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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎176r] (351/434)

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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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Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 10th May 1937.
Letter from Minister, Jedda, to Foreign Office, No. 46, dated the
19th April 1937.
Jedda, March 27, 1937.
To complete the record of the conversations with Ibn Sand which was
sent to you as the enclosure to my despatch No. 41 dated the 23rd March,
I have the honour to transmit translations of two documents :—
{1) A letter from Sheikh Yusuf Yasin in reply to a letter which I had
written to him in the sense of paragraph 17 of the record. I
had said that a map in our possession showed Araik as between
Qasr-as-Salwa and Jabal Naksh, and had asked whether His
Majesty’s definition did not leave Jabal Naksh to Qatar, but
Sheikh Yusuf Yasin’s letter does not admit my contention,
and implies that there is another Araik (Uraiq) between Jabal
Dukhan and Jabal Naksh.
(2) A note in which Ibn Saud amplifies statements made by him, in the
course of the conversations, about his position in regard to the
Arab rulers on 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. .
2. The questions referred to in these enclosures will be dealt with
3, Copies of this despatch and enclosures are being sent to Cario, Jeru
salem, Bagdad, Bushire and Aden.
Enclosure 1 to letter No. 46, dated the 19th April 1937.
Sheikh Yusuf Yasin to Sir E. Bullard.
Dear Sir Reader Bullard, Jedda, March 23, 1937.
The moment I received your Excellency’s letter of the 23rd march, 1937,
I hastened to put right the point which your Excellency raised. In the inter
view I had in haste with your Excellency at your house just before noon on
Tuesday, the 10th Muharram (22nd March, 1937), I explained to you that
I did not believe that His Majesty the King, in his conversation to which you
referred, meant A1 Ureyq but Dukhan. There was a slip of the tongue. After
I left your Excellency I enquired of His Majesty concerning the actual fact,
and His Majesty stated that he did not intend that place, which is south of
Naksh, but the one which is south of Dukhan, which makes Naksh within the
Saudi * Arab Kingdom. During the conversation His Majesty did not
think of giving up the claim concerning the frontiers put forward by the Go
vernment of His Majesty. His Majesty’s statement was accidental and did
not concern the details of the case. The question was not one of discussing
the exact position of the frontiers, and I therefore think the question still
stands where it did.
Enclosure 2.
Note by Ibn Saud amplifying his Statements abend his Position in regard to
the Arab Eulers on 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. .
I have spoken clearly about the historical stages in the relations between
me and the British Government, all of which have been courteous and consis.
tently amicable on my part, and sometimes on the part of the British. But
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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.

Extent and format
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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