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'File 10/1 (Vol V) Oils and Minerals. Bahrain Oil Concession.' [‎50r] (111/592)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (294 folios). It was created in 5 Oct 1933-26 Nov 1933. 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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19, Moorgate,
London, E.G.2.
25th September, 1933.
Dear Mr. Laithwaite,
Mr. Butterworth saw Mr. Starling and two
Df his Colleagues this afternoon, but from what Mr.Butterworth
bells me, the discussion was not confined, at any rate on the
part af the Petroleum Department's side, to geology.
The one important thing v/hich appears to
lave emerged from the discussion, is that Mr.Starling and
lis Colleagues did not deny it was impossible to select
Intelligently 100,000 acres of oil lands on the basis of the
Information so far obtained by the Company from its
exploration and prospecting work. Therefore, I think it
night be said that the result of the geological discussion
vas definitely against the conclusions arrived at by the
Petroleum Department and on which they gave their advice
for the Shaikh of Bahrain to refuse the further extension
of the Prospecting Licence.
A further point, however, emerges from Mr.
Butterworth's discussion, nemely, Mr.Starling with a manifest
desire to be helpful, attempted to broaden the discussion so
that it embraced matters which could not be said to be
geological. For example, it appears from what Mr.
Butterworth says that Mr.Starling enunciated the preposition
that having regard to the time which had elapsed since the
Agreement was first entered into, the Shaikh of Bahrain had
not received the '^return" which he might reasonably have
expected to receive. This does demonstrate, of course, that

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The volume mainly 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, 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 Secretary of State for India, the Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the Bahrain Oil Concession, on a refinery to be built on Bahrain Island, and on the affairs of the Bahrain Petroleum Company. The volume also contains correspondence on the resignation of Major Frank Holmes from Chief Local Representative of BAPCO, who was replaced by E. A. Skinner. There are also letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 272-282).

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1 volume (294 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 272-282). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in ink crayon or pencil, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation is written in pencil, encircled and can be found in the top right of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering starts at the first page of writing, then 69, 70a, 70b, and carries on until 282, which is the last number given on the last page of writing (6th folio from the back of the volume). There is also another foliation system, which is inconsistent.

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