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'File 9/35 Eastern Bank Branch in Qatar' [‎12r] (23/120)

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The record is made up of 1 file (57 folios). It was created in 19 Apr 1947-4 Sep 1950. 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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Translation of letter dated the 13th Sha'ban, 1366 (1.7.47)
from H.E. the Ruler of Qatar to 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. , Bahrain.
After Compliments,
Reference Your Excellency's esteemed letter No.
C/714 dated the 20th June, 1247 (2nd Sha'ban, 1366).
It is a matter of gratification to me to afford
every possible assistance to Your Excellency and towards
the beneficial projects which Your Excellency proposes.
I am therefore pleased to inform Your Excellency that I
have no objection to what Salih Al-Mani* told Your Excellency
in relation to my verbal conversation with you rerarding the
establishment of a branch for the Eastern Bank at Qatar.
I confirm to Your Excellency that I do my utmost to use my
authority to protect as far as possible the Bank's property
and staff on the line*of the authority (required) to be
used by me in protecting the Company's property and staff
and in the same manner as agreed upon with the Company
(as poirited out by Your Excellency's letter).
I shall not be responsible save to that extent. Lfct it be
known to Your Excellency.
Usual Ending.

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The file contains correspondence between the Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. at Bahrain, the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in the Gulf, 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. and the Eastern Bank Limited concerning the opening of a branch of the Bank in Qatar in 1947.

The file also contains some correspondence with Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Ruler of Qatar, and correspondence between the Ruler of Qatar and the Eastern Bank, in Arabic with English translation.

The dismissal of the branch's bank manager in 1950 is also the subject of some later correspondence within the file.

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1 file (57 folios)

The papers in the file are arranged chronologically. There are file notes at the end, on folios 56-58. The notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within 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 inside back cover with 60; 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 2-55; these numbers are also written in pencil and ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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'File 9/35 Eastern Bank Branch in Qatar' [‎12r] (23/120), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/379, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 October 2019]

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