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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎71r] (141/434)

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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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reached as to line to be taken with Saudi Government on whole question
of Transjordan frontier. Arrangements have been made, subject to con
currence of acting High Commissioner, for survey to start at end of this
month and it is most important that it should not be unnecessarily delayed.
I am most reluctant to make any communication to Saudi Government
regarding this survey, since it is not intended that aircraft should in any
circumstances fly over indisputably Saudi territory and communication
might only give impression that His Majesty’s Government were doubtful
of the strength of their case in maintaining that car-track and adjacent
areas are definitely within Transjordan.
Hitherto it has been assumed that this survey could be carried out
without risk of difficulty from Saudis since adjoining areas of Saudi terri
tory have been believed not to be under effective Saudi administrative
Present Saudi protest has, however, somewhat modified the situation,;
and if you consider that survey in these conditions is likely to lead to
danger of serious incident and that this danger might be reduced by some
communication to Saudi Government, please telegraph immediately in order
that matter may be further considered.
(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. 186, dated the 14th October 1934.
(Repeated to Transjordan, No. 165.)
Your telegram No. 140, [S. No. (92)].
R. A. F. intelligence summary from Jerusalem for August paragraph
261 (see also my despatch No. 294 September 25th) reports creation of new
Saudi frontier posts and increases in garrison of some of the existing ones.
It occurs to me also that presence in this area of tribes migrating into
Saudi Arabia might give unwelcome publicity to movement of a survey
party but I am unaware whether such migration will still be proceeding at
the end of October.
If key points are not wide of track and if survey which I note is to
be brief be conducted discreetly there may be little to differentiate it from
activities of routine patrol (which I assume will not be discontinued on
account of present protest). If key points are well east of track obviously
much greater discretion must be exercised.
In view of the foregoing and inadequate information on material
points I find it difficult to size up possibility of serious incident though
personally doubt whether anything more serious than a further protest may
be expected and to reduce risk of that is not in my opinion worth commu
nicating with Saudi Government.
Generally I am strongly averse to any such communication. I suggest
ag to danger of serious incident Transjordan may be in a better position to
advise. , ...

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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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