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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎62r] (123/434)

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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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that neither he nor the Imam has any strong claim to Najran, as against the
local tribes. As regards Hndeyda, I find myself supported by no less an authority
than Ibn Sand himself, who, in the conversation reported in Sir G. Clayton’s
despatch of the 16th July, 1928, to the Colonial Office, said : “ That he would
leave the Imam in possession of Hudeyda, to which he recognised the Imam’s
clear right.”.
11. I am sending copies of this despatch and the English enclosures to
His Majesty’s Ambassador at Rome and the Chief Commissioner at Aden.
Enclosure 1 in No. 1.
Contents of the Saudi Green Book on the Saudi—Yemen Conflict. Published on
April 29, 1934.
Introduction. —Added just before publication, explaining the final reasons
for publishing the book.
Chapter I. Short general introduction.
Chapter II. First Saudi Mission to Sana. —Arrived 3 Dhul Hijja, 1345.
Left about 30th July, 1927. Documents 1 and 2.
Chapter III. Second Saudi Mission to Sana. —Sittings lasted from
20 Jumada ath-Thani, 1346, to 21- Rajah, 1346, when the Imam received the
mission and announced his intention of sending back with them a Yemeni mission
to Ibn Sand. Documents 3 to 6 include extracts from proces-verbaux and the
Imam’s letter to the King of 2 Shaban, 1346.
Chapter IV. Visit of Yemeni Mission to Mecca. —Arrived during Rama-
dhan 1346 (began on the 22nd February, 1928), and stayed apparently until some
time in June 1928. Documents 7 to 10.
Chapter V. The Arwa Incidents. —Documents 11 to 20 relate to the period
from September 1931 up to the end of the negotiations following the incident in
December 1931, the “ ratification ’’ of the treaty then concluded and the proposed
despatch of a further Saudi mission.
Chapter VI. Yemeni Violations of the Treaty. —Documents 20 to 22.
Chapter VII. Endeavours to bring about the Conclusion of a Defensive
Treaty. —Documents 23 and 24, being Ibn Sand’s letter of 8 Jumada-ath-Thani,
1351, and the Imam’s reply of 7 Ramadhan, 1351, sent by the hand of Ibn Dhawi,
a secretary of the King’s.
Chapter VIII. Latest Saudi Mission to Sana. —Documents 25 to 44 cover
the despatch and proceedings of the mission sent in 1933.
Chapter IX. Negotiations following on the Return of the Mission from
Sana. —Documents 45 to 50.
Chapter X.— The End of the Negotiations. —Documents 51 to 71.
Chapter XI. Breaches by the Imam of his Undertakings regarding the
Frontiers. —Documents 72 to 121.
Chapter XII. Negotiations between the Saudi and Yemeni Delegates at
A bha. —Documents 122 to 127 describe the negotiations from 2 Dhul Qada
1352, to 18 Dhul Qada, 1352.
Chapter XIII. Telegrams exchanged during and after the Abha Negotia
tions. Documents 128 to 151 are all direct telegrams which passed between the
Imam and the King from 19 Dhul Qada, 1352, to 24 Dhul Hijja, 1352.
Chapter XIV. Question of the Territories of Yam and Najran. —Documents
152 to 166.
Geographical and Historical Appendix. —This is a most disappointing effort
at a summary in five pages of various geographical and historical considerations
going back to the time of the Prophet.
Enclosure 2 in No. 1.
Treaty between His Majesty the King and the Idrisi, signed August 31, 1920
(Translation). ' ’
IN the name of God the Most Merciful, the Compassionate
peace may be upon the Prophet of God.
Prayers and

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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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