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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎113v] (226/434)

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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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mailing steady progress. Mr. Twitchell recently informed me that dia
mond-drilling, earned out by six Swedish employees of the syndicate, was
now proceeding night and day, and that a depth of some 80 feet had been
2 . Since my despatch under reference the personnel of the syndicate has
been further increased by the arrival of two British employees, Messrs.
Dunckley and McDermott, the former as manager of the Jedda office and
the latter, a son of a director of the syndicate, as a surveyor; of two Ame
ricans, one Dutchman, one German and one Greek. Mr. C. L. W.
Bindloss, the engineer on the Jedda staff of Messrs. Gellatly, Hankey and
Co. (Sudan) (Limited), also has now taken up a similar post under the syn
3. A large quantity of stores, vehicles and machinery, including the
diamond drills, have arrived since my despatch under reference, and a great
proportion has been successfully transported to the mine, in spite of diffi
culties over one stretch of the road Jedda-Asfan-al-Birka-Mahd-adh-
Dhahab, on which work is still proceeding.
4. Work is also going on in the construction of houses, built of local
stone, at the mine, whilst at Jedda it is reliably stated that the syndicate
have acquired an area of some 300 or 400 yards square, about 1 mile north
of the town colse to the shore, where it is proposed to erect houses for the
staff, workshops store-rooms and garages, and it is also projected in clue
course to construct a pier out to deep water to facilitate the loading and
unloading of their materials.
5. According to revised estimates, I should now he disposed to place
the mine at roughly 23° 30' N. by 41° E. An unconfirmed statement has
reached me that an area of 1 square mile has been granted by the syndicate
to a company, perhaps a subsidiary company, formed to prospect and exploit
that area.
6 . I am sending a copy of this despatch to Transjordan and the De
partment of Overseas Trade. u, |
( 11 )
(Received on 1st February 1936, with Political Secretary's letter No. 3,
dated 16th January 1936.)
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Letter from H. M.’s Minister Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 355,
With reference to Mr. Calvert’s despatch No. 336 of November 25th
r S. No. (9)], I have the honour to state that the Umm-al-Qura of Nov-
embei 29th published a speech delivered by Muhammad Tahir ad-Dabbagh
before King Abdul Aziz at Riyadh. This speech, which is in the nature
of a pious recantation, of past errors, is not worth reproducing. It may,
however, be of interest to record that Tahir ad-Dabbagh was presented to
me by Fuad Bey Hamza at the race-meeting at Riyadh at which I was pre
sent on November 25th and that he was a guest at the dinners given in my
honour by the King and the Crown Prince on that and the following even-
2 Fuad Bey was full of mischievous glee when he effected the introduc
tion at the races. I told ad-Dabbagh that I was glad to see him back in
his own country and hoped he would long remain in it; adding that, if he
had come back sooner, he would have saved me a great deal of trouble,
lie is an eg^-shaped man of perhaps about 45 with slightly converging eyes

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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.

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.

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