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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎148r] (308/468)

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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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fi.B.Jf*8 Politiool A«Wl%,
g5to HO*., 1939.
_ ^ following on tb« disoussloa todUy witli
to® H«mou»bl» the mitloai at whioh
tl» rolitloul Agent Sttl Mr.Eowes were present
I a and herewith for epsaronl a draft of the letter
we propose to send to the Ruler of Qatar.
It has ooourred to me that our letter
mi|ht be hotter reoelved if & letter from the
Political .gent arrived •inultsneoael? mentionioc
our proposal mtiA tht'% in m 1 | oirous-
stinoes it eeema quite o re-taoa-. ble one and from
ao point of view derogatory to tee sheikh,
quite rettli*e that it my be your policy aot to
eiTe any iadio&tion of ycur riewy prior to the
stage whea -.rbitn tioa enters into the aattar
or there may be some other objeotioac to this
oourae and in oay d«»e I trust z be exeused
for h«viB^ put forward the saggestioa.
On farther oonaideration Z &a of the
opinion th t it my be better to postpoae ay visit
to Cstar until the ^eikh^ first re^etioas to the
letter have worn off.
If he refers the matter to you or
write® to the Jompssy asking for operations to be
diseoctinued we are then still in s position to

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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. 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.

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1 volume (230 folios)

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.

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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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