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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎140v] (280/434)

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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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53
4. Major Longrigg impressed me more favourably than I had
expected. It seems also that he speaks Arabic fluently and carried on his
negotiations exclusively in that language. He said however that he
thought that his Company had been enormously helped in their negotia
tions by the efforts and intrigues of the Italians, of which Ibn Saud was
profoundly suspicious, so that, as the Italian intrigues increased, he had
become the more ready to let the concession go to a British concern.
5. Major Longrigg then turned to the question of the Yemen, on which
1 am dictating a separate note.
(76)
Telegram from His Majesty’s. Minister, Jedda, No. 114, dated the
8th October 1936.
Addressed to Bushire No. 30.
Your telegram No. 70 of October 7th.
According to Mecca newspaper Ibn Saud left Riyadh, September 30th,
for Northern Nejd to inspect the affairs of his subjects. Departure con
firmed at Ministry of Foreign Affairs but I have no other information
except that Faisal left Taif for Riyadh October 5th.
Repeated to the Foreign Office, No. 114, Bagdad No. 10.
(77)
Memorandum No. 734-S. of 1936, dated the 6th October 1936.
The Hon’ble the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. presents his
compliments to—
1. The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, Simla.
2. His Majesty’s Ambassador, Bagdad.
3. The Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait,
and has the honour to transmit to him a copy of His telegram No. 707,
dated the 6th October 1936, relating to Bin Saud’s tour in Northern Nejd
and Jabal Shammar.
Enclosure to S. No. (77).
Telegram from the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Bushire, to His Majesty’s,
Minister, Jedda, Repeated His Majesty’s Secretary of State for
India, London, Copy by air to Government of India, Simla, Copy
by post to His Majesty’s, Ambassador, Bagdad, copy by post to
Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait, No. 707, dated the 6th October 1936.
Kuwait report says that Bin Sa’ud left Riyadh about September 22nd,
for tour in fsortHern i\ejd and Jabal Shammar. He is expected to visit
new tort in Halar A1 Jbatm. Princes remain at liiyaan. please tele
graph whether report is correct.
(78)
Memorandum No. 744-S. of 1936, dated the 9th October 1936.
The Hon’ble the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. presents his
compliments to—
1. The Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, Simla.
2. The Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. , Kuwait.
and has the honour to transmit to him a copy of Jedda, telegram No. 30,^
dated the 8th October 1936, relating to the movements of King Ibn Saud.
Reference: Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Printed Letter No. 734-S., dated the 6th Octo
ber 1936 [S. No. (77).]

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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)
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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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