'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [71v] (142/434)
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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Memorandum No. 1030-S of 1934, dated the 2nd November 1934.,
The Hon’ble the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. presents his
1. The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India,
2. His Majesty’s Charge d’Affaires, Jedda,
and has the honour to transmit to him a copy of the undermentioned
Demi-official letter No. 1029-S., of 7th November 1934 to J. G. Laith-
waite, Esquire, The 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. , London, with enclosuie.
regarding Ibn Saud and Yeman Campaign.
Enel. 1 to S. No. (94).
Demi-official letter from T. C- Fowle, Esq., C.B.E., Political Resi
dent, Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , to J. G. Laithwaite, Esq., 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. , No.
1029-S. /34, DATED THE 7tH NOVEMBER 1934.
When I was at home on leave recently I expressed jthe view m casual
conversation to the 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. , and I think also to the Foreign Office, that
in spile of Ibn Baud’s ostensible victory in the Yemen war, his—Ibn baud s—
stock had probably gone down amongst the Arabs of the Persian Gult.
(The reasons I gave were that when Ibn Saud made his victorious invasion
of Yemen territory as far,down as, and including, Hodeidah, there was much
talk, not only in the Arab but in the English Press, of how he was going
to follow up these initial successes: capture Sana, install his son Feisal as
(Viceroy of the Yemen, exact enormous indemnity from the Imam Yahya,
and so forth, and that the final result fell far short of these expectations.,
2. I fuijther expressed the opinion that the net result of the campaign
in Arab eyes was that while Ibn Saud had secured Nejran, he had evacuated
jthe jyfiole of the Yemen coast-line, including Hodeidah, without extracting
a penpy ,of indemnity from the enemy- That the average Arab’s idea of
statesmanship was :—
“Tfie good old rule, the ancient plan,
That he shall itake who has the power,
And he shall hold who can”,
and that he would refuse to believe that Ibn Saud would have given such
easy terms to the Imam if he had been strong enough to impose severer, ones.
3 . Duripg an interview which I had with the Shaikh of Kuwait when
I passed through there recently on my way out, he touched on the question of
the Saudi-Yemen war, and said definitely that Ibn Saud’s prestige had gone
down qu the Arab Coast of the Gulf as a result of that campaign. I
enclose for ready reference an extract from a recent Kuwait Intelligence
Summary, which is to the same effect.
The factor of Arab public opinion with regard to Ibn Saud is of some
practical importance as his authoritv over his subjects, especially over the
tribal elements, depends a good deal on prestige.
I am sending a copv of jthis letter to Metcalfe and to Calvert at Jedda.
Perhaps the Foreign Office would be good enough to give Ryan a copy;
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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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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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