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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎143v] (286/434)

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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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6 . I rally agree with the suggestion to present the results of any such
investigation to the Saudi Government, although I fear that the present
Director-General of Public Health would regard himself as too conversant
with the conditions in this country to pay much attention to outside
advice. I also agree with Mr. Sterndale-Bennett’s cautionary suggestion
that the Syndicate should look very closely into Saudi regulations before
committing themselves to maintaining a permanent medical staff here. 'But
I feel that the idea is to be recommended, both from the Syndicate’s own
point of view, and for the more general reasons mentioned by Lord Castle
Steward and ,Mr. Twitchell. The Italians, again, are reported to have
in view the establishment of ai^ up-to-date dispensary here and the Italian
Legation doctor, who is now away in laly, is credited with the intention
of bringing staff and material back to Jedda with him. Here, however,
there would be less of the element of competition as between a commercial
company and a Legation, than there would be in the case of the gift of
aeroplanes. Moreover, there would be less opposition, I believe, on the
part of the Saudi authorities to a non-Government dispensary or medical
institution of the sort than to those conducted in this country under the
auspices of foreign governments. There would, too, be no question of
their operations extending to Mecca. I should, therefore, on the whole be
favourably disposed towards a proposal of this nature, viz., the establish
ment of a permanent medical staff here, more particularly ae Jedda is
badly off in its resources for medical treatment at present, and may be even
more so before long, with Petroleum Concessions Ltd. bringing a new
influx of Euroeans to this country.
Letter from the British Legation, Jedda, to the Foreign Office,
No. 260, dated 7th September 1936.
With reference to my despatch No. 200 of the 7th July last, relative
to the claim of the Imperial Bank of Iran against the al-Fadhl firm, I
have the honour to transmit to you herewith a translation of an announce
ment which appeared in the Mecca “Umm-al-Qura” of the 4th September,
on this subject. It will be observed that it corresponds closely to what
was foreshadowed by Sheykh Yusuf Yasin in conversation with me in June
last. I am taking steps to inform the Imperial Bank of Iran of the publica
tion of this notice by the earliest mail.
2 . f am sending a copy of this despatch and its enclosure to His
Majesty’s Trade Commissioner, Bombay.
Extract from the “Umm-al-Qura”, No. 613 of 4th September 1936.
In view of the fact that the guardianship of Sheykh Abdulla
Mohammad-al-Fadhl over the minors of the late Saleh-al-Fadhl and over
one third of his estate has been proved, and, as the said guardian has
claimed that the properties under sequestration at Jedda known as
“Muntazah” and “Huseynieh” were not the property of the firm of
Ibrahim-al-Fadhl who is under seizure but of the minors who have no
connection with the firm of al Fadhl, the Government have handed over
the said properties to the said guardian. He who has any claim or right
thereof should approach the Sharia Court at Jedda with a view to proving
his claim in course of one year to begin from the date of the first announce
ment published in “Umm-al-Qura”. Any claim after the expiry of the
said year shall be refused and not attended to. This is published for the
information of all concerned.

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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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