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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎70v] (140/434)

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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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Minister for Foreign Affairs deplores the incident, lodges official pro
test and states that he awaits satisfaction and information as to measures
taken to avoid recurrence, text by bag in due course.
(End of “R”.)
I cannot identify Thaniya Tarif from maps here.
.Unrest at Jauf and Teima reported in Jerusalem R. A. F. Intelligence
Summary and now 1 strongly rumoured here although believed not to perturb
Ibn Saud unduly may have sharpened Saudi susceptibilities to any frontier
(Received on 3rd November 1934, with Political Secretary's letter No. 42*
•dated the 18th October 1934.)
Telegram from the Foreign Office to H. M.’s charge d’affaires*.
Jedda, No. 139, dated the 11th October 1934.
(Repeated to Transjordan)
Transjordan telegram No. 43 of 7th October [S. No. (89)] to the Colo
nial Office. Alleged violation of Saudi-Transjordan frontier by Transjor
dan aircraft and soldiers at Thaniya Tarif.
I agree generally with reply suggested by Acting High Commissioner
for Transjordan, subject to omission of any reference to Hadda Agreement
or map referred to therein, as this might give rise to complicated questions
of interpretation which it would be premature to raise at this stage.
Further information on this point will be sent to you in due course.
You should accordingly now reply to Saudi protest on following lines:
Ends of Cypher.
“R” begins.
Protest no doubt referes to presence on September 23rd at place named
of armoured car and two aircraft in course of patrol on regular Transjordan
frontier patrol cartrack. If so His Majesty’s Govenment must point out
that patrols of this nature along this track have been a matter of routine
for past three years and that cart-track on which place named is situated is
in Transjordan territory. Ends. r
(Received on 3rd November 1934, with Political Secretary's letter No. 42 t
dated the 18th October 1934.)
•Telegram from the Foreign Office to H. M.’s Charge’ d’affaires,
Jedda, No. 140, dated the 11th November 1934.
(Repeated to Transjordan, No. 60).,
My immediately preceding telegram [S. No. (91)].
Immediately before Saudi protest was received His Majesty’s Gov
ernment had decided to carry out in near future further survey of this
area (lasting 3 or 4 days and involving a few flights and short ground trips
to fix 3 or 4 key points) with a view to clearing up various obscurities on
points about which accurate information is essential before decision can be

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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.

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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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