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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎67r] (142/466)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (228 folios). It was created in 19 Jun 1934-21 Jan 1935. 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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Confidential.
D.O.No:C/670-10/5.
Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Bahrain, the 14th July 1934.
Confirming my telegram No:669 dated the 14th
July 1934, I have just seen Mylles on his return from
Qatar. He has been able to fix up an extension for
eight months at Rs.2,500/- a month. He has promised to
send a report after his return to Abadan, but for your
information I am sending you a precis of his conversation.
2 . At the beginning the Shaikh appeared to expect
that Mylles was coming to settle up about a concession
and not to get an extension of the option.
3. The Shaikh refused to see Mylles alone and Salih
bin Mana T , Yusuf Kanoo, Hajji Williamson and Shaikh Hamad
were present at the first interview. It was apparent that
the Shaikh was not concerned with the clauses of any
concession but was only concerned with the amount of money
he would get. His final terms for a concession, which he
maintained throughout, were, one and a half lakhs of
rupees a year for four years and afterwards five lakhs
a year and royalty at 4 shillings, 2 shillings and 2 pence
a
He was under the impression that a shilling and/rupee were
the same. He said that Chisholm had offered these terms
but that they had been eventually refused by the Directors
of the Company. Mylles pointed out that Chisholm had
agreed to no such terms and later on Salih bin Mana f
admitted this, but said that the Shaikh was under the
impression that these terms had been given by Chisholm.
4. It appears that there Is much ill-feeling between
Salih bin Mana ! and Yusuf Kanoo and Hajji W r illiamson, and

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The volume contains correspondence 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 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. at Bushire, the Government of 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. in London and Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives in regard to the air reconnaissance of Qatar and the negotiations with ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, for the oil concession, including arrangements for APOC's Mr Mylles visiting Doha and on the visit of the Sheikh of Qatar to Bahrain, from 14 to 19 October 1934. The volume contains draft agreements and:

  • 'Memorandum respecting the Boundaries in Arabia: Anglo-Turkish Arrangements' (ff. 22-23), with map (f. 24) showing the Anglo-Turkish Conventions lines in the Arabic peninsula;
  • Hand-drawn map showing the itinerary of the Qatar air reconnaissance carried out on 29 June 1934 (folio 34).
  • 'Sketch map of Qatar Peninsula' (folio 218).

There are some letters in Arabic, mainly to and from the local rulers.

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1 volume (228 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 213-219). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

There is also an brief index at the beginning (f. 1A) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 230; these numbers are written in pencil 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 35-229; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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