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'File 61/14 XVII (D 76) Nejd-Iraq Relations' [‎4r] (16/440)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (216 folios). It was created in 30 Apr 1930-25 Jan 1932. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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I do not see therefore how Ito Saud can possiMy
OQMteiia thai we have not fulfilled our undertaking/
I imagine that what has happened is that the
hangers on have intervened and are doing their "best to
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As I negotiated these terms I am naturally interested
the matter and fa el that I have heen very hadly let
down fcy Ilm Saud #
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you ention that when negotiating the settlement
/I had every oonxldenoe in Ibn Baud's kingly word, and
( that the Shaikh of Kuwait has given every possible
assistance to Ihn Baud's representatives to search
Kuwait territory for rebels, while he himself paid a
tribute to the B.A.F.for their splendid work in conveying
the tribes across the border and therefore 1 do feel
very keenly the fact that the undertaking given to me
has not been fulfilled.
If you could press the matter and see if you can get
the money out of him, I should be extremely grateful.

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The volume contains correspondence pertaining to relations between Najd and Iraq. It is mostly between Harold Dickson, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Kuwait, Hugh Biscoe, Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in Bushire, Andrew Ryan, British Minister in Jeddah, Francis Humphrys, High Commissioner in Iraq, the Lord Passfield, Secretary of State for the Colonies in London, Arthur Henderson, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in London, the Government of India, Ibn Sa'ud, King of Najd and the Hejaz, Sheikh Hafiz Wahba, advisor to Ibn Sa'ud, Ja'far al-'Askari, Minister for Foreign Affairs in Iraq, and Nuri al-Said, Prime Minister of Iraq.

The volume covers the months following the collapse of the Ikhwan rebellion and is mostly concerned with the payment of £10,000 compensation to Iraq and Kuwait by Ibn Sa'ud. Other issues include:

Documents of note are the intelligence reports (folios 8-10, 13-16, 110-112) by Dickson on tribal movements, including a genealogical map of the Mutair tribe (folios 66-67), and summaries and translations of articles (folio 31 and folios 117-147) appearing in the Saudi newspaper Umm al-Qura that cover the recent affairs of the region and mention Britain. This was part of press monitoring carried out at Jeddah.

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1 volume (216 folios)

The volume is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main sequence starts on the front cover (f 1A) and ends on the last folio at the back of the volume (f 214). All numbering is in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio and mainly consists of a black ink stamped number: 3-25, 27-42, 44, 46-51, 53-214. Several numbers in the sequence are written in pencil and encircled: 1A, 1b, 1c, 2, 25b, 52. One number is written in pencil but not encircled: 43. The black ink stamped number 26 has been changed to 26A and encircled, in pencil. The folio between 44 and 46 has not been renumbered 45. It is identified instead by the earlier pencilled number 45/50, written in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of the folio. There are other earlier and inconsistent foliation sequences, consisting mainly of pencilled numbers that are not circled.

Fold-out folio: 67.

There is a second sequence that is written in pencil and uncircled in the same place, but it is inconsistent.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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