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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎112r] (223/434)

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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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small emirates which you see on the coasts of Arabia will not stand before
the hurricane as their existence is contrary to the law of nature” at the end
of his interview with the Editor of the “A1 Sha’ab” is interesting as
showing the Sa’udi view of the Arab States of the Gulf.
I am sending copies of this letter to Metcalfe, Ryan, Dickson, Loch and
{Received on 11th January 1936, with Political Secretary's letter No. 52,
dated 26th December 1935.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office, Covering letter, dated 20th December 1935.
Letter from H. M.’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 332 (2826/78/22), dated the 22nd November 1935.
With reference to Sir Archibald Clark Kerr’s despatch No. 589 (363/
9/35) of the 6th November [S. No. (3)], to the Foreign Office, relative to the
training of Yemeni army officers in Iraq, I have the honour to inform you
that the Mecca newspaper “Saut-al-Hejaz” of the 19th November contained
a brief reference to this subject. No mention was made, however, of the
reservation of places in the Military College at Bagdad for cadets from
Saudi Arabia.
2 . I am sending a copy of this despatch to Bagdad and Aden.
( 6 )
{Received on 4th January 1936, with Political Secretary's letter No. 51,
dated 19th December 1935.)
Letter from Mr. Cecil Jackson-Craig, to the Foreign Office, dated
the 24th November 1935.
It is with some trepidation that I dare to address you, but would indeed
esteem it a personal favour, if you would kindly give the following, your
kind consideration.
I desire if possible to secure an appointment in the Near East, either
in Arabia or Egypt, preferably Arabia. I have numerous friends in Arabia
among the nobles of the various tribes, and take rather a keen interest in
the welfare of the Arabian Continent.
Doubtless you will appreciate the fact, that I prefer to secure an
appointment entirely through my own efforts, and would not dream of ap
proaching friends for this purpose. If the Foreign Office can assist me in
this matter, either officially or otherwise, believe me I should indeed be
Thanking you in advance for your extreme courtesy, and assuring you
dear Sir, that an answer whether in the negative or affirmative will indeed
be more than appreciated.
Please believe my sincerity, when I state that I am actuated by the belief
that my services would be of value where Arab tribes are concerned for
between these people and myself, there is a bond of friendship.
Enclo. to S. No. (6).
Letter from the Foreign Office, to Mr. Cecil Jackson-Craig, No E -
6916/6916/65, dated the 11th December 1935.
I am directed by the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to acknow
ledge the receipt of your letter of 24th November [S. No. (5)]. enquiring

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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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