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'File 38/4 Petroleum Concessions Limited Sharjah Concession' [‎27v] (54/162)

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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. 8
Copy of letter from Petroleum Concessions, Limited, to Indio, Office, dated,
4:th May 1938, No. P.C. 31.
Sir
I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter No. P.Z. 2797/38,.
dated 3rd May [No. 7], relating to a concession obtained during 1937 by this
Company from the Shaikh of Sharjah.
I beg hereby formally to confirm the Company’s acceptance of the arrangements
embodied in letter No. C/929/10/12, dated 23rd December 1937, from the Political
Agent, Bahrain, to the Ruler of Sharjah [No 3j. and confirmed in the reply of the
latter dated 23rd Muharram 1357 (26th March 1938) [No. 4].
The Company will be glad to receive notice of His Majesty’s Government’s
formal approval of the concession concerned.
We have the honour to be,
Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
for Petroleum Concessions, Limited,
(Sd.) Managing Director.
No. 9
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
17ih May 1938, No. P.Z. 3176/38.
Sir,
I am directed by the Secretary of State for India to acknowledge the receipt
of your letter dated the 4th May (No. P.C. 31) [No. 8], on the subject of the Sharjah
Oil Concession, and to express on behalf of His Majesty’s Government their formal
approval of the concession granted to the Company by the Sheikh of Sharjah
on the 17th September 1937.
2. Copies of this correspondence are being sent 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. 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. with a view to action being taken as indicated in paragraph 4 of
Mr. Weightman’s letter dated the 23rd December 1937 to the Sheikh of Sharjah
[No. 3].
I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,
(Sd.) R. PEEL.
No. 10
Copt) of letter from H. Weightman, 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
23rd May 1938, No. C/339-10/126, to Shaikh Sultan bin Sagr,
Rider of Sharjah.
After compliments,
With reference to paragraph 4 of my letter No. C/929-10/12 dated the
23rd December 1937 [No. 3], I have been instructed by His Majesty’s Government
to inform you that the arrangements set forth in that letter and your acceptance
of them conveyed in your letter No. 2 dated the 23rd Muharram 1357 (corresponding
to the 26th March 1938) [No. 4], have been communicated to Petroleum Concessions,
Limited, and that the Company formally confirm their acceptance of these
arrangements.
2. I am now to express to you on behalf of His Majesty’s Government their
approval of the Agreement concluded by you on the 17th September 1937 with
Petroleum Concessions Limited [No. 1].
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..
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Wt 17961/P 177 150 7.38

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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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