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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎46r] (91/434)

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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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Finally, we hope that correspondence will be maintained between ns and
yourself, and wish you success, prosperity, and contentment.
Enclosure 2 to Serial No. (32).
Telegram from the British Embassy, Iraq, to His Majesty’s Minister, Jeooa,
No. 4-Saving, dated the 2nd March 1934. (Repeated to Foreign Office.)
Your telegram No. 24 of 1st March.
My observations are contained in letter to Sir E. Oliphant, dated bebruaiy
26th [Serial No. (32)], which is being sent you by next bag. They are to the
effect that in a recent letter received from Ibn Saud through Saudi Legation
here His Majesty mentions with satisfaction that his relations with Iraq are
progressing amicably. I doubt if he would have written in this way !iad (! he,
omtd.) had serious complaint to make against King Ghazi or Ali. 1 see no
sign that former is intriguing against Hejaz Government while the latter is
exclusively occupied at present with his ambition for the throne of Syria.
(Received on 7th April 1934, ivith Political Secretary’s letter, No. 12, dated 22ud
March 1934.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office Covering Letter, dated 20th March 1934.
Letter from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to tHe Foreign Office, No. 56
(540! 124115), dated the 27th January 1934.
I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your very confidential
Despatch No. 54 (E. 847j72|25) of February 8 relative to the persons concerned
in the most recent scheme for creating a State Bank in this country. I had
already received your telegram No. 22 of February 22 [Serial No. (27) ].
2 . I have not so far taken any action on either of these papers, as I. prefer
not to seek a special interview with the Minister of Finance. I consider that,
if the Saudi Government are walling to be warned, what I told the Minister on
Februarv 11 should convince them of the need for the utmost caution. Ihey
have also prohablv been warned by Mr. Philby, who tells me that he has had
very unfavourable reports from London on the parties concerned m the Hejaz
Development Corporation Ltd.
3. Should I have an opportunity of speaking again to the Minister of
Finance, I will carry out the instructions in your telegram No. 22 ot February
22 but will use great caution in regard to the detailed information given >y the
Deuartment of Overseas Trade. I am somewhat disquieted, however, to learn
that the Department has doubts as to the confidence which would be inspired in
financial circles bv the persons named m the second sentence of my telegram
No 13 of Januarv 25. I fear that I myself regarded those persons as being of
miquestionaWo standing in the business world and that in my conversations with
Sheykh ’Abdullah Suleyman, I urged the importance ot making sure that the
Corporation had really got their backing rather than the importance of invest,i-
gating their titles to confidence.
4 Mr Pbilby mentioned one point of interest which I gather he had learnt
in Saudi circles ' . This was that Sheykh Hafiz Wahba had been in touch with
a Mr. Beckett, who is, I understand, the Chairman of the Westminster Bank.
5. ’Abdul Hamid Bey Shedid left Jedda on February 21. I do not know
what progress he had made with his negotiations.
(Received on ?th April 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter 12, dated 22nd
March 1934.)
Enclosure in Colonial Office, Covering Letter, dated 14th March lfi34.
Letter from the Colontai, Office, to the Fobbioh Omon awd the Are Ministry,
No. 37942134, dated the 14th March 1934.
„ S ecretary Sir John Simon
I am directed to transmit to you to be laid betore ^ he ^ Council

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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.

Extent and format
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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