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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎58r] (115/434)

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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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(Received on 16th June, 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 22, dated the
31st May 1934.)
Enclosure in Colonial Office, covering letter, dated 28th May, 1934.
{Letter from the Boy Scouts Association, London, to the Colonial Office,
No. 14037, dated the 9th May, 1934.
Would you be good enough to let us know the political position in Aden. At
the moment the Scout Movement there is under our Bombay officials, but the Aden
Association is anxious to come directly under Imperial Headquarters here, and
put forward their request on the grounds that Aden is now politically and
administratively free from India.
Enclosure to Serial No. (64).
Letter from the Colonial Office to the Boy Scouts Association, London,
No. 37912|34, dated the 19th May, 1934.
I am directed by Secretary Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister to acknowledge the
receipt of your letter No. 14037 of the 9th of May, and to inform you that no
change in the political position at Aden has taken place, and that the administra
tion of the Aden Settlement is still under the Government of India. I am to add
that the question of the future control of Aden will be considered in conjunction
with the impending constitutional changes in India, but that the Secretary of State
regrets that he is not in a position to give any further information at present on
the point.
(65)
(Received on 30th June, 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 24, dated the
14th June, 1934.)
Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter No. 197042 32-A|cs., dated the
7th June, 1934.
Letter from the Resident, Aden, to the Colonial Office, No. 130, dated the
22nd May, 1934.
With reference to the letter No. 197Gjl2|32-A|cs., dated 11th April, 1934
from the Accounting Officer, Colonial Office, I have the honour to state that the
old Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Fngidaire has been sold for Rs. 50 and this amount has been
credited to the Colonial Office account for the month of May, 1934.
2 . I regret that it has been impossible to obtain a better price for it.
( 66 )
(Received on 28tli June, 1934, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 23, dated the
7th June, 1934.)
Letter from the Department of Overseas Trade, to the Foreign Office,
No. 0.-39, dated the 23rd May, 1934.
Very many thanks for your letter of May 22nd about Mr. R. S. TwftchelPs
activities in prospecting for gold in Arabia. I recollect quite distinctly the earlier
secret information regarding the matter.
2 . Apart from this, the only information which I have about Twitchell’s pre
sent activities here is that I believe he is addressing a small meeting of the
Central Asian Society, to be held in their offices in Grrosvenor Street, but as I have
lost the ticl^t, I fear that I cannot state on what date this meeting is to take place.
Probably, however, some member of your Department belongs to the Central
Asian Society and either attended the meeting, or will know when it is to take
jdace.
3. I had gathered, from a conversation with McFarlane of Gellatly Hankey
and Company Limited that their object in taking a share in this project was less
in the hope of obtaining any substantial return than from a sense of the need of
watching what Philby and Twitched we Co up to Philby's previous escapade in
regard to gold in the Assyrian Desert turned out, as you will remember, to be a>
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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)
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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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