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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎37r] (73/434)

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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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(Received on 8th March 1934, ivith Political Secretary’s letter No. 7, dated 15th
February 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letteE dated 15th February 1934.
Memorandum No. 77 (177|3|34), dated the 26th January 1934.
nr ■ T { le , A ® ti ! 1 S High Commissioner for Egypt presents his compliments to His
Majesty s i nncipal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the honour
to transmit herewith copies of the under-mentioned paper.
To His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda, despatch No. 4 of 25th January
1934, regarding supply of arms and ammunition to Heiaz Govern
ment by Polish Group.
Enclosure to Serial No. (18).
Letter from the High Commissioner for Egypt, to His Majesty’s Minister
Jedda, No. 4 (l77|3j34), dated the 25th January 1934.
1 humour, with reference to Sir Miles Lampson’s despatch No. 3
Llth instant, and to paragraph 16 of Sir John Simon’s despatch No 196
C onfidential’ to you of July 27th last, to inform you that the First Secretary of
the iohsh Legation called on the Oriental Secretary yesterday and confidentially
in termed him that, according to a communication which he had received from
Monsieur Wilniewczyc, it had been found impossible to obtain payment from the
Hejaz Government of the £30,000 due to the Polish group in respect of arms and
ammunition supplied in 1930. However, the Hejaz Government had made a
proposal by which a part or total payment of the £30,000 would be made pro
vided the Polish group in question would supply the Hejaz Government with
luither arms and ammunition, smaller in quantity than the previous order.
2. Monsieur Ben is enquired whether we would have any objection to the
conclusion of an agreement on the above lines. He was reminded that the Resi
dency was not responsible for Hejaz affairs which were within your competence.
He said that he understood that this was the case, but that,'as there was no
. * °hsh repiosentative at Jedda and as he had to make some sort of report to his
Government, he was anxious to ascertain, if possible, our views beforehand.
Phe Oriental Secretary thanked him for his courtesy and, while reaffirming that
* Hejaz matters were not within the competence of 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. , expressed the
private opinion that the proposed transaction was a business one on which we
were not called to express an opinion.
3. To-day Monsieur Benis rang up the Oriental Secretary and informed
that Monsieur Wilniewczyc had just arrived from Jedda and was verv pessimist
ic at the possibility of getting anything at all out of the Hejrz Government.
He was, however, submitting to his principals the proposals made by the Hejaz
Government on the lines indicated in paragraph 1 above. He seemed to think,
however, that there was not much chance of the deal being concluded.
{Received on 3rd March 1934, ici+h Political Secretary’s letter No. 7, dated 15th
February 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering le^er No. E.-847]72125, dated 8th February
Telegram from the Foreign Office, to His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, No. 15,
dated the 7th February 1934.
Your telegram No. 18 (of the 3rd February : Hejaz Development Corpora
\ on may inform Saudi Government in confidence and preferably orally that
corporation of name mentioned is apparently projected, but not vet registered.
From information available it seems very doubtful whether it is likely to prove
a really substantial concern.
2. Fnformation is not yet available regarding the alleged support of West-
Minister Bank.

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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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