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'File 10/3 VI Qatar Oil Concession' [‎10r] (34/481)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (234 folios). It was created in 25 Jul 1934-14 Jan 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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P. Z. 4985/34.
Confidential .
Lieutenant Oolone l t ,C. Fowle. G3E ,
^en travelling irom Bush ire to Kuwait the
other day, I haa a long conversation with Haji
Williamson 01 the A«?.0.J. Being a Moslem, and,
unlike most ''converts", oeing trusted "by his fellow
M)hammedans, he is in a position to gauge local
Moslem opinion fairly correctly. I was careful to
avoid expressing my own opinion ana let him talk,
which he was quite willing to do.
2. On the subject of Kuwaiti Oil he was definitely
of opinion that Major Holmes was the nigger in the
wood pile, and lor his own ends had assisted the
Sheikh to stick out for high terms from the K.O»C.
He said that the Sheikh would never have adopted
such a stiff attitude towards the Company unless he
had heen instigated thereto hy Major Holmes.
c^tar Oil, He, Haji Williamson, had gone to
Qatar with Mr. Utiles of the A.P.O.C. on his recent
visit to the Sheikh, ana on the whole was rather
lavourahly impressed with the Sheikh's attitude,
which haa improved since the last visit of the a.P.0,0,
reprebentatives last year. He thought that the
policy of leaving the sheikh alone, and so giving the
impression that the Company were not running after
him to get the concession, had been successful. He
was under the impression that there were some hopes,
though, of course, he could not commit himself in any
way definitely, that at the end of the new option

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The volume mainly contains correspondence, telegrams and memoranda exchanged 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. 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. and with the Foreign Office, the Secretary of State for India, the Sheikh of Qatar and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) on the boundaries of Qatar and the Qatar Oil Concession.

The volume includes:

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 216-228).

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1 volume (234 folios)

The papers in the volume are arranged chronologically. There is an index at the end of the volume, (folios 216-228). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is in pencil on the top right corner, encircled. The numbering starts on the first page of writing, then 90, 91A, 91B, 92; and then carries on until 233, which is the last number given on the back cover. There is a second foliation, in pencil on the top right corner, starting on folio 27 (numbered 17); and ending on folio 214 (numbered 201).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'File 10/3 VI Qatar Oil Concession' [‎10r] (34/481), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/415, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 19 February 2020]

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