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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎4r] (7/434)

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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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forces. The King had sent quite independently another officer direct from
Riyadh to San’a in the person of Muhammad Ibn Dhawi, a “ clerk ” in his
diwan. The object was to discuss in a friendly spirit various outstanding
matters, among which Fuad Bey specifically mentioned frontier delimitation.
4. Fuad Bey said that Muhammad ibn Dhawi was still in San’a. He pro
mised spontaneously to inquire about the course of the negotiations and to let
me know the result of his inquiries. When thanking him, I repeated that my
interest in the matter was general and that while I should be glad to have any
further information, I did not wish to be importunate. All that really concerned
us was to know that the rulers concerned were in good relations, as we were all
for peace in Arabia. Fuad Bey made the remarks which are now usual about
the excellent attitude of the Imam in regard to the ’Asfr revolt, of which he
disapproved. I said that all my own information supported the belief that the
Imam had no desire to embroil himself.
5. I am sending a copy of this despatch to His Majesty’s Chief Commis
sioner at Aden.
{Received on 11th March 1933, with Political Secretary's letter No. 8, dated 23rd
February 1933.)
Enclosures in Foreign Office covering letter No. E.-900|900l65, dated Februarv
21st, 1933. ^
Memorandum from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office
No. 34 (255|56|8), dated the 25th January 1933.
His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda presents his compliments to His Majesty’s
Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and has the honour to transmit
to him the undermentioned documents.
lem, No. 25415618, of the 25th
January 1933.
(Copies sent to Baghdad under No. 256|56|8 and to Cairo under No 257I56I8
of 25th January 1933.) 1 1
Enclosure to Serial No. (5). :
{Letter from His Majesty^ Minister, Jedda, to the High Commissioner for
I have the honour to state that, according to information derived from the
local press and other sources, Sheykh Kamil al Qalssab arrived in Jedda on
December 4. and proceeded to Riyadh where he saw Ibn Sand. He returned from
Riyadh on January 2, and embarked next day for Egypt on his way to Haifa
One informant states that he was given a substantial sum by the Minister of
Finance on instructions from the King.
2. Al Qassab had at one time an official position in this country as
Director of Education, though it is not quite clear whether he held it under
King Husem or the present King. His name has appeared several times in
recent intelligence reports from Palestine as that of an ardent supporter of
Ibn Saud and an advocate of the projected Arab Congress being held at Mecca.
,, difficulty of determining Ibn Sand’s real attitude towards
the Arab Congress idea, it would be of great interest to this Legation to know
whether al Qassab s proceedings or utterances on his return to Palestine
throw any light on the subject.
( 5 )
Name and date.
To His Excellency the High Com
missioner for Palestine, Jerusa-
Movements of Sheykh
Kamil al Qassab.
India, No. 254 1 56 18, dated the 25th January 1933.

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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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