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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎103r] (205/434)

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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 5th October. 1935 with Political Secretary's letter No. 38,
dated 19th September 1935.)
(Enclosure in Colonial Office covering letter, dated 13th September 1935.)
Letter from the Colonial Office, to the Resident, Aden, dated the
9th September 1935.
I have the honour to refer to Sir Bernard Reilly’s confidential despatch
No. 94 of the 17th Apri) 1935, regarding the policy to be adopted by His
Majesty’s Government in the Hadramaut.
This question has been considered at a meeting of the Standing Official
Sub-Committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence for questions con
cerning the Middle East, at which Sir Bernard Reilly was present, and
gave further explanation of his proposals, which have my general approval.
Details of the scheme for implementing the proposals will no doubt be
submitted to me in due course.
(Received on 2nd November, 1935, with Political Secretary's letter, No. 1>2,
dated 17th October, 1935.)
(Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 10th October 1935.)
Letter from His Majesty’s Charge d’Affa,tres, Jedda, to the Foreign
Office, No. 227, dated the 6th August 1935.
With reference to Sir Andrew Ryan’s despatch No. 80, of the 18th
March [S. No. (35)], concerning the concession granted by the Saudi Arab
Government to the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndicate (Limited), I have the
honour to submit a general report on the activities in the Hejaz of the
syndicate since the ratification of the concession by King Abdul Aziz on
the 12th February last.
2. It will be recollected that the concession allowed the syndicate three
months in which to get to work, a yeai for general prospecting and another
year for further research in selected areas, after which leases were to be
granted to subsidiary companies foimed to work the individual property.
Mr. Twitchell seems’at present to be well ahead of this schedule. He set
to work, with great energy, immediately after his return to Jedda on the
17th February. The Australian, a Mr. Shanks, mentioned by Sir Andrew
Ryan in his despatch No. 56 of the 24th February [S. No. (31)] arrived
with a British clerical assistant on the 27th February, and the whole party
set out early in March for Yanbu and the Northern Hejaz.
3 After four months prospecting and assay work Mr. Twitchell seems
to have decided to concentrate, for the moment, his attentions on the gold
workings at Mahd-adh-Dhahab (“Cot of Gold”), and has withdrawn Mr.
Shanks from Yanbu- an-Nakhl where he has been working without success
ful results.
4 Mahd-adh-Dahab was visited for three weeks in June by Mr. E. D,
McDermott, one of the directors of the syndicate On his return to Eng
land earlv in July, followed on the 24th July by Mr. Twitchell, who hoped
to tiavel from Egypt by air, it was reliably reported that a subsidiary
company had been formed to work the area containing this mine.

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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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