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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎89r] (205/555)

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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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| ^ NOTE Ox' AW INTERVIEW WITH Mi. BALLANTTNE, BAiffiAIN
PETROLEUM COMPANY, REGARDING APPOINTMENT OP CHIEF
LOCAL REPRESENTATIVE, ON END MAY, 1934.
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The concurrence ol the interested Departiiients having
been olDtained in action on the lines suggested in the Political
Resident's express letter of 8th April, NofG,193, I asked
Mr, Ballantyne to call to discuss the position in regard to the
Chief-Local Representative.
2. I said to Mr, Ballantyne that as he probatly
have inferred from previous informal discussions on this
subject we had ourselves, subject to any reports we should
receive from the Gulf been rather inclined to think that the
best solution might be as a special case, and with the proviso
that in our view the Chief Local Representative ought normally
to be a British subject, to confirm Mr. Skinner, but to require
that the acting vacancy created by Mr. Skinner's forthcoming
long leave should be filled by a British subject. 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. had subsequently intimated that the Sheikh
expressed a definite preference for a British subject, and after
further personal discussion of the matter with His Excellency
had now informed us that the Sheikh held to his view, which was
shared by the remainder of the ruling family. The Resident had
added that while Mr. Skinner was personally acceptable, it would
clearly be most impolitic to force an American on the Sheikh
and would have an unfortunate effect on local public opinion.
He had suggested in these circumstances thau lir. Russell of the
Mesopotamia Persia Corporation might be employed. Arrangements
could as a special case, and by way of meeting the Company, be
made for 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. to discuss matters direct with the
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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)
Arrangement

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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