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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎44r] (87/434)

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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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among the Ajman and Mutair. As for Ihn Hnmaid, Fuad Bey told me spon
taneously that appeals had been made to the King on his behalf but had net
been successful. He added that Ibn Humaid was not really bad-hearted but
rather a simple soul. I recalled the time when he had been so good a servant
that he had been one of the conquerors of Mecca.
b. I am sending a copy of this despatch to the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the
Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
Enclosure to Serial No. (25).
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter dated 22nd February 1934.
Letter prom the Foreign Office to H. M/s Minister, Jedda, No. 68, dated
the 21st February 1934.
1 have considered your despatch No. 20 (1891106(3), of the 25th January
[Serial No. (25)], regarding the alleged murder by the Saudi authp'rities of
the captive Sheikhs Ibn Hithlain and Ibn Lami.
2. In view of the considerations advanced in paragraph 4 of your despatch,
1 approve your proposal that you should make no further representations to
the Saudi Government in the matter at the present stage.
(Received on 27th March 1934 with Political Secretary^ letter No. 9, dated the
1st March 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office Covering letter dated 27th February 1934.
Letter from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 23
(226 61|6), dated the 29th January 1934.
I received on January 28, a despatch from His Majesty’s Commissioner in
Egypt, No. J of January 13, in which he was good enough to pass on to me certain
information irom the Polish Legation in Cairo regarding the visit of a certain
Monsieur M ilniewczyc to Jedda. A copy of this despatch has been sent to you
direct and you may perhaps be interested to recerbe such further particulars as
I can give.
2 . Monsieur M ilniewczyc in fact arrived in Jedda on or about January 8, and,
although he did not call on me, I met him the next evening at a dinner given bv
Mr. Philby, whose guest he was, in honour of the Amir Feysal. He left a week
or ten days later, having in the meatime conferred with the Minister of Finance.
3. You are aware of the circumstances connected with the arms and ammuni
tion imported by Ibn Sa’ud from Poland in the ss.“ Cracow ” in 1930. Half the
bill was paid at the time but half remained outstanding. The figures given then
and now do not quite tally but Mr. Philby confirms Sir M. Lampson’s informa
tion that the balance due is £30,000, meaning, I think, £30,000 gold. I gather
that the suppliers were a consortium of Polish arms factories, in which the
Polish Government are interested. They have tried more than once to get paid,
always without success.
4. According to Mr. Philby, the Sa’udi Government are now desirous of
obtaining a very large quantity of arms and ammunition from the same group.
He told me a few days ago in one of our usual confidential conversations that
M. AVilniewczyc had taken away with him for submission to his principals a pro
posal that, in consideration of receiving £7,000 or £8,000 as a payment on account
of the old debt, the Poles should supply further aims, etc., to the value of
£100,000. The aggregate of this new debt and the balance of the old would then
be paid off in instalments by means of irrevocable drafts on customs. I gather
from earlier conversations with Mr. Philby that there may also be a question of
reorganising the Government workshop at Mecca but he has not recentlv men
tioned this. I also gather that Sharqieh Limited would come into the business
in some way, presumably as agents.
5. I cannot be certain whether the above second or third hand account of
what is proposed is accurate. Personally I think that the Poles would be fools
to embark on so risky a transaction but much would depend on the nature of the
drafts on customs. If they took the shape of orders to pay periodical sums out of
current revenue, the business, though still risky, might be worth considering.
If, however, they took the more usual form of drafts to be accepted in payment
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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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