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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎43r] (85/434)

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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 10th March 1934 with Political Secretary’s letter No. 8, dated the
22nd February 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter dated 19th February 1934.
Letter from H. M/s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 16 (172|124|3),
' dated the 23rd January 1934.
With reference to mjr telegram No. 2, saving of January 11 [Serial No.
(8)], I have the honour to state that on January 22, Mr. Philby related to me in
eonfidence a conversation he had recently had with Abdul-HamitL
Bey Shedid about his new proposals for the creation of a State
Bank in this country. Shedid stated that he was now representing J. S. Bartho
lomew and Company, a firm with an address in (?) Berkeley Square, who had
formed a company under the name of the Hejaz Development Company, with a
small capital of which £15,000 was paid up. The registration of this company
was so recent that Shedid had only heard by telegraph after his arrival here on
January 9 that the formalities had actually been completed. He gave the names
of certain directors, but as Mr. Philby was not sure of these and as we could not
identify two knightly names, which he thought he remembered, I refrain from
reproducing them. Indeed I would ask you to regard all the details in this
despatch as being open to doubt, as I write from memory of what Mr. Philby
told me from his own memory of a conversation.
2 The promoters hoped, according to Shedid, to interest considerable per-
sonsln London, like Viscount Goschen (Westminster Bank), Lord Glenconner,
Sir E Mountain (presumably the insurance magnate) and a Mr. Brown of
Andrew Weir and Company. He did not, however, represent their support as
3 The scheme propounded by Shedid was to create a Bank on the same lines
as those projected, when he was'acting or professing to act for the e^-Khedive
ast vear, with the exception that the loan of £200,000 gold was to be paid in two
parts i e., £50,000 when the concession was granted and the balance at some later
date ’ The group sought in return various concessions including the construc
tion of a port at Jedda, the reconditioning of the railway to Medina, road-build
ing and any other industrial objects which might be available, e.g., gold-mining.
4 Mr Philby is one of those who were deceived by Shedid last year and
were disappointed of the hopes to which he gave rise. His present attitude,
therefore, is one of interest combined with much scepticism. He said he had
told Shedid that he could not wonder, if on this occasion he found the Sa’udi
Government anxious to be assured of his credentials before they entertained
hia proposals, though the proposals seemed in themselves attractive enough. He
returned a guarded answer when Shedid asked whether he, Mr. Philby, himself
believed in him.
5. I am sending copies of this despatch to the Department of Overseas Trade
and to the Acting High Commissioner at Cairo.
(Received on 17th March 1934 with Political Secretary’s letter No. 9, dated the
1st March 1934.)
/ Enclosure in Foreign Office, covering letter dated 22nd February 1934.
Memorandum No. 58 (169|1|34), dated the 9th February 1934.
His Majestv’s Minister at The Hague presents his compliments to the Sec-
retarv of State'for Foreign Affairs and, with reference to the Hague despatch
No 423 of December 18, 1933, has the honour to report that the acts of ratifica
tion of the Treaty of Friendship between the Netherlands and Yemen, of March
12th, 1933, were exchanged at San’a on the 4th February 1934.
2. In accordance with article 5 the treaty entered into force for the Kingdom
of the Netherlands in Europe immediately after the exchange of the acts of

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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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