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'86/21 - III B.65. Trucial Hinterland Exploration' [‎38r] (75/256)

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The record is made up of 1 file (126 folios). It was created in 3 Jan 1939-24 Jul 1945. It was written in English. 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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conducting other parties further to the south-east (cf. items .
3, 4 and 5 in Longrigg*s letter) that the Sultan of Muscat may
disregard the Company 1 s method of approach to the Na r im, A1 Bu
Shamis and the Beni Ka’ab. But for this to be effective, it
seems to me essential that there must be a ”no man r s land”
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betv/een the fields of activity of the predominantly Trucial
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Coast party and the predominantly Muscat party. This vacuum
might be taken on a line running roughly south from the western
end of the Wadi Jizzi (leaving Hail and all towns in the Wadi
on the Muscat side) to Fida (leaving Fida, Dot and Dhank to
the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ); then bearing south-south-west to include
Jebel Khatam, which is roughly south of Dhank, and the Aflaj
Beni Kitab in the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. area. I regard it as a matter
of great importance, juding by the experience of last winter,
that no attempt should be made for the Muscat and Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates.
parties to overlap or even to meet.
6. As for Jebel Faiyah and the Beni Kitab, as I have said
in my demi-official letter No. C/249 dated the 15th April 1939,
Shaikh Khalid of Kalba seems hopeful about negotiations with
Shaikh Mohammad bin Ali. If I can make arrangements with the
Senior Naval Officer for a Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. cruise this year, and ’
the signs seem hopeful, I should expect to include a visit to
Kalba, and Shaikh Khalid himself talks of inviting Mohammad
bin Ali in at that time in order to meet me. If this comes off
Lermitte might hold himself ready to proceed at once to Kalba
by launch on receipt of a signal from me, ready to complete
negotiations with Mohammad bin Ali and Shaikh Khalid. Alterna
tively we may be able to arrange a meeting elsewhere and I
request authority to advise the Company's representative at once
on my own responsibility if at any time the possibility occurs
of a meeting being arranged, e.g. at Dhaid or elsewhere, so
long as no possible danger is involved. I feel that the Beni
Ka'ab should be approached through Shaikh Khalid and Shaikh
Mohammad bin Ali.

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The file comprises correspondence between 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. (Trenchard Craven Fowle, Charles Geoffrey Prior), 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 (Hugh Weightman), 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 Muscat (Ralph Ponsonby Watts, Tom Hickinbotham), 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. (John Percival Gibson, Roland Tennyson Peel) and Petroleum Concessions Limited, later Petroleum Development ( Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ) Limited (Basil Henry Lermitte, Stephen Hemsley Longrigg, Thomas Fulton Williamson) regarding geological exploration of 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 Muscat, and its subsequent postponement owing to World War Two.

The correspondence discusses initial plans for the exploration of 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 Muscat during the winter of 1939 – 1940 and the intention that the Sultan of Muscat (Sayyid Sa‘īd bin Taymūr Āl Bū Sa‘īd ) would provide access to areas under the control of the Naim [Na‘īm] and Al Bu Shamis [Āl Bū Shāmis] tribes. Also discussed is the possibility of the Shaikh of Abu Dhabi (Shaikh Shakhbūt bin Sulṭān bin Zāyid Āl Nahyān) providing access to Baraimi [Al Buraymī ] now that a concession has been signed for his territory; and other work that might be undertaken in both Muscat and Abu Dhabi. This survey work was ultimately postponed owing to concerns over access to, and protection whilst in the relevant territory, as well as the outbreak of War in Europe.

Later correspondence discusses the decision to postpone geological surveying owing to wartime conditions, and consideration of a resumption of work in 1945 with proposals for a small geological survey party working in the Baraimi and Jebel Hafit [Jabal Ḩafīt] area’s with geophysical surveys commencing in 1946. Included in the file are reports from a geologist for Petroleum Concessions Limited, Thomas Fulton Williamson, which discuss the potential problems of supplies, labour, transport, and accommodation that would have to be overcome.

Other matters discussed in the volume include:

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1 file (126 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 128; 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 also present in parallel between ff 2-127; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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