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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎7r] (13/434)

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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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Copy sent to Department of Overseas Trade under No. O.T.-ll (6191160I5 of
3rd March 1933.) 1 ~ "
Enclosure 1 to Serial No. (11).
.Letter from His Majesty^s Minister, Jedda, to hte Foreign Office, a\o. iZ
(618|160|5), dated the 3rd March 1933.
I have the honour to transmit herewith a translation of an extract from the
Mecca Lmm-al-Qura ” ot the 24th February which bears on the possible grant
ci mining and oil concessions in this country.
2. The article is chiefly of interest as making express mention of noii-Moslems
as prospective concessionaires, in open contrast to the policy which appeared to
^ ^hemplation in 1931, when, for instance, it was definitely recommended by
the ‘ National Conference ’’ convened in June of that year that concessions should
be granted to Moslems only.
neia, Tiioiii
I tie policy ot confining concessions to Moslems held the
perhaps more m theory than as a genuine factor in Ibn Sa’ud’s schemes for
economic devo.opment, until recently. It has now perhaps been felt that the
arrival here on I ebruary 15 of Messrs. Twitchell and Hamilton, represent!mr
American mining and oil interests, needed some public explanation.
4 I am sending copies of this despatch to the Department of Overseas Trade
(Development and Intelligence) and to His Excellency the Viceroy (Fore!mi
Department.) J
Enclosure 2 to Serial No. (11).
Extuact prom the Mecca “ Umm-al-Quea. ”, No. 428 of the 29th Shawwal 1351
(24th February 1933.)
About the Econovnic Projects.**
A leading article under the above heading refers to the economic nroiect-
wlnch are expected to be carried out by the Government of His Maiestv th
King, and to the tact that it seems, after inspection and examination that
country is rich m its minerals ; it has therefore become incumbent on th-.
Government to make use of such minerals, so as to enable them to accomplish
their economic projects and to follow the plan which they have adopted tor be
amelioration ot the state of the country, but in view of the fact thaf the wealth
of the country cannot assist the natives to carry out these projects at piesen
toe Government have found it necessary to grant concessions to applicants either
Mo. loins or non-Moslems. The Government most sincerely desire that Moslem ■
shoiik not tail to undertake this business. We remember that His Matosty toe
Gimf hl t, S r Ch ’ i Was Polished in the ” J Umui-al
Viua issue i\ o. 38u, that he would have no objection to any of the Moslem Khio X
I r nces or merchants wishing to make humane efforts in this country for the
bo,m f M " sl “ ms - Provided that such efforts do not affect toe prestii ai d
honour of our countries, our independence and relmon ° d
(Received on 61h May 1933, with Political Secretary’s letter No 3 n te,T
20th April 1933.) ’ ' a
No. R m9in3!b2A° reiSn ^ Covcrinjf lotter > dated 10th April, 1933,
Letter from His Majesty's Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 85 (753'
133112), DATED THE 16tH Ma^RCH 1933. 1
Vff- T u av ° 0I * m » n y occasions during the last three years drawn attention to
difficulty created at this post by the fact that the 4’udi MMstry of Fimeton
Affairs has its headquarters m Mecca and that the visits paid to Teddn W
responsible members of the Ministry have been very irretmlJ i „ Jedda by
Sheykh Ah Taha, one of the assistants of the Governor of JeddafwL ^VcnTrly

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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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