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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎153r] (314/466)

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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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Ref: GM/1578.
ABADAN.
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. .
8 th November, 1934.
My dear Fowle,
LA T A R.
You will, I think, be interested to learn our oresent posi
tion with regard to negotiations in ^atar.
The Sheikh has made it plain that he does not want to com
mence negotiations until after Ramadhan, and to confirm his inten
tions he has left -for a tour of his territory and also announced
that he will spend the fast at an inconvenient soot in the desert.
Cur view is that he is waiting to get a line from Kuwait before he
commences business with us.
We have already made the house in Do hah habitable, and a
geological survey party will have commenced one rations.
I am now sending Ifylles for a short visit to Qatar. He
will see the survey oarty, establish relations with the leading
inhabitants and if possible pay courtesy visits on the Sheikh.
My lies should leave here about the end of next week, most
probably by tug, and it occurred to me that you might like to see
him. If so will you kindly telegraoh and I will arrange for the
tug to call at Bushire en route.
I need hardly say that we should be very grateful for any
advice and assistance you are able to give Mylles.
We were so sorry not to have been able to accent your
kind invitation to lunch in London, but unfortunately we were
leaving England on that day. I made desperate efforts to tele
phone you but the office had given me the wrong number and I
h failed to make contact. Many thanks all the same and I hone you
^ were not inconvenienced.
Trusting that Mrs. Fowle and yourself are verv fit and
have had an enjoyable leave.
With kindest regards,
Gol « T.C.W.Fowle, C.B.S.,
'he Hon’ble The Political
Resident 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. ,
Bushire.
Yours sincerely,
(<to Y
- Ya-

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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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