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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎21v] (42/434)

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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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Enclosure 4 to Serial No. (41).
Telegram from the Resident, Bushire, to His Majesty’s Charge d’affaires,
Jedda, No. 601, dated the 25th July 1933. (Repeated to Air Officer
Commanding, Baghdad.)
Flying boat K.-2134 forced landed at Raselbeyda 0340-G.M.T., 24th July
owing to defective engine. Exchange of engines is being carried out.
Enclosure 5 to Serial No. (41).
Memorandum No. 238 (2178|242|28), dated the 26th July 1933.
His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires 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 under-mentioned documents.
Description of Enclosure.
Name and date.
His Royal Highness, The Sa’udi
Minister for Foreign Affairs,
No. 108 of 26th July 1933.
descent of flying boat, K.-
off Jinnah Islands.
(Copies sent to :—
Baghdad under No. 21791242128 of 26th July 1933.
Bushire under No. 2180j242[28 of 26th July 1933.)
Enclosure 6 to Serial No. (41).
Letter from His Majesty’s
Foreign Affairs, Sa’udi
Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Minister of
Arabia, No. 108 (2177|242|28), dated the 26th
July 1933.
With reference to my Urgent note No. 107 (2162|242;24) of the 2nd Rabi-
ul-Thani (25th Julv) last, relative to the forced descent of a flying boat of the
Royal Air Force off the Rasa Coast near the Jinnah Islands, I have the honour
to inform Your Royal Highness that as a further precaution for the safety of
this aircraft and personnel, the ship H. M. S. “ Bideford ” is proceeding to
join the aeroplane and will remain there until the repairs to the engine have
been completed.
Enclosure 7 to Serial No. (41).
Memorandum No. 239 (2183'242!29), dated the 27th July 1933.
His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires at Jedda presents his compliments to
His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the
lion our to transmit to him the under-mentioned documents :—
Description of Enclosure.
Name and date.
H. M. S. Bideford, telegram No
1245 of 25th Julv 1933, and tele
gram No. 1015 of 26th July 1933.
Violation of Sa’udi Arab territory
by Royal Air Force flying boat.
Enclosure 8 to Serial No. (41).
Telegram from His Majesty’s Ship “ Bideford ”, to His Majesty’s Charge
d’affaires, Jedda, No. 1245, dated the July 25th, 1933.
Addressed to Senior Naval Officer. 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. , 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. ,
Bn shire, 0. C.-203, His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, repeated to K.-2134 from

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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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English and French in Latin script
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