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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎37v] (83/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (230 folios). It was created in 24 Jul 1935-15 May 1937. 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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4 (6)— Translation of letter dated the btJi Rabi al Awwal 1354 {equivalent to the
6th June 1935) from Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani, C.I.E., Miller
of Qatar, to 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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
After compliments, , 1 1 . _ „
With the hand of pleasure we have received your confidential letter No, C/204^
dated the 5th June 1935, equivalent to the 4th Rabi al Awwal 1354, and havPl
understood its contents. ^
We thank His Majesty's Government for the trouble they have taken to bring j
about with the Company such arrangements as will protect and safeguard our rights. |
Further we beg to say that we agree with and confirm to His Majesty s Govern- 1
ment the various arrangements which they have made.
Usual ending.
4 (c)— From 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. to Anglo-Persian Oil Company.
P.Z. 4131/35. (Confidential.) London, S.W. 1,
Sir, 21st June 1935.
I am directed by the Secretary of State for India to enclose herewith for the
information of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company a copy of a letter. No. C/20-i, dated
5th June 1935, from 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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. to the Sheikh of
Qatar, together with a translation of the latter's reply, dated 6th June 1935, in
regard to certain points which arise in connection with the Oil Concession granted
(subject to the approval of His Majesty's Government) to your Company by the
Sheikh of Qatar on 17th May 1935 and in connection with the Political Agreement
of 5th June 1935 between your Company and His Majesty's Government regarding
the said Concession
2. I am to request that in accordance with the unofficial understanding already
reached with the Company, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company will now be good
enough formally to confirm their acceptance of the arrangements embodied in the
Resident's letter No. C/204 of 5th June as binding on the Company. 1 am to add
that on receipt of a letter from the Company accepting the arrangements mentioned
above, the Marquess of Zetland will cause a further letter to be addressed to the
Company expressing His Majesty's Government's formal approval of the Oil
Concession granted to the Company by the Sheikh of Qatar.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
The Secretary, Anglo-Persian Oil Company. (Sd.) J. C. Walton.
4 (d)—From Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Limited, to 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. .
O.A./Qatar/2.
Sir, 24th June 1935.
We have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter of the 21st
1935, under reference P.Z. 4131/35, relative to a concession recently obtained hy
us in Qatar.
2. We beg formally to confirm our, acceptance, as binding on the Company, of
the arrangements embodied in the letter of the 5th June 1935, under reference
C/204, from 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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. to the Shaikh of Qatar.
3. We shall be glad to receive His Majesty's Government's formal approval ot
the concession granted to us by the Shaikh of Qatar on the 17th May 1935, in order
that we may be in a position to afford complete information to our partners in this
matter at an early date.
We are, &c., 1
for Anglo-Persian Oil Company, Ltd.
(Sd.) W. Fraser,
The Under Secretary of State for India. Deputy Chairman.

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Content

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, Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives and ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, in regard to the oil concession and the beginning of the oil exploration in Qatar. The volume includes: Programme of operations in Qatar from November 1936 to May 1937 (folios 110-118) and 'General and brief note on the water drilling operations of Petroleum Concessions Limited in Qatar' (folios 209-212).

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

Extent and format
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 215-221). 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 2-37; 38 and 38A; 39-55; 56 and 56A; 57-198; 199 and 199A; 200 and 200A; 201-217; 218 and 218A and it carries on until 225, which is the last number given to the back cover. There is also a second foliation sequence, incomplete.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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