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'CONFIDENTIAL 86/7-VI B.43. PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LTD. TRUCIAL COAST' [‎178r] (360/450)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (221 folios). It was created in 29 May 1937-29 Jun 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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Confidential
The Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ,
D.O.N0.479-S.
Buahire, the 19th June, 1937.
Reference 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. telegram ^0.1674 dated the
17th June 1937.
rhis is veiy satisfactory as it means that since the
Shaikhs will not be allowed to negotiate with any other Company
it is a case of Petroleum Concessions Limited or none. The
Dibai concession was the Crowning Mercy, as Cromwell said of
the battle of Worcester, and undoubtedly our obtaining it has
been one of the main factors in His Majesty's Government taking
their present strong line.
2. It only remains now to consider the question of
tactics. If Petroleum Concessions Limited can get their
concessions without our using this pressure so much the better,
and of course it is most important that Petroleum Concessions
Limited should not know that we have this trump in reserve.
It is entirely a political card, not a comlercial one. If
they did get to know of it they would of course offer cheap
terms to the remaining Shaikhs and would leave us to put the
screw on the latter. The telegram and this letter should
therefore be kept in your personal possession.
3. Directly, however, any Shaikh refuses to give a
concession before his option expires we will have to inform
him in the sense of paragraph 2 of 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. telegram.
At that stage we need not actually inform the remaining Shaikhs
of His Majesty's Government's decision but what is sauce for
the goose is sauce for the gander, and both Shaikhs and Company
will then know that if the former do not give cone ess ions to
the /
in T.Hickinbotham, I.A.,
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. ,
Bahra in.

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The volume contains correspondence, primarily between Major Frank Holmes as negotiator for Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL), John Skliros, Director of Petroleum Concessions Limited 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. 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. at Bahrain regarding progress in negotiations with Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr [Sulṭān bin Saqr Āl Qasimī], Ruler of Sharjah for a concession in his territories. The correspondence discusses the amendments to the agreement which the Shaikh wished to make, various conditions he wished to place on the concession. and negotiations over the financial terms of a potential concession. A draft copy of the concession agreement can be found at folios 94-111.

Also discussed is the signing of the Debai [Dubai] concession and PCL's acceptance of the signed copy; along with the written agreement given by Shaikh Sa’id bin Maktum al Maktum [Saʻīd bin Maktūm Āl Maktūm] to 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. regarding a termination of contract undertaking.

Further correspondence 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, 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 Secretary of State for India considers methods of applying pressure on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. Shaikh’s to sign concessions with Petroleum Concessions Limited in order to prevent American interests from acquiring concessions in the area. A letter is issued by the Secretary of State for India, on behalf of the British Government, to be used if negotiations and initial pressure failed to secure the concessions. The letter made it clear that the British Government would not permit more than one Oil Company to operate on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. and that they had approved agreements with PCL and were not prepared to permit negotiations with other Companies. The intention was for the letter to be used as a last resort as there could be difficulties if either Petroleum Concessions Limited or the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. Shaikh’s came to learn of its existence before it was required.

Other matters of note within the volume include:

Extent and format
1 volume (221 folios)
Arrangement

The volume contains a table of contents on folio 4 giving subject headings and page references. The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: The main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover, and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are

written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 5-214; these numbers are also written in pencil, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence, but they are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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