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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎47r] (108/555)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (270 folios). It was created in 15 Apr 1934-3 Jul 1934. 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. 2565/34. 21st April 1934.
Dear Mr. Ballantyne,
I write to confirm our conversation of two or three
days ago aTaout the Bahrein radio-telephones, to say that the
Sheikh has been advised to reply to the request put forward on
"behalf of the Company;
(a) that as an adequate service operated by Imperial and
International Communications Ltd. is already available, direct
communication with San Francisco'cannot be permitted.
(b) that he is unable to relax the three mile limit
imposed last January, save to the extent that the Mooring
Master at Sitra may use radio-telephones between Sitra and the
outer buoy (within the area recently surveyed on behalf of the
Company by H.M.S. "Ormonde" which includes the track which will
be used by incoming ships) to the extent specified in
paragraphs 4 and 5 of Mr. Skinner's letter to the Political
lH V Agent, P.A.39 dated 18th March.
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(c) that within the three mile limit the Company may,
however, communicate with all tankers coming in to remove the
Company's oil products, whether or not belonging to or
chartered by them.
2. As I mentioned to you, it will, of course, be necessary
to obtain the consent of the Bahrein Government to the
appointment of a Mooring Master and Pilot, which was referred to
in Mr. Skinner's letter quoted above, and the Mooring Master and
Pilot would of course also have to be subject to the authority
of the Bahrein Government's Port Officer.
I Yours sincerely,
. Ballantyne, Esq.,
ahrein Petroleum Go. Ltd. , J.G. LAITHWAITE
19, Moorgate, E .G. 2.

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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. in Bahrain, 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. in Bushire and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the storage tanks calibration for the purpose of calculating the royalties payable to the Sheikh of Bahrain and on the first shipments of oil from Bahrain to Japan and Singapore.

The volume includes a copy of the draft lease contract with notes (folios 55-64), newspaper cuttings on oil in Bahrain and House of Commons' questions on Bahrain (folios 204-205). There are letters in Arabic with English translation, to and from the Sheikh.

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258).

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1 volume (270 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258). 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 main foliation system starts on the 5th sheet with 1 and finishes with 259, wich is the last number given, on the 5th sheet from the back of the volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled and may 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.

Foliation anomalies: 56A and 56B; 57A and 57B; 58A and 58B; 60A and 60B; 61A and 61B; 61A and 61B; 63A and 63B.

Foliation omissions: folio 233

A second foliation sequence starts on folio 14 and continues through to folio 247; the numbering for this sequence starts at 13. These numbers are also written in pencil and may be located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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