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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎45v] (90/434)

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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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Enclosure to Serial No. (31).
Letter from H. M.’s Minister, Jedda to the High Commissioner for Egypt
N o# 393j61[10, dated the 13th February 1934-.
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your despatch No. 4 (177-3-34)
of January 25 [Enclosure to Serial No. (18) 1 last and to thank you for the infor
mation contained therein regarding the proceedings of Monsieur Wilniewczyc and
the HHinirms addressed to the Oriental Secretary by the First Secretary of the
Polish Legation in Cairo. The information supplied by Monsieur Benis agrees
generally with that given in my despatch to the Foreign Office No. 23 of January
29 [Serial No. (26) ] a copy of which T sent to 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. on the same date,
except that according to Mr. Philby the Saudi Government wished to order an even
larger quantity thaft in 1930.
2 . The position regarding the importation of arms and ammunition by the
Saudi Government is determined by letters (5) and (6) attached to the Treaty
of Jedda, as regards supplies by British manufacturers. So far as I am aware.
His Majesty’s Government have consistently held since that time no exception
could be taken to the importation of war material Ibn Sand from any source.
I would, however, draw your attention to what was said in Sir P. Cunliffe Lister’s
Secret despatch of November 20 to the Resident at Aden [Eastern (Arabia) print
Section 1 of November 20 last] regarding the possible effect of an outbreak
of war between the Imam Yahya and Ibn Sand.
3. I am sending a copy of this despatch to the Secretary of State, to whom
you have doubtless sent a copy of your despatch under reference.
{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.
Letter from the British Embassy, Bagdad to the Foreign Office No. E.-1417-
79[25, dated the 26th February 1934.
With reference to the telegraphic c orrespondence referred to in Foreign
Office telegram No. 33 (as repeated to Bagdad) of the 21st February, I have re
ceived to-day a letter from King Ibn Sa’ud, a translation of which I enclose.
This letter is in reply to an ordinary friendly letter of mine thanking His Majesty
for his signed photograph, which he was kind enough to send me.
In King Ibn Sa’ud’s letter I see no trace of a charge of unfriendly behaviour
on the part of Iraq towards him, rather the contrary, and as His Majesty has been
in the habit of writing to me with the greatest frankness, I do not think he would
have hesitated to voice a complaint if he was nursing a grievance at the time of
writing the letter, which, you will observe, is dated the 5th February.
Enclosure 1 to Serial No. (32).
Lutter from the Saudi Arab Government, to the British Embassay, Baghdad,
No. 36|1[2, dated the 20th Shawwal, 1352 (5th February 1934).
We have received Your Excellency’s esteemed letter, dated “ 9th Januajy,
1933 ” (sic) sent through our representative in Baghdad, and we thank Your
Excellency for the precious and noble sentiments you have expressed in con
nection with the simple present yon have received from us through Sir Andrew
It is a cause of pleasure for me, as it is for you, that our relations with
Iraq are progressing so friendly and amicably. At the same time we recall
that to Your Excellency goes the greatest credit for reaching this result, which
has yielded happy and useful fruit for the two countries and has given pleasure
to all Arabs and also to all friends of the Arabs.
It is a source of comfort to us to have, in Your Excellency’s person, such
a friend in that good Arab country with whom we may constantly exchange sen
timents of friendship and love.
We reiterate our thanks for the good wishes and kind hopes you have
expressed in regard to certain difficulties confronting as in the South, and hope
that, God willing, these difficulties will end peacefully. We also thank you for
your kind congratulations to us on the occasion of Id A1 Fitr.

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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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