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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎117v] (234/434)

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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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him a copy of despatch to the Foreign Office, No. 60, dated the 28th February
1936, regarding Presentation of credentials of new Persian Minister in Jedda.
Reference to previous correspondence :
Jedda printed despatch No. 15 of 4th February 1936 [Enclosure to Serial
.No. (13)].
[Enclosure to Serial No. (21)].
Letter from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 60 r
With reference to my despatch No. 40 of February 4th [Enclosure to Serial No
(13)], I have the honour to state that Monsieur Soltan Ahmed Khan Had presented
his credentials as Iranian Minister at the Court to His Majesty King Abdul Aziz
on February 25th.
2. I have met M. Rad more than once and have found him pleasant and I should
say reasonably intelligent. His diplomatic experience outside Iran seems to have
been smaU. He served m the Persian Embassy in Constantinople for a couple of
years not long before the Great War but has spent most of his official life at home
under various departments of the Iranian Government, including the Ministry of
I oreign Affairs, under which he served as “ Karguzar ” in the provinces, and the
Ministry of Justice. He had been President of a section of the Court of Cassation
tor six or seven years before he was appointed to Cairo about two years ago He
speaks French fairly well and appears to have a good knowledge of Arabic besides
a knowledge of Turkish which I have not tested.
3. M. Rad has no intention of spending much of his time in this country He
told me on February 10th that he might not even leave a secretary here on his
return to Egypt but simply close the Legation in Jedda, which serves no useful
purpose except to a small extent round about pilgrimage time.
4 . We have not yet met Madame Rad, who came here with her husband. I
understand that she is only semi-veiled and is willing to appear in society.
C iiro ’ 1 am Sending C ° pieS 0f tllis des P atch ta ^ Government of India, Tehran and
( 22 )
{Received on 29th March 1936, with the Political Secretary's letter No 11 dated,
the 12th March 1936.)
Enclosure m Foreign Office covering letter dated 4th March 1936.
Letter from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 21
M re , f f enc ® t0 , Mr - Calvert’s despatch No. 339 of the 26th November [Serial
JNo ' (ly) 1 yyr a 1 lon . ou ^ t0 state that ’ in view of the g reat development of the
operations of the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndicate (Limited), during my absence
from Jedda last year requested Mr. Calvert to prepare a general memorandum on
the position reached by the end of 1935. Although this memorandum includes
ct.r am information which has already been reported to your Department, it adds
a good deal that has come to the knowledge of the Legation since the date of the
despatch under reference and gives a useful comprehensive picture of what has
become the most important industrial enterprise in the west of Saudi Arabia I
therefore enclose a copy of it,
2. Most of the information collected by Mr. Calvert is fairly generally known
here, but I would ask that section (c) should be regarded as confidential, especially
. s e map mentioned m the third sentence was shown privately to the member of my
that he hXomn a , . S ^ ordlna . te employee of the syndicate, who thought afterwards
at Mr h Twitef n rt ed ^ ,n< lscretlon ' The Legation has to reckon with the fact
mat rtir. Mitchell, the general manager, is a somewhat secretive person who might
mad^ “Me t0 ° btam information ’ if he thought it were’lMy tol

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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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