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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎66v] (132/434)

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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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by the interests represented in that concern. I think that he regards the
Arabian Development Syndicate, in which Mr. Ydlibi and the Eastern and
timoral c.i-'-ile l jmited are interested, as potential rivalv but cf this I
am m)L sme.
5. I gather that Mr. Twitchell’s immediate objective is to treat with
the Saudi Government for prospecting rights in any areas likely to pro
duce gold, in the hope of eventually obtaining concessions to be worked by
subsidiary companies.
6. It may be worth adding that Mr. Twitchell has acquired some in
terest in certain gold mining propositions in the Sudan. In this area he
is associated with Messrs. Foley, Bishop and Clark, who appear to have
formed or to be forming a company to handle three propositions at places
called (?) Wadi Aw, (?) Makraf and a third of the name of which I am
even less certain. They are not interested in the proposition at Gebeit,
which is being handled by another British subject independently.
7. I am sending a copy of this despatch to the Principal Secretary of
State for Foreign Affairs, Department of Overseas Trade.
Enclo. 1 to Serial No. (78).
Letter from the Department of Overseas Trade, London, to the
Foreign Office, No. E. 5111/2792/25, dated the 4th August 1934.
Many thanks for your letter E.-4624/2792/25 of August 3rd about Mr.
Twitchell’s company for gold mining in Saudi Arabia.
2. Upon receipt of Ryan’s despatch No. 204 [Serial No. (78)], we had
already asked for a status report which has now been received and of which
I enclose a copy.
3. J do not know personally anything about any of the shareholders.
Gellatly Hankey told me that they did not expect much to come of this and
merely took up their share in order to be informed regarding what was going
on. As you know, there is considerable activity in speculative gold mining
shares at present owing to the price of gold. The big and first-class gold
mining companies frequently take a share in these speculative companies^
but usually are at pains to keep their own name out of the business.
Enclo. 2 to S. No. (78).
Letter from the Department of Overseas Trade, London, to Mr.
Clough, Taylor, No. A. T. R.-24292/34/S./32, dated the 1st August
In reply to your letter of the 27th July in which you ask for a report
on the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndicate Limited, I have now made enquir
ies and secured the following information :—
It is a private company which was registered on the 16th May, 1934
“to acquire any concessions, leases or rights for any mining objects or pur
pose”. The nominal capital is £20,000 in £1 shares, of which £10,000
has been issued for cash and of the issued capital, £1 has been paid on each
of 1,252 shares and 4 on each of 8,748 shares.
The directors are:— I
Louis Hardy (British), Director of Anglo-Oriental and General In
vestment Trust Ltd. ,
Hugh Robert Edwards (American).
E. D. McDermott (British), Director of Consolidated Mines Selection
Co., Ltd. , ;

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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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