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'File 1/A/5 II Administration: Qatar affairs' [‎57r] (118/486)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (239 folios). It was created in 7 Dec 1937-31 Oct 1943. 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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to 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, re our letter of date
e
18th June
38
His Excellency Shaikh Abdulla
Kasslm A1 Thanl, C.I.E.,
Ruler of Qatar,
^atar.
Your i&cellancy,
We have the honour to acknowledge
receipt of your letter dated 8th June (10th
Rabia Than!) and we have debited your current
account with Us. 10,000 and have remitted the
equivalent in sterling, £1,331.7.2 to our Lon
don Office in connection with your order for
450 Rifles and 250,000 rounds of amunition.
from B.S.A. Guns Ltd. London.
We have to-day received from your re
presentative the No-Objection Certificate from
the Honourable 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. , but as the Certificate restricts
the shipment to Bahrain, gives the amount of
ammunition as 225,000 instead of 250,000
rounds, and as it is only available for six
months which will not be sufficient for this
order, we have returned it to the Political
Agent and asked him to issue a fresh ^ertifi-

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The volume contains correspondence concerning Qatar affairs, particularly the supply of arms and ammunition to Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani, the Ruler of Qatar [‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī].

The principal correspondents are 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; 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. ; Shaikh Abdullah; HM Minister of State, Cairo; Ernest Vincent Packer, Manager, Petroleum Concessions Limited, and Petroleum Concessions (Qatar) Limited; other British officials in the region; and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO), the Eastern Bank Limited, and the Government of Bahrain.

The papers cover: the granting of permission to Shaikh Abdullah to import 450 rifles, .303 bore, with 225,000 rounds of ammunition, and fifty Mauser rifles, 7.9 mm bore, with 25,000 rounds of ammunition, December 1937 - March 1939 (folios 6-104); a request by Shaikh Abdullah for the supply of armoured cars fitted with machine guns, July 1938 - July 1939 (folios 81-109); reports on Qatar affairs from Ernest Vincent Packer, Petroleum Concessions Limited, Bahrain, and by 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 (including relations between Qatar and Bahrain, and correspondence concerning the appointment by Shaikh Abdullah of an Iraqi adviser on oil affairs), December 1939 - November 1941 (folios 115-157); and a further request by Shaikh Abdullah for machine guns and ammunition, the resulting dispatch to the Gulf of six captured Breda machine guns and ammunition, and 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. 's decision that the machine guns should be distributed equally between the Shaikhs of Qatar, Dubai, and Sharjah, 'the importance of Qatar's defence having diminished owing to the closure of oil operations, while others now have important R.A.F. installations in their Shaikhdoms' (folio 199), July 1942 - October 1943 (folios 159-212).

The Arabic language content of the file consists of approximately thirty folios of correspondence (with translations into English) 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. , Bahrain, 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 Ruler of Qatar.

Extent and format
1 volume (239 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are filed in chronological order from the front to the rear of the file, except where enclosures of an earlier date are filed after their relevant covering letter, and terminate in a set of notes (folios 218-238). Circled serial numbers in red ink, which occur occasionally in the papers, refer to entries in the notes.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 241; 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 4-240; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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