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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎14v] (28/434)

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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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be assumed that the mouth of the Wadi in question is the boundary point in the
eyes of the Saudi Government and the Government of the Yemen probably take the
same view.
2. I think it worth while to draw attention to this point, even though it is
unlikely to have escaped you, as it may be important for naval purposes to have
a definite indication of the coastal point at which Saudi Arabia ends and the Yemen
begins. In this connexion I may add that I now learn privately from the com
manding officer of H. M. S. Penzance that the Island of Ashik, which I mentioned
in paragraph 5 of the enclosure in my despatch No. 104 of the 9th April regarding
naval visits to the Farsan Islands, &c., lies off the coast 30 fniles south of Jizan,
11 miles north-north-west of Medi and about 2 miles south of the mouth of the
Wadi Tashar.
3. I am sending copies of this despatch to His Majesty’s Chief Commissioner
at Aden and to the senior naval officer in the Red Sea sloops.
(Received on the 8th July 1933, with the Political Secretary’s letter No. 25, dated the
22nd June 1933.)
Letter from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 118,
No. 1.
With reference to paragraph 32 of the Jedda report enclosed in my despatch
No. 102 of the 7th April (F. 81-N./33), I have the honour to state that Ibn.
Sa’ud arrived in Jedda early yesterday and gave the usual series of formal audiences
to the heads of foreign missions in the forenoon. He is staying at a large house
which has recently been built by the Minister of Finance about a mile outside the
town. It is already rumoured that the so-called “ Green Palace ” is to be turned
into a hotel. Be this as it may, it is interesting to note the tightening of the cop-
nexion between His Majesty and Sheikh Abdullah Suleiman, who spends but little
time in Jedda and may have built his new house partly with a view to his master’s
2. I found the King affable, but he did not appear to be in the same good
form as when I last saw him at the end of last August; I cannot say that he looked
ill, but he gave the impression of suffering from nervous worry. He seemed
distrait, and I had to initiate almost every subject of conversation. The nature of
the audience required that the topics should be general. We discoursed of our
respective states of health, the excellent rains that have fallen in Nejd, the virtues
of water and the broader aspects of the recent pilgrimage. The most striking
feature of this last part of the conversation was the King’s eagerness to assure me
of his readiness to entertain suggestions for the betterment of pilgrimage condi
tions. He repeated this assurance at least twice.
3. Mr. Furlonge, who was with me, agrees generally with my impression
of the King’s physical state. He had not seen His Majesty for nearly two years
and would not like to express himself too confidently, but he thought that Ibn Sa’ud
presented the appearance of having aged considerably.
4. The King’s plans appear to be uncertain. If I should have any conversa
tion with him of an important nature during his stay in Jedda, I will report sepa
5. I am sending copies of this despatch to His Majesty’s Ambassador at
Bagdad, to His Majesty’s High Commissioner for Transjordan, to the Honourable
the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and to His Majesty’s Chief Commis
sioner at Aden.
{Received on the 8th July 1933, with the Political Secretary’s letter No. 25, dated the
22nd June 1933.)
Letter from the 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. , to the Colonial Office, No. P.Z.-2871/33,
With reference to Colonial Office letter No. 17963/33 of 17th May 1933
[Serial No. (19)], regarding the succession to the Sultanate of Lahej, I am directed

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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.

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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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