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'File 82/1 II (F 53) A.P.O.C., and Oil Concession - Arab Coast' [‎24r] (49/576)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (286 folios). It was created in 10 May 1923-9 Jan 1924. 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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Telegram R.
From, Political, Bahrain.
To Resident, Bushire.
Dated and received 1st June 192?.
Sheikh.-Abdullah informs me that Isa with his
ariu Ha ad s approval gave Holmes an oil concession for
Bahrain on ay ISth. They intended to tell you and
brought the concession to show you. They expected no
objection since Cox and Govt, had apparently aprroved
the Hassa concession, arrl theirs is similar. They were
taVen abac^ when you said that Govt, strongly disapproved
of Holmes' Company, and theyw were frightened and dropped
the matter. They had included a clause in the agreement
that it should not take, effect if officially disapproved
by a. / .Govt. in accordance with Isa s undertaking to
After much 1 hesitation Abdullah informed m© in
strict confidence that they would not deal with the
A.P.O.C. unless compelled to, as everybody regarded it as
a Government concern with Govt, officials, who brought
pressure to test them (?).
,• I disabused him, but he said that they would
prefer no concession to the A.P.O.C. r think the A .P.0.0.
dealing through Kanoo was a mistake and incurred the
suspicion of the Sheikhs.
I s£nt for Holmes and asked why he had concealed
from Govt, the fact that he had frot the concession.
He replied that he Intended to arply to you for
approval, but you informed him that you were "all out
against him". Seeing that you were not neutral as he had
expected, he prepared a report to his directors, who will
have approached Govt, in London. He states that there i^
no clause excluding the A.P.O.C. as in the Hassa concession

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between the Political Department, the Colonial Office and the Secretary of State at the 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. in London, 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, the Political Agents at Kuwait and Muscat, local rulers, Anglo Persian Oil Company (APOC) and Eastern and General Syndicate Limited representatives on the negotiations for oil concessions in Kuwait, Bahrain, Nejd [Najd, Jubail, Saudi Arabia], Qatar, Muscat, Oman and Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. .

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1 volume (286 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the beginning of the volume, on folio 3.

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The main foliation is in pencil, encircled, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering begins on the first folio after the front cover, on number 1, then 2-63; 64A and 64B; 65-195; 196A and 196B and it carries on to the last folio, ending on 284. There is another foliation sequence, which is incomplete.

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