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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎29r] (57/434)

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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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reinforcement of the Tmanic troops at Sheikh Said, where a post of one Sergeant
and six soldiers has been established for some time past.
4. In apparent contradiction to his written statement (enclosure to mv
No. Ill5j6 of 25th September), the ’Aqil now states that Sheikh Ahmed A1 Ambari
of Sheikh Said is friendly disposed towards him, and by agreeing to act as
surety for the payment of taxes by the ’Aqil, has obtained the release from
Mocha of the latter’s first cousin. This relative was presumably one of ^the
twelve Subnisis referred to in Aden Political Intelligence Summary Ao. 344,
paragraph 2479 (F. No. 2G-N.|33), as he was stated to have been initially in
Am Nabia.
5. In accordance with your message timed 1310|27|9 I instructed the ’Aqil
that he was to refuse payment of taxes, and was not to comply with any orders
to proceed to Mocha. Should a tax demand be accompanied by a display of
force 1 instructed him to repeat his previous protestations of complete penury.
I further informed him that the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. have the matter fully in hand,
and will afford him all the support of which he may stand in need, adding that
the Officer Commanding at T. A’id has been warned to withdraw and maintain
his troops and tribesman within the recognised limits of the Yemen.
6. I feel confident that the ’Aqil’s peace of mind has to a large extent been
restored, while the visit of H. M. Ship to his settlement cannot fail to reach the
ears of the neighbouring Imanic authorities, with, it is hoped, beneficial results.
Nonetheless there are two points which still becloud his outlook—
(a) The paucity of his ammunition reserves, which amount to but twenty
rounds among the ten rifles in his possession.
(b) The restrictions on his actions imposed by the guarantee assumed on
his behalf by the Sheikh of Sheikh Said. The cancellation of this
surety would without doubt greatly strengthen his hand in resisting
the imposition of taxes.
(Received on 25th November 1933, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 45, dated
9th November 1933.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter dated 7th November 1933.
Telegram from His Majesty’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the London Foreign
Office, No. 182, dated the 27th October 1933.
Jedda despatch No. 394, September 20th, 1932.
I saw Minister of Finance this afternoon at his request when he gave me a
verbal message from Ibn Saud through Amir Feisal to the effect that Maigret
who returns from leave to-morrow recently met Fuad in Syria and requested
permission to pay a personal visit to Nejd upon his return to Jedda. Fuad has
now secured Ibn Sand’s consent and Maigret will proceed I understand imme
diately thence here. Fuad will await him in Riyadh and will return with him
to Hejaz. Minister of Finance emphasized that visit was purely private and
would be short and gave as reason that Maigret merely wished to see the country.
He would meet the"King either in Riyadh or in the neighbourhood. Abdullah
Sulaiman added that should anything pass during visit other than private
nature Fuad would inform me of it at our next meeting.
I am at a loss to understand true (grp. undec.) of this strange departure
from what has always been assumed would be the King’s attitude towards
foreign representatives who desired to visit Nejd. It is difficult to accept pro
testations as to private nature of visit at their face value and it is more than
likely that other interpretations will be placed on the visit when the news
becomes public property.
Apart from its significance -as a meeting between the King and French
representative at Riyadh and its possible fillip to French prestige it forms a
precedent of which other foreign representatives including Soviet Minister
might avail themselves. i

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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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