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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎22r] (43/434)

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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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Leaving Bahrain this evening for Ras Albeyda. Expect to arrive after
noon to-morrow Wednesday. Shall remain there until repairs to engine of
Rangoon K.-2134 are completed.
Enclosure 9 to Serial No. (41).
Telegram from His Majesty’s Ship Bideford ”, to His Majesty’s Charge
d’affaires, Jedda, No. 1015, dated the July 26th, 1933.
Addressed to Admiralty, 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. , Staff Officer
Intelligence Columbo, 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. , Bushire, Minister at Jedda, repeated
to 203 Flying Boat Squadron from H. M. S. Bideford.
Arrived at Raselbeyda.
Enclosure 10 to Serial No. (41).
Memo. No. 244 (2221j242|33), dated the 31st July 1933.
His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires at Jedda presents his compliments to His
Majesty’s Principal Secretary ot State for Foreign Affairs, and has the honour
to transmit to him the under-mentioned documents :—
*Io His Royal Highness, The Sa’udi Minister for Foreign Affairs, No. .114
of 31st July 1933 regarding violation of Sa’udi territory by R. A. F.
flying boat off Hasa Coast.
Copies sent to :—
Baghdad under No. 2222|242|33 of 31st July 1933.
Bushire under No. 2223|242|33 of 31st July 1933.
Enelosure-11 to Serial No. (41).
Letter from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Saudi Arab Government, to
H. M.’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, No. 3|1|32, dated the 29th July 1933. ’
The Honourable Charge d’Affaires,
With reference to your letter No. 107 (2162i242|24), dated 2nd Rabi-ath-
l^liani 1352 (July 25th), (Enclosure 3, ante), we noted that the flying boat of the
Ro> al Air P orce landed off the territorial waters of Sa’udi Arabia, and we regret
for this compulsory incident, hoping that no danger occurred to either the flying
boat or its men.
Enclosure 12 to Serial No. (41).
Letter from IT. M.’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Minister for Foreign
Affaires, Saudi Arab Government, No. Ill (22201242133), dated the 31st
July 1933.
rm \ onr Royal Hi g lmess ’ note No. 3|1|32 of the 6th Rabi-ath-
J lam (2Jth July) (Enclosure 11 ante) last, relative to the forced landing of the
flying boat of the Royal Air Force off the Hasa Coast at Ras-el-Bevda in the
vicinity of the Jinnah Islands, I have the honour to inform Your Roval Highness *
that I now learn that both the flying boat and the sloop H. M. S. “ Bideford ”
have safely left Ras-el-Beyda. I beg to thank Your Royal Highness for tho
expression of solicitude contained in your Note under reference.
{Received on 16th September 1936, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 35 , dated
31st August 1933.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 26th August 1933.
Letter from the Foreign Office, to the British Legation, Jedda, No. N.-6238I
30197, dated the 24th August 1933.
Our Legation Rt Kabul are anxious for information about a certain Russian
doctor luimed Michel hakhachwili who arrived at Kabul towards the end of
•From His Royal Highness The Sa’udi M. F. A., No. 3|1|32 of 29th July 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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