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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎84r] (167/434)

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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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Berlin. I understand, moreover, that he recently left Germany for India, where
he is sa d to he at present. I am unaware whether this is a short visit, or whether
he is visiting India for a more prolonged stay.
2. With regard to the reports current here during the summer that Khalid
el Qar qam is interested in the Possibility of obtaining the Jedda-Mecca Railway
< oncession, to which an allusion is made in the fourth paragraph of my despatch
under reference I gather from Mr. Philby that he is unawa e of this report and
regards it as unlikely to be true.
3. I am sending a copy of this despatch to The Principal Secretary of State
tor boreign Affaires, Department of Overseas Trade.
{Received on 26th January 1035 with Political Secretary's Letter No. 2, dated 10th
January 1935.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated the 8th January 1935.
Letter from His Majesty’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 346, DATED THE 26TH NOVEMBER 1934.
With reference to your despatch No. 394(E.-6322/2429/25) of the 2nd Novem
ber relative to the interest evinced by the Italian Government in the recent visit
to London of Fuad Bey Hamza, I have the honour to inform you that in the course
of a conversation on the 8th November my Italian colleague, Signor Persico, made
a somewhat vague allusion to our interests on the Arabian shores of the Persian
Gulf and asked me whether it was true that a conference was to be held shortlv
over there. He continued interrogatively and with an air of ingenuous innocence.
those parts are now very important, are they not ” ? As his reference to the
subject WaS lat 16r casual 1 was a ^ e to re ply evasively and he did not pursue the
2. Signor Persico is still fairly new to this post and from the few an unimpor
tant conversations I have bad with him since his return from Europe gives me the
impression of being only superficially acquainted with questions to which he has
always spontaneously, referred. For example, he has twice adverted to the ques
tion of meeting between Ibn Saud and Amir Abdullah of Trans-Jordan, professing
to have seen passing references to this subject in the press of neighbouring countries
The second occasion he mentioned this matter was during the conversation of the
8th November, when I felt myself able to reply somewhat more explicitly that there
was no immediate prospect of a meeting.
3 1 : ^ hen Signor Persico left Jedda on leave of absence on the 8th July last he
travelled, to 1 ort Sudan in the same Khedivial Mail steamer as Fuad Bey Hamza
and I believe they continued their journey together by an Italian steamer as far as
1 if s Slnc ® avowed that he had frequent opportunities for conversation
with huad Bey, and his present curiosity in regard to Saudi Arab affairs in the
1 ersian Gulf may have its origin m that association during the voyage or on the
other hand, may perhaps have received a stimulus from reports of Signor Fracassi’s
November 0118 ^ ^ ^° reign 0ffice > whic ^ could have reached him here by the 8th
Romt 1 am SendinS & C ° Py ° f tHiS des P atch t0 His Majesty’s Ambassador at
( 10 )
(Received on 23rd February 1935 with Political Secretary's Leiter No. 6. dated 7th
February 1935.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated the 1935 .
Letter from His Majesty’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign Office
i\0. 365, DATED THE 9TH DECEMBER 1934.
I have the honour to inform you that my Frencli colleague, M. Roger Maigret
who, as you are aware, is Charge d’Affaires en of the French consulate here’,

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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.

Extent and format
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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English and French in Latin script
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