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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎139r] (277/434)

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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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4. According to the “Journal de Teheran”, Seyed Muhammad
Zubara will return to his country by way of Iraq, Syria and Egypt.
5. I am sending copies of this despatch to His Majesty’s Ambassador
at Baghdad No. 65, and to the Resident at Aden, No. 604/4/36.
( 72 )
Letter from the Clerk to the Committee, Lloyd’s, London, to the
Eoreign Office, No. A. D./C./R., dated the 11th September 1936.
I am directed to inform you that a Firm of Insurance Brokers at
Lloyd’s have received an enquiry for the insurance of Ammunition and
Rides from Zurich via Cologne and Hamburg to Hodeidah and Djeddah.
The shipment it is stated consists of—
10.000 Rifles for Djeddah, valued at Sw. Fes. 200,000,
Cartridges for Djeddah, valued at Sw. Fes. 1,500,000,
1.000 Rifles for Hodeidah, valued at Sw. Fes. 20,000,
Cartridges for Hodeidah, valued at Sw. Fes. 150,000,
and it is also stated that the “necessary licences” have been given and that
the shipment will take place within a fortnight.
I am directed by my Committee to ask if you will be so good as to
favour them with the opinion of the Secretary of State for Foreign Allairs
as to whether there would be any objection to Underwriters at Lloyd s
insuring the consignment referred to above.
As it is desired to conclude this transaction at an early date, my Com
mittee would be grateful if they could be favoured with a reply to this
communication as soon as possible.
Letter from the Foreign Office, to the Clerk to the Committee,
Lloyds, No. E.-5741/3392/91, dated the 16th September 1936.
I am directed by Mr. Secretary Eden to acknowledge the receipt of
vour letter A. D./C./R. of 11th September [S. No. (72)], enquiring
whether there would be any objection to Underwriters at Lloyds insuring
certain consignments of arms and ammunition which are being sent from
Zurich via Cologne and Hamburg to Jedda and Hodeidah respectively.
.2 I am to inform you in reply that there will be no objection from the
point of view of His Majesty’s Government to the Underwriters effecting
the insurance proposed.
Letter from the Clerk to the Committee, Lloyd's London, to the
Foreign Office, No. A. D./C./R. dated the 15th September 1936.
With reference to my letter of the 11th instant, regarding enquiries
for Reinsurance of muniLns to Hodeidah “d D^ddah l am dir^d to
pHvise YOU that information has been received that a further enquiry nas
been received in the London Insurance Market for the insurance of Fcs^
Root),000, on munitions from Hamburg or Antwerp to Hodeidah by. the
steamer “Bramhill”.
L Lloyd’s, No. E.-5828/3392/91, dated the 17th September 1936.
T am directed bv Mr. Secretary Eden to acknowledge the receipt
vour letter A. D./C./R., of September ^ fS^
of enquiries received for the insurance of 15,000,000 francs on munition,
from Hamburg or Antwerp to Hodeidah.
889(S) F&PD

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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.

Physical characteristics

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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