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'File 10/3 VI Qatar Oil Concession' [‎72r] (155/481)

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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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The Wahabis and H.M. Government, 1840-1870.
Overtures of Amir Khalid, 1841.
91. On the Amir Khalid being appointed by ihe Turkish Government in 1840-41
asWali of Nejd, he addressed a friendly letter to the British native agent Non-British agents affiliated with the British Government. at Ha u ^in
PTnressinff an earnest desire to renew 44 the amicable and cordial relations which
formerly subsisted between his late father, Saud, and the British Government, am 450
hinting that he had wished to open the correspondence at an eariier date but that j, ' uq ^
he had been prevented by Mehemet Ali Pasha.
British Warning to Khaiid against Aggression on (Jinan, October 1841.
95. In October 1841 the Government of Bombay deputed a British officer to
visit Khalid at his camp in Hasa, consequent on rumours that he contemplated the
invasion of Oman. He gave satisfactory guarantees that he had no such intention.
96. In 1842 overtures made to the Trucial Sheikhs by the Amir Abdulla, who Lor. 1,1108.
had overthrown Khalid in February 1842, drew a formal protest from the Resident.
Li 1843 the Amir Feisul, having overthrown the Amir Abdulla, intimated to the
Trucial and inland Sheikhs of Oman that he proposed to bring that area under his
^ British Assistance refused to Beni Nairn of Baraimi, 1843.
97. The Chiefs of Baraimi thereupon in November 1843 applied for the aid of Bo. SeL,
the British Government. They were informed in reply that "the communications XX1\, 454,
formerly entered into with them by the British Government had reference solely
to the advance of the Egyptian troops and the connection subsisting between
H .H. Muhammad Ali Pasha with Nejd, but that these circumstances being now
altogether changed and the impending danger removed by the departure of the
troops under Khurshid Pasha from that province, it was now the intention of
the British Government to withdraw from all interference in the internal ailairs oi
Overtures hy Amir Feisal, 1843.
98. At about the same time the Wahabi Amir on his side informed the Resident Bo. Sel.,
of his anxiety for the renewal of the amicable relations which had formerly existed XXU
between his father, Turki, and the British Government. An appropriate response
was made to this communication, and the Amir was also informed that the sole
object of the British Government in this quarter was the suppression of plunder
and bloodshed on the seas and the security of all well-disposed inhabitants on the
shores of the Gnlf.
Policy of Government of India and Government of Bombay, 1843-1845.
99. The Government of Bombay, having at about this time suggested doubts as Nejd Precis,
to whether the Wahabi Amir should be allowed to obtain a preponderating influence §
at Bahrein and over the Arab chiefs who were in treaty relations with H.M.
Government, were informed by the Government of India that it was " not at
present necessary or expedient to interfere with the proceedings ol the Chief.
100. The Government of Bombay reverted to the subject on 26th August 1844,
and pointed out that in the "now certain event of the Amir Feisal, the legitimate
Wahabi Ruler, extending his authority over the chiefs of Oman, and especially if
he endeavoured to effect this object by sea," British relations with Oman and the
maritime Arab Chiefs might be affected and the resumption of piracy facilitated.
They suggested the possibility of an arrangement with the Amir ratifying and
securing existing engagements at sea; " In other words, that as the price of
forbearance on the part of the British Government this chief should become a
party to its maritime engagements, whereby commercial interests may be secured."
The Government of India took no action on this suggestion.
101. Early in 1845, consequent on the re-establishment of the Wahabi Agent
at Baraimi and his inroads into Muscat, the Bombay Government again consulted
the Government of India as to the action to be taken if Muscat asked for British
help against the Wahabis. The Government of India replied that if '' the mere G. of I. to
e stablishment of the Wahabi power in Oman and the reception of the willing lio -'
allegiance of the maritime chiefs, whom, on a former occasion, we took under our
protection and encouraged to resistance, were to be the only result of the present
^pedition ... the Governor-General in Council would see no occasion to modify Nejd Precis,
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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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