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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎141r] (290/466)

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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.6792/1934.
Britannic House,
Finsbury Circus,
London, E.C. 2 .
J,G. Laithwaite, Esq.,
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. ,
S.W.l.
Dear Laithwaite,
1 st November, 1934.
Thank you for your letter of the
(P.Z . 6327/34)', about Qatar oil.
18th October,
On that letter and our conversation on the 20 th
October I have had a redraft made of the last draft
dated 13th March, and enclose six copies, dated 25th October
1934, of the redraft of the concession.
I have marked on one of these copies the passages
or wording different from the last draft dated 13th March
1934, which are as follows:
Preamble . Mylles 1 name is substituted for
Chisholm 1 s.
Article 6 . In accordance with the suggestion
in paragraph (l) of your letter, the following words have
been added at the end of the 3 rd paragraph:
and in times of national emergency the Shaikh
shall have full use, free of charge, of the
Company’s wireless and telegraph installations
and railways for governmental purposes”.
Article 10 . In the hope of obviating
difficulties actually experienced elsewhere, v/e have reworded
the last sentence of the first paragraph. In Persia it has
even been claimed that such articles as medical supplies and
geological expeditionary equipment, for example, are imported
for or applicable to the personal use of employees, and are,
therefore, dutiable.
As you will see, we propose to restrict the
dutiable category to articles sold to employees for their
personal use - with the exception of food supplies, all
imports of which will be liable to duty. Considering the
desert nature of the country we still feel this to be a^harsh
requirement of and we feel it unreasonable to
place in the hands of a Shaikh notorious for his cupidity
"the power to make the ordinary amenities of life for
Europeans unattainable by reason of excessive duties which

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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.

Extent and format
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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