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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎3r] (5/434)

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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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Memorandum from the High Commissioner for EgypTj No. 119]21133, dated the
14th February 1933.
The First Secretary of the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. presents his compliments to the Sec
retary to the Government of India in the Foreign and Political Department,
Delhi, and is instructed to transmit herewith a copy of the undermentioned
paper :—
Description of Enclosure.
Name and date. Subject.
To Chancery, British Legation, Kabul, Arabia. Anti-Ibn Saud, Movement—
No. 119| 21133, dated the 14th Febru- Syed Abdel Raouf El Sabban.
ary 1933.
Enclosure to Serial No. (1).
Letter from the Cairo Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , to the British Legation, Kabuh, No. 119|21|
33, dated the 14th February 1933.
Witlj reference to your letter No. 185 of January 18th, enclosing copy of a
telegram from the. Special Section of the Public Security Department in Cairo,
relative to the movements of Saved Abdel Raouf El Sabban, we are informed
that , the Egyptian authorities have no reason to believe that this individual
intends to vjsit Afghanistan. They merely circularised various authorities by
cable, instructing them not be give him a visa for Egypt.
We can add nothing to the descriptive details of Abdel Raouf El Sabban
given you in the Amnkhas telegram. He is a moving spirit in the so-called
“ El Dabbagh Conspiracy ” against the Saudi regime in Arabia and is on the
lists of persons prohibited from entering Palestine and Egypt, We Last heard
of him as being in Baghdad on January 18th last.
We are sending a copy of this letter to His Majesty’s Embassy, Baghdad,
and to the Foreign and Political Department, Government of India.
( 2 ).
{Received on 4th February 1933, with Political Secretary's letter No. 3, dated
19th January 1933.)
Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter, dated 14th January 1933.
Letter from the C. C., Aden, to the Colonial Office, No. 251, dated the 21st
December 1932.
I have the honour to report that Sultan ’Abdulla bin Tsa bin ’Afrar, the
recognised Chief of Socotra and Qishn died on 6th January 1932.
| . 1 »«• « J r- t I
I have now received a declaration—signed by certain of the late Sultan’s
relations and also by certain notables and tribal Sheikhs, that Sultan ’Ali bin
Salim bin Ahmed bin Tu’ari bin ’Afrar, cousin of the late Sultan, has been elect
ed as his successor.
Believing this election to have been in order, I have accorded recognition to
Sultan ’Ali bin Salim and authorised the payment to him of the stipped previ
ously enjoyed bv his late cousin, in accordance with the authority contained in
Colonial Office Despatch No. 22, dated 30th May 1932.
( 3 )
{Received on 18th February 1933, with Political Secretary's letter No. 5, dated
2nd February 1933.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office, covering letter, dated 26th January 1933.
Letter from the Foreign Office, to the British Embassy, Baghdad, No. E.-6454|
397125, dated the 15th December 1932.
We see that Jedda have sent y r ou direct a copy of their despatch No. 448 of
November 14th about the appointment of Muwaffaq-al-Alusi, a renegade Iraqi,
as legal adviser in the Saudi Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

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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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