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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎44v] (88/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. It was written in English and French. 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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or part payment of duty on goods imported by the holders, it would take the
Poles a very long time to get their money back. Should the deal go through the
question will arise whether the arrangements do not involve preferential treat
ment of the kind referred to in the recent correspondence relative to His
Majesty’s Government’s claims against the Sa’udi Government.
(3. 1 am sending copies of this despatch to Cairo and the Department of
Overseas Trade.
{Received on 17th March 1934 ivith Political Secretary’s letter No. 9, dated the
1st March 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated the 23rd February 1934.
Telegram from the Foreign Office, to His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, No. 22,
My telegram No. 16 of the 10th February [Serial No. (21)]. Hejaz
Development Corporation.
If you have not already done so, please impress on ^Minister of Finance
at next opportunity that the registration of a company in the United Kingdom
is a mere formality and is no guarantee of its status.
Further information by bag.
(Received on 3rd March 1934 with Political Secretary’s letter No. 11, \dated-,
the 15th March 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter dated the 10th March 1934.
Letter from His M.ajesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. i39
(384|124|11), dated the 12th February 1934.
With reference to your telegram No. 16 of February 10th [Serial No. (21)],
and previous correspondence [cf. Serial Nos. (8) and (23)], relative to the pro
ceedings of * Abdul Hamid Bey Shedid, 1 have the honour to state that on the
morning of February 11, I sent a message to the Saudi Minister of Finance,
who had returned to Mecca, saying that 1 had a communication for him which
would be very short but which I should prefer to make orally, if he had other
business in 3 edda. I offered to see him in the evening or any time in the course
of the following two days.
2. Sheykh ‘Abdullah Suleyman would hear of no delay and came to Jedda the
same afternoon. When he called I first explained that it was unusual for His
Majesty’s Government to tender advice in such cases, but that you had autho
rised me to make two statements on the understanding that the Saudi Govern
ment would regard the matter as strictly confidential. I then conveyed to him
the substance of the second sentence of your telegram under reference [Serial
No. (21)], and 3 r our telegram No. 15 of February 7th [Serial No. (19)].
3. In the conversation which ensued I added as from myself that Sheykh
‘Abdullah knew more about Shedid than I did but that in my opinion the
Saudi Government would do well to use great caution. I suggested that they
ought to be able to obtain any further information they needed through the
Saudi Minister in London. Sheykh ‘Abdullah said that he did not think they
need seek any further information in view of what I had told him on behalf of
His Majesty’s Government. He expressed great gratitude.
4. 1 am sending a copy of this despatch to the Department of Overseas
{Received by Air Mail under P.Z. 1902\1916 34.)
Enclosure in Air Ministry covering letter No. S.-33096|S.-6, dated 19th March
Letter from the Air Ministry, to the Colonial Office, No. S.-33096jS. 6,
dated the 19th March 1934.
T am commanded by the Air Council to refer to Mr. Downie’s letter of
the 12th instant (37942|34) regarding a complaint by the Imam of the Yemen

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, 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 also present in parallel between ff 2-215; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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