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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎111r] (221/434)

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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 29th December 1935, with Political Secretary’ s letter No. 50,
dated 12th December 1935.) •
Enclosure in Air Ministry Covering letter, dated 2nd December, 1935.
Letter from the Air Ministry to the Colonial Office, No. S.-36111 /S.-6,
I am commanded by the Air Council to acquaint you, for the informa
tion of Mr. Secretary Thomas, that on December 11th, 1935, Air Commodore
E. L. Gossage, D.S.O., M.C., will relieve Air Commodore C. F. A. Portal,
D.S.O., M.C.. at present in command of the British Forces at Aden, until
such time as the existing emergency has passed.
I am to explain that it had been the Council’s intention that Group
Captain W. A. McClaughry, D.S.O., M.C., D.F.C., should relieve Air
Commodore Portal, and an announcement to this effect has already appeared
in the press. The Council are, however, now of the opinion that the stra
tegical importance of Aden during the present unsettled conditions makes
it very desirable that a more senior Commander should assume responsibility
at any rate until there is a material improvement in the international situa
Copies of this letter have been addressed to the War Office and India
(Received on 29th December 1935, with Political Secretary’s letter No. '50,
1 dated 12th December 1935.)
Letter from the 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. , to the Colonial Office, No. P. Z.-8782/
In reply to your letter of the 7th December No. 78009/1/35 I am directed
by the Secretary of State for India to say that, subject to the concurrence
of the other interested Departments, he concurs in the draft of the despatch
which the Secretary of State for the Colonies proposes to send to the Resi
dent at Aden regarding certain questions connected with the relations
between His Majesty’s Government and the King of the Yemen.
2. Copies of this letter are being sent to the War Office, Air Ministry,
Admiralty, Treasury and Foreign Office.
Enclo. to S. No. (2).
Letter from the Colonial Office, to the India, Office, No. 78009/1/35
I am directed by Mr. Secretary Thomas to transmit to you, to be laid
before the Marquess of Zetland, the draft of a despatch which it is proposed
tq address to the Resident at Aden regarding certain questions connected
with the relations between His Majesty’s Government and the Kin°- of the
(Yemen. * I * * * * 6
2. The draft despatch is circulated for the concurrence of the other
interested Departments of His Majesty’s Government in accordance with the
conclusion reached at the forty-fourth meeting of the Standing Official Sub-
Committee of the Committee of Imperial Defence for Questions concerning
the Middle East. | J ! " °
655,S, F&.’D

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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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