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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎82v] (164/434)

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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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2 . I understand that the two aeroplanes, a De Havilland Oregon (as last year)
and a Tigar Moth, made the journey from Egypt in one day, leaving Cairo at 5 A.M, r
an improvement on last year’s performance, when the flight was made in two stages.
Short halts were made this year at Tor, Wejh and Yanbu. The pilots are Mr. G. S.
Brown (flight-lieutenant R. A. F. Reserve) and Ismail Effendi Sidky.
3 . Talaat Pasha, who called on His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires the day after
his arrival, left with his associates for Mecca by car on the 25th November. He is
expected to leave here on the 28th November by air for Yanbu, whence he will visit
Medina by car, and return to Egypt by air on the 1st December.
4 . I hope to be in a position to report more fully in due course on the objects
of this second visit to the Hejaz. Generally, I think, it may be assumed that the
mission will interest itself, as last year, in makirg arrangements for the reception
of Egyptian pilgrims coming to this country by the Egyptian steamers Zamzam
and Nil, and in taking further steps to establish here branches of the Banque
5 . The mission do not appear to be the guests of the Saudi Government this
year, and whilst in Jedda have been accommodated in the new premises taken
by the Banque Misr during the past year, which were originally intended, it is
believed, for the Soviet Legation. Generally, it may be said that less publicity
has been given to this visit than to its counterpart of last year ; I have still to hear
of the broadcast distribution of piece-goods, etc., of Egyptian manufacture, whilst
this year the aeroplanes have not been activly engaged in treating the Jedda popu
lace to joy-rides.
6 . I was informed by my Egyptian colleague, some time before the arrival
of the mission, that Talaat Harb Pasha had requested permission of the Saudi
authorities to be allowed to fly to Riyadh to meet the King. I understand that
the Saudis have been unable to accede to this request.
7 . I am sending copies of this despatch to His Majest 's Principal Secretary
of State for Foreign Affairs, Department of Overseas Trade, and to the Acting
High Commissioner for Egypt.
Enclosure to Serial No. (6).
Mr. Calvert to Sir John Simon,.—(Received December 18.)
Letter from His Majesty’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign
Office, No. 360, dated the 4th December 1934.
With reference to my despath No. 349 of the 27th November last [Serial No.
(6)] relative to the Egyptian commercial and financial mission to this country, I
have the honour to report that Talaat Harb Pasha, Midhat Yaghen Pasha and
party (with the exception of Kemal Bey Alui, who left the same day for Egypt by
Khedivial mail steamer) left for Yanbu by air on the 28th November and after
visiting Medina by car resumed their return journey to Egypt on the last December.
2 . Talaat Pasha's visit this year is shorter than was expected and only two
whole days were put in at Mecca. By some this is thought to be due to his dis
satisfaction at being refused permission to fly to Riyadh to see the King. His
donations to schools and hospitals were on a modest scale, according to report, but
free distribution as charity of piece-goods and other Egyptian manufactures, which
had not taken place when I wrote my despatch under reference, was subsequently
undertaken on behalf of the Egyptian mission by the Jedda municipality on the
4th December.
3 . I learn that Talaat Pasha was primarily interested in arranging with the
Saudi authorities for further facilities this year for Egyptian pilgrims. The ship-
ing agents will continue to be Messrs. Haji Abdullah Ali Reza and Co., according
to their own account, and financial arrangements, which are said to include the
perception of Saudi pilgrim dues from, the individual pilgrims by Banque Misr and
payment to the Saudi Arab Government in a lump sum, will be handled by Banque
Misr or separately appointed agents here. Two large motor-launches, to seat 100
passengers each, are to be brought here by Banque Misr in order to facilitate the
transport of pilgrims from the outer anchorage in the heavy seas. The present
charges for sambuqs are to remain undisturbed, and the local interests involved

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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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