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'File 38/4 Petroleum Concessions Limited Sharjah Concession' [‎27r] (53/162)

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The record is made up of 1 file (79 folios). It was created in 2 Apr 1938-14 Dec 1950. 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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No. 5
°f letter from H. Weightmun, Esq., 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, dated the
-tth March 1938. Eo. C'/202-l()/J 2, to Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr, Ruler of Sharjah.
After compliments,
^ ^ re ference to the Agreement signed by you on the 17th September 1937
o. 1J, corresponding to the 11th day of Rajab 1356, granting to Petroleum
Concessions, Limited, an oil concession in respect of your territory, 1 have been
directed by His Majesty’s Government to inform you that, subject to the formal
confirmation by the Company of the arrangements described in my letter of the
uzr ^ ecem ^ er 1^37 [No. 3], to which you have agreed in your letter of the
loth March 1938 [No. 4], corresponding to the 23rd Muharram 1357, they are
prepared to accord their approval to the concession provided you accept the
following condition, namely, that should jmu wish to grant permission to a Bank
to open a branch or agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Sharjah, as mentioned in Article 25 of the Concession,
y ou will obtain His Majesty s Government’s approval before entering into any
negotiations with the Bank.
Please let me know whether this condition is accepted by you.
Usual ending,
(Sd.) H. WEIGHTMAN,
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
No. 6
Translation of letter dated the 21th Muharram 1357 (i.e. 2>0th March 1938)
from Shaikh Sultan bin Saqr, Ruler of Sharjah, to H. Weightrnan, Esq., I.C.S.,
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,
In reply to your letter No. C/202-10/12, dated the 24th Muharram 1357,
equivalent to the 27th March 1938 [No. 5], 1 beg to inform you that should 1 wish to
grant permission to a Bank to open a branch or agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. in Sharjah, I will obtain
His Majesty’s Government’s approval before entering into any negotiations with
the Bank.
Usual ending.
No. 7
Copy of letter from 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. to Petroleum Concessions, Limited, dated
3rd May 1938, No. P.Z. 2797/38.
Sir,
I am directed by the Secretary of State for India to enclose herewith for
the information of Petroleum Concessions, Limited, a copy of a letter, No.
C/929-10/J2, dated 23rd December 1937, from 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. , Bahrein, to the
Sheikh of Sharjah [No. 3], together with a translation of the latter’s reply dated
26th March 1938 [No. 4], in regard to certain points which arise in connection with
the oil concession granted (subject to the approval of His Majesty’s Government)
to your Company by the Sheikh of Sharjah on the 17th September 1937 [No. 1], and
in connection with the Political Agreement of the 12th November 1937 [No. 2],
between your Company and His Majesty’s Government, regarding the said
concession.
2. I am to request that in accordance with the unofficial understanding
already reached, your Company will now be good enough formally to confirm their
acceptance of the arrangements embodied in the Political Agent’s letter of the
23rd December 1937, as binding on them.
3. On receipt of a letter from the Company accepting the arrangements
mentioned above, the Marquess of Zetland will convey to the Company His Majesty’s
Government’s formal approval of the oil concession granted to the Company bv
the Sheikh of Sharjah.
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
(Sd.) J. P. GIBSON.

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The file contains correspondence relating to the oil concession in the Sharjah territories. The correspondence is 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; representatives of Petroleum Concessions Limited and 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, in London, Bahrain, and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. [United Arab Emirates]; 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. Agent at Sharjah; 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. at Bushire (later Bahrain) [ 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. 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. ]; 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. ; Sultan bin Saqr [Sulṭān bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī], the Ruler of Sharjah; and the Government of India.

The majority of the file covers an amendment to the 1937 concession agreement between the oil company, Petroleum Concessions Ltd, and Shaikh Sultan that was made in February 1946. This amendment was made in order to extend the permitted drilling period following the Second World War, during which no drilling was carried out. Permission to open negotiations over the matter was sought from the British Government by the company. There is a copy of the agreed amendment on folio 72.

Other matters covered by the file include:

Folios 19-28 is Memo B 467 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. and includes a copy of the commercial agreement between the company and Shaikh Sultan, a copy of the 'political agreement' between the company and the British Government, and copies of correspondence relating to both.

Folios 76-80 are internal office notes.

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1 file (79 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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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 2-75; these numbers are also written in pencil, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence, but they are not circled.

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