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'F-86 File 82/27 - V QATAR OIL' [‎189r] (386/466)

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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.7498/1934
Britannic House,
HinsBury Circus,
London, E.C.2.
7th December, 1934.
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,
Thank you for your letter of the 1st December
about the Q,atar Oil concession, under reference P.Z. 7312/34.
Letters we have recently exchanged clear up I think what
misunderstanding may have existed between us.
I now see your point that in principle the
altered wording in Article 10 of our draft of the 25th
October is "much more restrictive", but from the practical
point of view from which alone we looked at it it was in
our view no more restrictive than the draft of the 13th
March 1934 and had the same meaning.
Under the March draft we considered that we v/ere
liable for Company imports for the personal use of its
employees, but the Company in practice imports nothing for
the personal use of its employees for v/hich they do not pay.
It is simply our experience elsewhere which led to the
suggestion from one of our staff recently returned from Persia
of a rewording to render impossible claims recently made in
that country by the Customs officials.
Among several instances I can quote that of
coir matting imported solely for placing underneath 10,000
ton tanks, which Customs have argued might be used for the
dirty feet of our employees and therefore was dutiable as an
article/

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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.

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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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