. Letter No.6 is from Mr. Mylles . Mr. liylles informed
me that the Shaikh insisted on this alteration at the last
moment, and lias doubtless reported fully to his Company. The
effect of this alteration may be to exclude interests other
fh a-n the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, e.g. the Iraq etroleum
Company. However that is a natter for the Company to
settle«
7. The delay of 2 or 3 days in signing the Commercial
Agreement, referred to in paragraph 3 of my telegram quoted
above, was due to the following attitude taken by the Shaikh,
which illustrates the almost childish suspicious nature of
himself and his son Hamad. At my final interview with him,,
when I settled our political points | I suggested that the
Commercial Agreement should now be signed with Mr. Mylles.
The Shaikh said: •Ho. He wanted his payment -on -signature
before he actually signed'. I suggested that Mr.Mylles
could telegraph to the bank in Bahrain, and the latter could
then wire the Shaikh that the money had been put to his
credit. The Shaikh replied 'that this would never do. How
could he know if the telegram from Bahrain really came from
the bank ? The Company might send the telegram themselves
in the name of the bank and not deposit the money at all V
He - the Shaikh - would have to send a man of his own to
ascertain that the money was really in the bank'. finally
it was agreed that Mr. fiylles would telegraph to the bank
and the Shaikh's man would be sent to Bahrain to bring back
the credit note and show it to the Shaikh.
8. Some of Kr. Mylles'difficulties in dealing with such
an individual may be imagined and as I have already said in
paragraph 11 of my telegram 110.372 of 22nd April 1935
he/conducted his negotiations with much patience, tact
and skill. Moreover I received useful assistance from him
during my two visits to Qatar.

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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 final negotiations with the Sheikh of Qatar before the signing of the oil concession.

The volume contains:the Qatar oil concession, signed by the Shaikh of Qatar, ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, and APOC on 17 May 1935, in Arabic and English (folios 67-86) 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 87); agreement 5 June 1935 between the British Government and APOC regarding the Qatar Oil Concession (folios 211-212).

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

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1 volume (230 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 222-226). 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 an brief index at the beginning (f. 2) 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, then 2-86; 87 and 87A and it carries on until 229, which is the last number given to the last folio of the volume.A second foliation sequence runs between ff. 3-220; 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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