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'File 10/3 VII Qatar Oil Concession' [‎68r] (150/536)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (261 folios). It was created in 17 Jan 1935-30 Apr 1935. 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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p.Z. 1783/35.
lithwaite Esq.. , C . I .... ,
i Office,
5. .. 1
BRITANNIC HOUSE,
IINSBURY CIRCUS,
LONDON, E.C. 2-
13th March 1935.
Dear Laithwaite,
^atr.
We have received further reports from Mylles
indicating the difficulty of the negotiations, "but not as
yet any actual redrafts proposed "by the Shaikh.
The Shaikh has told Mylles that Holmes had written
suggesting that he should come to Qatr secretly and make him
an offer. The Shaikh saia that he had not replied as he
was not like Ahmed of Kuwait but liked to do things openly.
A reply was sent through Nasir al Mana' to the effect that
the Sheikh did not approve his coming to Qatr in disguise,
and did not agree that if he came to terms with us he was to
withhold his signature for two months to enable Holmes to
make an offer, "but he did agree to Holmes coming to Qatr
immediately our option expired (i.e. now after May 4th) if
he had not already come to terms with us, and that he would
give Holmes preference over us in any subsequent
negotiations-
Nasir al Mana' asked Holmes to send his proposals
in writing at once, as he and his cousin Saleh could
guarantee to get the Shaikh to consider them and delay
coming to terms with us until the option expired.
The Shaikh's initial comments on our draft were
largely not in the local Arabic but in modern and up-to-date
Egyptian Arabic, and contain words and phrases unknown in
Qatr. This was confirmed by Mylles' Arabic-speaking clerk
who/

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The volume contains correspondence and telegrams between 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. , 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. and 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 with the Shaikh of Qatar, the Foreign Office, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) on the borders of Qatar, the oil concession and the relations of the Shaikhdoms with Ibn Saud.

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There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 250-256).

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1 volume (261 folios)
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The papers in the file are arranged chronologically. There is an index at the end of the volume, on folios 250-256. 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 foliation is on the front top right of each folio. The numbering is in pencil, mostly encircled, starting with 1 on the first page of writing and ending on back cover with 261. There is a second foliation, uncircled, starting from folio 26 (numbered 25) and ending on folio 101 (numbered 100).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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