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'File 61/11 IV (D 77) Hejaz-Nejd, Miscellaneous' [‎86r] (181/366)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (182 folios). It was created in 17 Feb 1930-4 Apr 1932. It was written in English. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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{Received on 4th October 1931, with Political Secretary's letter No. P. Z.-
38, dated 11 th Seytemher 1931.)
End. in F. 0. covering letter, dated 11th September 1931.
D espatch from the F oreign O ffice, to H. M.' s C harge d'affaires,
J edda , N o . 360, dated the 10 th S eptember 1931.
With reference to my predecessor's despatch No. 308 of the 7th August
[S. No. (83)] I have to inform you that the Minister of the Hejaz-Nejd,
ao an interview with a member of this Department on the 4th September,
stated that Abdurrahman Qusaibi had failed to come to terms with any
British bank regarding the proposed establishment of a State Bank in the
2. The Minister added that the Hejazi Government, in spite of his
explanations, refused to believe that His Majesty's Government were really,
as they had stated, powerless to influence the British banks, and had
apparently formed the opinion that His Majesty's Government were them
selves disinclined to support the proposal; he was doing his best to disabuse
his Government of this misconception.
3. Meanwhile, as he had spoken very frankly about the Hejazi Govern
ment s project in the first instance, he wished to state confidentially that he
had learnt unofficially that Abdurrahman Qusaibi had now proceeded to
Holland where a Dutch bank was showing great interest in the matter and
appeared ready to come to terms. In reply to a question, the Sheikh said
that he understood that it was proposed that a loan should be made to the
Hejazi Government secured on the receipts of the Jedda customs, and that
the Netherlands bank would probably be allowed to appoint an official in the
customs to safeguard their interests. No final agreement had yet been
reached, but it seemed probable that one would not be long delayed.
4. Sheikh Hafiz Wahba was informed that, as it had been impossible
for this country to furnish King Ibn Saud with the financial help and faci
lities he desired, His Majesty's Government could only welcome the fact
that the requisite assistance seemed likely to be forthcoming from another

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The volume contains letters, telegrams, and memoranda relating to Hejaz affairs. Most of the correspondence is between the British Legation in Jeddah, the Political Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. in Bushire, the Political Agencies in Bahrain and Kuwait, the Foreign and Colonial Offices in London, and the Government of India.

The majority of the volume concerns the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Hejaz-Najd and its Dependencies, especially the financial difficulties it was experiencing at the time and attempts to counter them.

Other subjects covered are:

  • the prospect of the Kingdom joining the League of Nations;
  • the appointment of a Minister in London;
  • al-Qusaibi's proposed visit to London;
  • the different uses of the title "Sheikh";
  • American recognition of Ibn Sa'ud as King;
  • the mineral prospecting of the American millionaire Mr C. R. Crane;
  • American appraisal of the water situation in the region;
  • the religious policing activities of the Committee of Virtue in the Hejaz;
  • the arrest of two members of the royal family between Kuwait and Zubair;
  • the territorial dispute between Ibn Sa'ud and Yemen;
  • relations between Ibn Sa'ud and Italy.

A notable document within the volume is a confidential report on the heads of all foreign missions in Jeddah (folios 163-164).

At the back of the volume (folios 165-170) are office file notes.

Extent and format
1 volume (182 folios)

The volume is arranged chronologically. There is a partial and non-alphabetical list of subjects at the front of the volume (folio 2). The list identifies some of the earlier subject correspondence in the volume and where it occurs, according to its original numbering, as folios 17 to 41a.

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Foliation: The sequence starts on the first page with ff 1A-1D and then continues from f 2 to the inside back cover. The numbers are written in pencil, circled and 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. The are the following anomalies: f 38A; f 91A; f 108A; f 128A; f 146A; there is no f 119.

There are two more sequences that are inconsistent and incomplete.

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