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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎88v] (176/434)

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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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{Received on 16th March 1935, with Political Secretary's letter No. 9, dated 28th
February 1935.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter No. 9, dated 28th February 1935.
Telegram from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office No. 33,
My telegram No. 19 [Serial No. (16)] to Transjordan.
As Fuad expressed no wish to reconsider terms of note of February 3rd I sent
translation to High Commissioner and 1 oreign Office by despatch on 12th February.
He has now sent personal letter in reply to one from me giving particulars of note
exchanged last year. He states that Shaib Thaniyya Taraif is a large Shaib
(valley or water-course) beginning- on Transjordan frontier and ending in Saudi
territory. Statement that it is in Transjordan is therefore incorrect. He expresses
the hope of coming to a clear understanding with me on subject at an early meeting.
Previous Saudi communication described place in question with reference to
distance from named places given differently in each. Fuad’s present description
suggests that he is relying on 1918 map.
Addressed to Foreign OfficeNo. 33, repeated to Transjordan No. 31.
( 20 )
{Received on 16th March 1935, with Political Secretary's letter No. 9, dated 28th
February 1935.)
Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter No. 77013/35, dated 22nd February
Telegram from the High Commissioner for Transjordan, to His Majesty’s
Minister Jedda, No. 7, dated the 20th February 1935. (Repeated
to Colonial Office, No. 9.j
Your No. 19 [Serial No. (16)]. No boundary marks have been placed in Thaniyya
Taraif Area at any time but complaints may refer to cairns erected in September
last to mark Trans Jordan Frontier car tracks which have been regularly used for
some years by routine patrols.
Enclosure to Serial No. (20).
Telegram from the High Commissioner for Trans Jordon, to His Majesty’s
Minister Jedda, No. 8, dated the 21st February 1935. (Repeated to
Colonial Office No. 10.)
My No. 7. I now observe that Prain reports having fixed a cairn to the south
of Khabra Atig. This spot appears to be about six miles south-west of Thani-
yaja Taraif so I assume that this is not mark referred to by S. Government but
you may like to be prepared for a complaint on this score.
Prain was in Tubaik area from 31st October to 5th November.
( 21 )
{Received on 16th March 1935, with Political Secretary's letter No. 9, dated 28th
February 1935.)
Enclosure in D. O. T. covering letter No. D. O. T. 1116/35, Overseas Trade No. 2,
dated 25th February 1935.
Letter from the Department of Overseas Trade, London, to the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India.
Aden, No. 1116/35, dated the 25th February 1935.
I am directed to inform you that the Erebus Manufacturing Company, Limited,
well-known lock manufacturers, of Charles Holland Street and Albion Road, Willen-
hall, have asked the Department ot Overseas Trade for information concerning the
standing of Mr. M. Perera, Crescent Hotel, Aden, who has applied to them for their
agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. . A copy of their letter is enclosed.

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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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