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'File 10/3 V Qatar Oil Concession' [‎43r] (100/527)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (254 folios). It was created in 14 May 1934-19 Jul 1934. 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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Tranulat 2 on.
Dated the 17th October(1933)
Equivalent to 28th Sha'ban 1352.
Shaikh ’Abdullah bin Qasim ath-Thani,
Ruler of Q.atar
After 0 omp1iment s,
I have the honour to confirm what I have mentioned to you
in our conversation of today about the result of ray visit to
London where I went to talk over the question which I discussed
with you about the Oil Concession. I have returned to Qatar
in order to inform you that although our Company are desirious
to meet your demanus as far as possible, they are not able to
agree to all your demands which you asked from me when we
discussed the general terms and the question of the cash pavment
In particluar,our Company do not agree to make, at the end of
iour years, a payment of five lakhs and royalties. After
considering all your demands about the general terms and the
cash payment it has been decided to make a new offer. I should
like co explain that if this new offer is not accepted by you
during my present stay here tit should be considered as withdrawn
As regards the new offer, I enclose a copy of the/general terms.
Article 4 which relates to the cash payment had been omitted.
Ion will kindly see that these new general terms include nearly
all the points which were previously asked for $y U in the month
of October. As regards the cash payment, you asked that three
lakhs should be you at the time of si fe ninp- the conce
ion and then a yearly payment of one lash and fifty thousand
rupees for a period of four years after which a sum of five
I'-.kho plus royalties should be paid yearly. In the month of
October you agreed with me that you should receive 4 shillings
on oil, 2 shillings on asphalt and bitumen and two pence on
gas. This morning, however, you informed me that you wanted
four shillings and three annas on oil. The new terms about the
payment wnieh I am nov offering for your acceptance are, that
four lakhs will be paid at tin,- time of signing (the concession)
and a yearly payment of one lakh for a
period of four

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The volume contains correspondence, telegrams and memoranda exchanged 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. 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. and with the Foreign Office, the Secretary of State for India, H.M's Minister in Jedda, the Sheikh of Qatar and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) on the subjects of the boundaries of Qatar and the Qatar Oil Concession.

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There is an index (folios 227-249).

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1 volume (254 folios)

The papers in the volume are arranged chronologically. There is an index at the end of the volume, (folios 277-249). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The foliation is in pencil on the top right corner, encircled. The numbering starts on the first page of writing from 1-185; then 186, 187A, 187B, 188; then 223, 224A, 224B; and it carries on until 254, which is the last number given, on the back cover. There is a second foliation, in pencil on the top right corner, starting on folio 1 (numbered 1); skipping or missing 57; then 112, 113, 113A; ending on folio 225 (numbered 227).

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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