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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎3v] (6/434)

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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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2. Would you give us any available information about
character, etc., of this person ? aDout
the antecedents,
Enclosure 1 to Serial No. (3).
Leiikr from the British Embassy, Baghdad, to the Foreign
1NO. J8|l|d3, DATED THE 5 th JANUARY 1933.
f re M n R reas ? n su PP° se that he is likely to be anti-English Members
Enclosure 2 to Serial No. (3).
Muwaffaq al ’Alusi.
\tiansferred to the post of Director in the Miniatr-ir tti
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Autumn of^ 1932 and taking service under Ibn Sa hid as Legal Adviser^n the
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one educated m the principles of European law. 7 epugnant to
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(Recetved on nth March 1933 with Political Secretary’s letter No. S, dated
23rd February 1933.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office, covering letter No. E.-759|759|25, dated February
IGtli* 1D33.
Letter f6om H. M.’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No 15 (1161214)
Chancery N^llmllMlpI *f“-° fficial ™* e ^ the Eastern Department to my
m! Wfa 7 7vi\ ldJ8 l 164 |25 Of November 25, I have the honour to state that
Mr Hope-Gill was unable to extract any information from the so-called
• sistant Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs here re^ardinsr the dite
of exchange of ratifications and entry into form of the Treaty of December 1931
between Ibn Sa’ud and the Imam Yahya, I therefore wrote personally to Fuad
Bey Hamza on January 1, explaining that the information was needed for purelv
documentary purposes. When I reminded Fuad Bey of mv letter in convei>sa
tion on January 9, he replied that the ratification had been effected bv an
Sg tLm^r S Biyadh ateS ° f ^ Were n0t “ his P° ssessi -’ bat —
^ > ®^ a ^ 1 ^ 1 R^™y > hiQniiy 1 was
di tated by a purely general interest in the relations between two Inorlarehs
T ™, /w Ma ' 1 . es - t y s fipnernment liked to see on good terms with each other
l S3 ' d ‘ hat n m >: ^? S a llttIe c0 ? fused - ]t had been announced in the
Umm-al-Qura that the Kmg was sending a representative to San’a (This
announcement was made in the issue of November 4. under the heading “ New
endeavours of IDs Majesty the King for the union of Arabs. Negotiations with
I emen. ) Subsequently an impression had grown up that this referred to the
despatch of Sheykh Hamad Suleyman and Khalid Bey al Qarqani, and that they
had been held up by the revolt m ’Asfr.
3. Fuad Bey said there had been no question of sending Sheykh Hamad and
hiscompamon to San a Their destination had always been Asfr, where it was
at first intended that they should investigate the situation and where they
remained after the outbreak of the revolt. They were now with the punitive

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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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