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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎32r] (63/434)

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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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3. According to my information Herr Borchardt is offering to the Govern
ment of Sa’udi Arabia a light automatic weapon called the Schmeisser machine
pistol, of which, it is claimed, 400,000 have already been supplied to the German
army. Sample weapons are offered at 1,085 French francs, while for orders of
5,000 and upwards a price of 935 francs per weapon is quoted.
4. I understand that Herr Borchardt left Bagdad for Tehran early in
December, leaving further negotiations in the hands of the German Minister
5. I am sending a copy of this despatch to the Department of Overseas
Trade and to His Majesty’s Minister at Tehran.
( 3 )
{Received on 20th January 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 1, dated
4th January 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 1st January 1934.
Telegram from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 227,
My telegram No. 216.
French representative returned on December 21st. On December 27th he
gave me to understand that object of his journey was to gratify his passion for
travel. Next day Fuad told me in strict confidence which I promised to respect
that although various popular rumours which I had heard were false Maigret
had been asked to Riyadh to explain French attitude regarding matters raised
by Saudi mission in Paris last year. These were facilities for obtaining war
material and a loan as well as a mission to help with military organisation and
air force. Fuad was vague as to stage which had been reached but implied that
French were ready to oblige. He spoke of loan to be made by financiers and
of a mission having civilian status but to be chosen under the auspices of the
French Government.
Despatch follows.
( 4 )
{Received on 28th January 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 2, dated
11th January 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 8th January 1934.
Letter p^rom His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 338,
1 have the honour to report that Talaat Harb Pasha, who is described in
No. 45 of the List of Leading Personalities in Egypt, enclosed in Cairo despatch
No. 68 of the 9th January, as a Senator and chairman of directors of the Banque
Misr, is understood locally to be flying from Suez to Jedda, with stops at Wejh
mid Yanbu, on or about the 2nd December, in a De Havilland Dragon aeroplane
belonging to Messrs. Misr-Airwork ; a ground engineer sent by the latter to
prepare the ground for landing arrived by steamer on the 19th November, and
the agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. work for it has been entrusted to Messrs. Gellatly, Hankey and Co.
(Sudan) (Limited), Jedda.
2. Talaat Pasha’s objects in this visit, which is not expected to exceed four
days, are said to be threefold, viz., {a) to fix up local representation for the two
pilgrim ships, which, I understand, have recently been purchased by the Egyptian
Government for the conveyance of Egyptian pilgrims to and from the Hejaz ;
{h) to organise the sale of Egyptian products in this country, in particular, the
cotton goods which are said to be produced nowadays by a subsidiary company
of the Banque Misr ; and (c) to explore the possibility of the Banque Misr
opening a branch in Jedtla to assume the functions of a State bank for the Hejaz,
in view of the apparent demise of the ex-Khedive’s project (see the correspond
ence ending with your confidential despatch No. 266 of the 5th October).
3. To these objects may, perhaps, be added a fourth, namely, that of demon
strating one of Misr-Airwork’s aeroplanes to Ibn Saud. You will recall that
this company last year proposed to send an Avro to Jedda for this purpose (see
the correspondence ending with the Acting High Commissioner for Egypt’s
Saving-rum to you, No. 91 of the 19th August, 1932), but did not proceed with 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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