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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎118v] (236/434)

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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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observed to run as follows : Birk-Raghdan—Barq Samuda (not cn Hunter’s map
but about 21 degrees 30 minutes by 41 degrees 30 minutes'—Ashaira—Marran—
Iqbah—Point 7 miles east of Malid-adh-Dhahab—Amaq—Hanakiya—Hadiya—
2500 mark of Hunter's map on Transjordan frontier near Itraif, thence along the
de facto Hejaz-Transjordan frontier to Aqaba. The difference between this
alignment and the published version relates principally to the area in the neigh
bourhood of the Mahd. It would appear that the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndi
cate are likely to lose, owing to miscalculation of the position of the Mahd and/or
Jureysiya, a considerable slice of territory. The extent of this loss is not altogether
clear although it probably forms a salient into the concessionary area, but whether
of 7 miles depth or a larger area, due to an important inaccuracy in fixing the posi
tion of the Mahd, is not apparent.
This is, of course, the main difficulty. Related to it, and indeed perhaps part
of it, is the difficulty recorded in my minute of the 21st December 1935, where it
is described how Mr. Shanks was not permitted by an obstructive Amir of Medina
to prospect as far east as the Jebel Hilit, an area, however, I should have thought
would under any interpretation be well outside the Saudi Arabian Mining Syndi
cate concession.
Minor difficulties have been experienced and smoothed away, e.g., over employ
ing Nejdi as well as Hejazi labour.
(d) New Recruits, with general Idea of Distribution.
Staff arrivals and departure have been recorded pretty faithfully in our des
patches to the Foreign Office. Since the last one No. 339 of the 26th November
1935 [Serial No. (10)], the following have arrived :—
S. C. Bullock—(British), arrived December 21, 1935.
J. Walker—(American), arrived December 15, 1935.
? Shaw—(American), arrived ? December 29, 1935.
? Cezanne—(? French), arrived ? December 29, 1935.
The total strength of the syndicate’s personnel is now approximately twenty-
five Europeans and Americans, the majority of whom are employed at the mine
or prospecting, and over 700 labourers, etc., at the Mahd-adh-Dhahab. The com
position of the European and American personnel of the syndicate, by nationalities
may be of some interest and is, approximately, as follows :—
Greek ..
.. 8
.. 6 (or ? 7 or 8).
.. 5 (or ? 6).
.. 2
.. 1
.. 1
Memorandum No. 28 (489/411/8), dated the 15th March 1936.
His Majesty’s Minister at Jedda presents his compliments to H. E. the Viceroy
of India (Foreign and Political Department), and has the honour to transmit to
him a copy of despatch to the Foreign Office, No. 77, dated the 15th March
1936, regarding Ibn Saud’s speech.
Reference to previous correspondence :
Jedda printed despatch No. 24 of 28th February 1936 [Enclosure to Serial
No. (20)].

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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.

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.

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English and French in Latin script
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