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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎101v] (202/434)

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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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145 F. No. (92-N/34). There are believed to have been further importa-
tions of Silver rupees since. Twitchell’s associate of Van Der Poll also
recently mentioned he had experienced difficulty in obtaining sufficient silver
riyals here for Company’s purposes. I had a conversation with Twitchell
the night before he left, reported by despatch No. 227, August 6-th, which
left by bag yesterday, but he made no reference to the proposal of Saudi
Government. He saw Minister of Finance on July 22nd.
2 . Rates show keen appreciation of the riyal; mde Jedda report for
June (F. No. 92-N./35), paragraph 192. In terms of Egyptian pounds
rate rose after the pilgrimage (when normally it should fall, below the
usual figure of 14 to 15) to 11 riyals, then for one day, July 30th(?) to 8^
riyals falling to 10 riyals and 8 piastres, subsequently steadied to 10 riyals.
one piastre at the end of July where it still remains.
3. Reasons for shortage are obscure. No reports have been received
of export of silver coinage and stories of hoarding (by Banque of Misr inter,
alia) for sale at a profit during next pilgrimage are difficult to accept.
Rates are likely to rise as usual when pilgrimage season commences in Jedda
and do not for other reasons before then.
(Received on 8th September 1935 with Political Secretary T s letter No. 34 r
dated 22nd August 1935.)
Memorandum No. E. -3131/2621/25, dated the 12th August 1935.
The Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs presents his compli
ments to the Under Secretary of State for India, and, by direction of the
Secretary of State, transmits herewith copies of the undermentioned papers.
Description of Enclosure.
Nam© and Date.
Hi b Majestys Repreentative Jedda, No. 106,
dated 4th Aprils
Saudi-Palestinian relations.
(Similar letter sent to C. O.}.
Enclosure 1 to S. No. (53).
Memorandum No. 106 (862/282/9), dated the 4th April 1935.
His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda presents his compliments to His
Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and has the
honour to transmit to him the undermentioned documents.
Description of Enolcsure.
Name and Date.
To His Excellency the High Commissioner
for Palestine, despatch No. 861/282/9 of
4th April 1935.
Anti-Jewish propaganda by Arabs.

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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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