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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎9r] (17/434)

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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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( 16 )
The papers specified below were transmitted to the Secretary, Political Depart
ment, 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. , London, for the information of His Majesty’s Secretary of State
for India, under cover of the Foreign Secretary’s letter No. 83-M., dated the 1st
June 1933:—
Arabia Series of 1933 [Serial Nos. (1) to (12)].
( 17 )
The papers specified below were transmitted to His Majesty’s Minister, Kabul,
for information, under cover of the Foreign Secretary’s letter No. 21 -K., dated
the 27th May 1933:—
Arabia Series of 1933 [Serial Nos. (1) to (12)].
( 18 )
Office Memorandum from the Private Secretary to Viceroy, No. 1036-G.P.,
Transferred to the Secretary to the Government of India in the Foreign
No reply has been sent to the enclosed.
Enclosure 1 to Serial No. (18).
Memorandum No. 42 (1332/28/38), dated the 15th May 1933.
His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda presents his comp’iments to His Excellency
the Viceroy of India and has the honour to transmit to him the undermentioned
Description of Enclosure.
Name and Date. Subject.
To Foreign Office, No. 140 of May 15th 1933. Financial situation in Sa‘udi Arabia.
Copies to Department of Overseas Trade, No. O.T. 19 (1331/28/38).
Government of India, No. 42 (1332/28/38).
H. M. High Commissioner for Egypt, No. 1333/28/38.
The High Commissioner for Transjordan, No. 1334/28/38 of 15th May 1933.
Enclosure 2 to Serial No. (18).
Letter from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 149 (1330/28/38), dated the 15th May 1633.
I have dealt in recent reports with two separate but inter-related subjects
connected with the financial situation in this country, viz., {a) The proposed estab
lishment of a National Bank under the auspices of the ex-Khedive (see correspon
dence ending with my despatch No. 101 of April 5th); and (b) The position in regard
to the payment of the Sa’udi Government’s debts, with special reference to debts
in which His Majesty’s Government have a direct interest and to the use of drafts
on customs to pay commercial debts (see correspondence ending with my despatch
No. 123 of April 21st).
2. Both of these subjects have been brought into the lime-light as a result
more particularly of the article by Mr. Philby in the Times of April 26th. So far
as official circles in the Hejaz are concerned, silence had for some time brooded over
the Bank proposal. They have, I think, been a little perturbed at receiving no
news as to the progress made by 'Abdul Hamid Shedid since he left on April 10th

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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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