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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎102r] (212/466)

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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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p.z. 4738/34.
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. ,
'ffllTEHALL, S.W.l.
30th July, 1934.
Dear Hearn,
I write with further reference to your letter of
18th July to Walton, who is on leave, about Qatar Oil to say
that we understand from Fowle that he has now discussed with
you in detail the question of procedure, and that in the
light of his views you are now prepared to adopt the same
procedure in Qatar as in the case of Koweit, viz: to enter
into a political agreement with His Majesty’s Government on
the same general lines as in Koweit, and thereafter to
proceed with commercial negotiations with the Sheikh.
The political agreement would in due course be
disclosed to the Sheikh, but not necessarily in the
early stage of the commercial negotiations. We feel
strongly ourselves that this is the right course to adopt,
and we are glad to understand that the Company now ieel
the same.
2. We suggest that the meeting on outstanding points in
the political agreement might take place once we have the
views of the Admiralty about refining. I hope that these
will not now be long delayed.
Yours, &c.,
(Sgd. ) J.G. LAITHWAXTE.
Hearn Esq.,
Anglo-Per si an Oil Company Ltd. ,
Britannic House,
Finsbury Circus, E.C. 2 .

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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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