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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎45r] (89/434)

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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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ihat two aeroplanes Lave flown over his territory^ and to say that they have
no information which might throw light on this matter other than the extract
from the “Times” of March 10th. It is confirmed that no British service or
civil aircraft could have been concerned.
A eopv of this letter has beep sent to the 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. and to the Foreign
Enclosure to Serial A'o. (29).
Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter, dated 20th March 1934.
20th March 1934.
With reference to oar official letter of the 12th of March numbered as above
about the flight of aeroplanes over Yemen territory, we have now heard from
Colonel Beilly that the British Vice-Consul at Jibuti has informed him that
the flight over Sanaa on 7th March reported in the Besident’s telegram of the
9th March was made by French aeroplanes from Jibuti,
We therefore propose to telegraph to the Resident as follows “ Your
telegram of 9th March No. T. 17 and your telegram of 17th March No. 78 last
sentence. It is presumed that you have informed Iman accordingly and that
no further action on our part is required ”.
Do you concur ? If so, perhaps you will let me know by phone. We are
not sending you a copy of the Besident’s telegram of 17th March with this,
since it deals also with another matter.
1 am sending similar letter to Johnstone and a copy to Laithwaite.
(Received on 31st March 1.934, icith Political Secretary's letter No. It, dated
15th March 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter dated 13th March 1934.
Telegram prom His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda to the Foreign Office No. 11-
Addressed to Bushire No. 3-Saving.
Jedda report for December paragraph 280 (File No. 139-N.|32).
Fuad informed me confidentially at the end of December that there was a pros
pect of French assistance to Ihn Sand in regard to money, arms and Mission
to help with Military organisation and Air service. I have heard nothing
further hut a rather unsubstantial rumour has just readied me of recent land
ing of French arms at TJqair. Is there any truth in this ?
Bepcated to Foreign Office No. 11-Saving.
(Received on 7th April 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 12, dated
22nd March 1934.
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter dated 20th March 1934.
Memorandum No. 40 ( 394|61110), dated the 13th Fdbrttary 1934.
His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda presents his compliments to His Majesty’s
Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and has the honour to trans
mit to him the under-mentioned documents.
Reference to previous correspondence.
Jedda despatch No. 23 (226|61]6) of 29|1|34 [Serial No. (26) ].
Description of Enclosure ’.—
To the Acting High Commissioner, Cairo, No. 393|61|]0 of 13th February
1934, regarding visit of M. Wilniewczyc to Jedda and Polish pro
position to Ibn Saud regarding anus and ammunition.

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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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