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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎22v] (44/434)

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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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last June and is employed as a surgeon at the Soviet Embassy there. This man
states that Jie previously served for some time at Jedda, where he was well
acquainted with Mr. Philby, and Sir Richard Maconachie would like to know if
he ever came to your notice on account of any political activities there.
Memo. No. 101 (2733|2230[9), dated the 19th September 1933.
His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires at Jodda presents his compliments to His
Excellency the Viceroy of India (F. & P.) and has the honour to transmit to him
the under-mentioned documents :—
Extract from the Mecca “ Umm-al-Qura ”, No. 457 of 15th September
1933 regarding visit of Amir of Qatar to Ibn Sa’ud.
Copies sent to :—
F. 0. under No. 296 (2732|2230|9) of 19th September 1933.
Bushire under No. 2734|2230|9 of 19th September 1933.
Enclosure to Serial No. (43).
Extract irom the Mecca “ Umm-al-Qura ” No. 457 of 15th September 1933.
Wireless Message sent from Riyadh specially to “ Umm-al-Qura ” newspaper on
24th Jwndd-al-Ulo, {September 14th) regarding the visit of II. II. the Amir
of Qatar to Riyadh.
H. H. the Amir ’Abdullah ibn Qiisem ibn Thani, the Amir of Qatar came to
Riyadh in order to visit H. M. the King and to congratulate H. R. H. the Amir
Sa’ud on the occasion of the announcement of his succession to the throne.
H. H. the Amir of Qatar and his family have entirely friendly relations
with H. M. the King and al Sa’ud, and was given a splendid reception at al Alisa
and Riyadh. He came from Qatar to al Alisa by camel and from al Ahsa to
Riyadh by motor car. He arrived at Riyadh, accompanied by his sons and some
of his brothers his suite and his servants, on Monday morning (September 11th)
and was received by H. M. the King at the door of H. M.’s palace. H. H. and
his party took lunch and dinner with H. M. the King and on the second day were
entertained by H. H. Amir Muhammad, brother of H. M. the King ; on the third
day by H. R. H. Amir Muhammad, son of His Ma jesty and on Friday by H. R. II.
Amir Khalid, son of H. M.
H. H. the Amir of Qatar will leave Riyadh tomorrow Friday night and will
be seen off by II. M. the King who will go in company with II. H. as far as the
wells near ad-Dahna.
{Received on 1st October 1933, with Political Secretary's letter No. 39, dated
28th September 1933.)
Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter, No. 18113|33, dated 20th September
Note by Capt. J. B. Glubb on a conyersiation in which he took part on leaving
Amman ; the note is self-explanatory.
Note by Captain Glubb on a conversation with the Amir Shakir.
On 24th August, just as I was about to start for England on leave, I received
a message from the Amir Shakir, stating that he wished to visit me to say good
bye. He arrived a few minutes later. He began at once by saying that he was
personally in little anxiety at the presence of Ibn Saud in the Hejaz. Ibn Saud
was a bedouin, ruling unstable bedouins, and he (Shakir) was really not greatly
perturbed whether Ibn Saud remained ten years or twenty years in the Hejaz,
because he was perfectly certain that the Saudis could not rule the Hejaz per
manently. Their fall was simply a matter of time, and then the Sherifsi would
return. The Shcrifs had very deep rooted loyalties and associations in the

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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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