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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎107v] (214/434)

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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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, f r ^'^ e papers specified below were transmitted to His Majesty’s Charge
d Affaires, Jedda for information under cover of the Foreign Secretary’s
letter No. 45-J., dated the 4th December 1935.
Arabia Series of 1935.
Serial Nos. (43) to (58).
( 66 )
The papers specified below were transmitted to the Secretary, Political
Department, 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. , London, for the information of His Majesty’s
Secretary of State for India, under cover of the Foreign Secretary’s letter
No. 184-M., dated the 5th December 1935.
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Arabia Series of 1935.
Serial Nos. (43) to (58).
(With 3 S. Cs.)
Memorandum No. 181 (2776/143/41), dated the 12th November 1935.
His Majesty s Charge d Affaires at Jedda, presents his compliments
to His Excellency the Viceroy of India and has the honour to transmit to
him the under-mentioned documents.
Jedda printed desp. No. 154 of 9/10/35. (S. No. 59).
To Foreign Office, No. 325 of 12th November 1935, regarding Road
making proposition by Banque Misr.
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Enclo. to S. No. (67).
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Letter from H. M\ s Charge d Affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 325 (2774/143/41), dated the 12th November 1935.
With reference to my despatch No. 281 (2424/143/35) of the 9th
October [Enclo. to S. No. (59)], concerning the activities of the Banque
Misr in this country, and more especially their interest in road making, I
have the honour to report that the kilometre of asphalt road which it was
expected the Banque Misr engineers would lay down as a sample, dwindled
in fact to a short stretch of some hundred yards. This was very quickly
completed and the Greek engineer left again for Egypt some ten days later.
Nothing more having been heard of the Egyptian engineer, it is probable
that he also has returned home.

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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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