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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎92r] (183/434)

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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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Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 15th March 1935.
{Received on 6th April 1935, with Political Secretary’s letter No, 12, dated 21st
March 1935.)
Letter from the Foreign Office, to the British Legation, Jedda, No. E.-1514|
154!31, dated the 13th March 1935.
You vtII have seen from paragraph 1 of the Palestine Police Summary
No. 5[35, dated the 13th February that, as a result of the Pan-Islamic campaign
in Palestine, an Arab delegation has set out for the Hejaz with a view to conduct
ing anti-British propaganda there.
We should be very glad to hear of any instances of such propaganda which
you may encounter during the pilgrimage.
Memorandum from IT. M.’s Minister, Jedda, No. 42 (764]61|2), dated the 27th
March 1935, transmitting Foreign Office, despatch No. 89 of 24th March
Enclosure to Serial No. (27).
Letter from H. M.’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 89 (76316112),
dated the 24th March 1935.
As yon are aware Ibn Saud makes it his'annual pracdce to give a great
banquet in Mecca for notable pilgrims of all nations just before the Pilgrimage.
1 find that I sent no separate report on this event last year but I included some
account of it in my despatch No. 88 of March 31st, 1934, on the Saudi Yemen
situation. This year the occasion merits separate treatment.
2. This year’s pilgrimage has brought to the Hejaz an unusually large
number of Moslems of high standing and a good many politicians of less note
but of some importance in their own countries. The former have included
crr-King Amanullah of Afghanistan ; His Highness the Nawab of Bahawalpur ;
the chief Begum of His Exalted Highness the Nizam of Hyderabad, with Sir
Nizamat Jung in attendance ; another Begum of the Hyderabad family ; the
Glawi from Morocco ; Abdullah Ibn Wazir, the Governor of Hudayda, who was
here last year as Yemeni delegate at the peace negotiations ; Nawab Sir Umar
Hayat Khan, honorary A.-D.-C. to His Majesty the King ; and a brother of the
Sheykh of Dibai.
3. Most of the male personages just mentioned were among the five hundred
guests or so, whom the King entertained on the evening of March 12th. As the
King had arrived only on March 10th, the arrangements were made hurriedly.
Among the absentees were the Nawab of Bahawalpur, who pleaded illness, and
Sir Umar Hayat Khan, the reasons! for whose non-appearance I do not know.
The Nawab may have been worried about questions of precedence but members
of his suite attended the dinner. The King had e^King Amanullah on his right,
with Sayyid Hasan A1 Idrisi and, I believe, the Glawi beyond. The second place
of honour on his left was given very significantly to Abdullah A1 Wazir.
4. The King's principal speech was reproduced, as usual, in the Umm-al-
Qura, probably^ m an edited version. The published version is not worth sub
mitting to you in fall but. a few points may be noted. He began with his
customary exhortations and insistence on the importance of close adherence to
Moslem tenets, especially the doctrine of the Unity. He and his were Beduins,
possessing nought except the blessing of God and desiring the co-operation of
Arabs and Moslems. The King then spoke of the events of last year and refer
red specially to the past enmity between himself and the Idrisi and A1 Wazir,
who w’ere now sitting at his table. The w r ar had shown, he said, the dis
advantages of discord to both sides. Moslems generally had welcomed the
peaceful ending and he invited them all to work together. The most interesting
passage in his speech was that in which he scouted the idea that foreign influences
had caused the quarrel. Moslems and Arabs were themselves responsible for
their differences. In their press utterances they raged rudely against each
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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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