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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎49r] (97/434)

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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 in Foreign Office covering letter dated 29tli March 1934.
P. Z.-2191|1934.
{Received on 22nd April 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 14, dated the
5th April 1934.)
Letter from the Foreigist Office, to the French Ambassador, London, No.
C.-1816|1494|17, dated the 28th March 1934.
] have the honour to refer to Your Excellency’s note of 6th March regarding
the proposed flight of a French Air Force Squadron from Jibuti to Aden, and
to inform you that the competent authorities of His Majesty’s Government will
gladly afford ail facilities for the proposed flight to Aden via Perim, subject to
the usual conditions governing flights by foreign services aircraft over British
2 . Your note stated that the French Squadron proposed to fly over Sheikh
Said and in this connexion I have the honour to draw your attention to the fact
that Sheikh Said is not in British territory, but in that of the King of Yemen,
who is understood to be averse from the flight of foreign aircraft over Ids
Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter No. 37942j34, dated 28th March 1934.
Telegram from the Resident at Aden, to the Secretary of State for the
Colonies, No. 1770, dated the 22nd March 1934.
Reference my telegram T|17, dated 9th March [Enclosure 1 to Serial
No. (34)]. Imam has replied accepting my denial that aeroplanes came from
Aden and asking me if possible to discover their identity. I am informed by
the British Vice-Consul at Djibouti that a French civilian aeroplane flew from
there over Sanaa on 7th March and from statements in Paris [cf. enclosure 2
to Serial No. (34)] and London Press it appears probable that it conveyed a
French novelist named Malraux who was looking for Saba supposed to bo
biblical Sheba which was on the site of the modern town Mareb east of Sanaa.
I propose to inform the Imam.
Telegram from the Resident at Aden, to the Secretary of State for the
Colonies, No. T.-20, dated the 23rd AIarch 1934.
Your telegram 22nd March, No. 28. I have informed Imam and have also
told French Consular Agent at Aden who I understand is reporting to his Govern
ment. No further action required.
{Received on 28th April 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 15, dated the
12th April 1934.)
Letter from the Admiralty 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. , No. M.-0731|34, dated the 10th
April 1934.
I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit
for the information of the Secretary of State for India in Council, extracts from
a report of proceedings of the Senior Officer, Red Sea Sloops in H. M .8.
Hastings, covering the period 1st to 31st January, 1934.
Enclosure to Serial No. (44).
Extract from a report of proceedings of the Senior Officer, Red Sea Sloops in
H. M. S. Hastings for period 1st to 31st January 1934.
8 . Aden. —On arrival at Aden on 19th January, news was received that pro
bable date of embarkation of the Sana Mission would be 27th January, which
necessitated the proposed cruise to Socotra and Kishn being cancelled. Later
the date was further postponed to 3rd February and it was possible to carry out
a modified cruise as far as Mukalla.

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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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