Skip to item: of 434
Information about this record Back to top
Open in Universal viewer
Open in Mirador IIIF viewer

'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎113r] (225/434)

This item is part of

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.


This transcription is created automatically. It may contain errors.

Apply page layout

Enclosure in Foreign Office Covering letter, dated 27th December 1935.
Letter from H. M.’s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 336, DATED THE 25TH NOVEMBER 1935.
With reference to my despatch No. 219 (1806/138/12) of the 30th July,
relative to the return to this country of Sheykh Abdur Rauf as Sabban
under the general amnesty declared by Ibn Saud in January last, I have the
honour to report that the Umm-al-Qura of the 22nd November announced
the recent arrival at Riyadh from Iraq en route for Mecca of Seyyid Muham
mad Tahir ad-Dabbagh. This notorious anti-Saudi intriguer has made
his peace with Ibn Saud under the terms of the amnesty to political offenders
living abroad, and, according to this newspaper’s account, was shown kind
ness and hospitality by the King during his visit to Riyadh. Seyyid
Muhammad at his audience with Ibn Saud delivered a speech, a report" of
which, it is promised, will appear in the next “Umm-al-Qura”.
t ^ am senc ^ n £> co pies of this despatch to Bagdad, Aden and Trans-
Enclo to S. N. (9).,
Letter from Ti. M.’s Char< f. d’affaires, Jedda, tc the Foreign Office,
No. 219, dated THE 30th July 1935.
01 reference to y° ur predecessor’s printed despatch No. 46 (E.-561/
qt/Ut °^ t J he 2 5 rd Februar y 1933 > relative to the anti-Saudi activities of
oneykh Abdur Rauf as-Sabban, I have the honour to inform you that the
Umm al Qura of the 26th July announced the return of this individual to
this country from Iraq, having been granted a pardon by the King. He
had arrived m Mecca and was accompanied by Sheykh Ahmad al Muiallid
having travelled by way of Riyadh where, according to a subsequent’ para
graph, he delivered a speech, in the King’s presence, of a laudatory and
supplicatory nature. Sheykh Abdur Rauf as-Sabban’s varied past of anti-
baudi intrigue, summarised in Jedda Personalities No. 19, Tvould, there
fore, appear to have been forgiven. Sheykh Ahmad al-Mujallid does not
seem to have come so prominently to notice, but he also is described as
having been pardoned by Ibn Saud. {
2 . A similar, but less explicit, reference to Sheykh Abdur Rauf appear
ed m the Saut al Hejaz of the 23rd July, which limited itself to the
explanation that he was “a Hejazi subject who had stayed for some years
at Bagdad the capital of Iraq, our sister country”.
3. I am sending a copy of this despatch to His Majesty’s Ambassador
at Bagdad.
( 10 )
(Received on d5th January 1936, with Political Secretary's letter No. 2,
dated 9th January 1936.)
Letter from H. M. s Charge d’affaires, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 339, dated the 26th November 1935.
Mr. Calvert to Sir Samuel Hoare.—(Received December 16.)
With reference to my despatch No. 277 of the 8th October, relative to
ip activities of the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndicate (Limited), I have
t e honour to inform you that the operations of this concern appear to be

About this item


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.

Extent and format
1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

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.

Written in
English and French in Latin script
View the complete information for this record

Use and share this item

Share this item
Cite this item in your research

'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎113r] (225/434), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/2/310, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 24 February 2020]

Link to this item
Embed this item

Copy and paste the code below into your web page where you would like to embed the image.

<meta charset="utf-8"><a href="">'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [&lrm;113r] (225/434)</a>
<a href="">
	<img src="!280,240/0/default.jpg" alt="" />
IIIF details

This record has a IIIF manifest available as follows. If you have a compatible viewer you can drag the icon to load it. in Universal viewerOpen in Mirador viewerMore options for embedding images

Use and reuse
Download this image