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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎160r] (319/434)

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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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Majesty’s Government were very glad to receive this assurance, which con
firms the supposition which they had already formed on the subject, and they
now understand the extraordinary occurrence. I am however to point out
that the arrival of Mr. Philby in the Aden Protectorate with an armed Saudi
force might have caused an incident or on the other hand might have led
the tribes in those parts to suppose that Mr. Philby had come on a mission
from the Saudi Arab Government, either of which results would have
been harmful to the good relations which have subsisted for so long
between the two governments. In conclusion I am to inform Your Royal
Highness that His Majesty’s Government trust that suitable action will
be taken in regard to the person whose irresponsible conduct might have
led to so regrettable a consequence.
Enclosure 1 to S. No. (6).
Telegram from Sir R. Bullard, Jedda, to Foreign Office, No. 129,
dated 29th December 1936.
(Repeated to Aden.)
Reply from Minister for Foreign Affairs to my personal letter of December
8 th [S. No. (6)] about Philby (my despatch No. 319) was not quite satisfactory,
so to end the matter I am sending a rejoinder, and I have spoken plainly
to Fuad, basing the case on Shabwa. My statement concluded thus. [gp.
undec. we might be in] Najran, though, Philby as an explorer would be use
ful to Saudi Government and he was acting in a manner as their employee
(Fuad nodded assent), and in any case to steal away without their know
ledge with an escort granted for that prupose and to use it to enter Aden
protectorate was a nasty trick and we expected Saudi Government to tell
him so. I think matter can be left there.
2. Copies of correspondence and despatch follow by bag.
Addressed to Foreign Office telegram No. 129, repeated to Aden telegram
No. 12.
( 7 )
Cypher Telegram from the Secretary of State for the Colonies, to
the Resident at Aden, No. 119, dated 21st December 1936.
There is report from Cairo in today’s Times that Italians from Mogadishu
have purchased concession of the entire port of Assadi el Fay el on coast of
Hadhramaut from Beduin tribe claiming independence of States in treaty
relations with Great Britain. British officials from Aden are said to have
left by air to investigate.
Please telegraph whether there is any basis for report and if so full
information as to position. Name of alleged port cannot be traced in maps
( 8 )
Letter from Sir R. Bullard, to Mr. Eden, No. 283, dated 2nd Novem
ber 1936.
Jedda, October 11, 1936.
I have the honour to report that, after the exchange of notes on the
3rd October, Sheikh Yusuf Yasin asked whether he could see me about ceitain
other questions, and it was arranged that he should call at the Legation on thu
5th October. He had already asked whether I wished to continue the dis.
cussion of the Koweit and frontier questions or would prefer to await tho
return of Fuad Bey Hamza, which was expected to occur very soon, and I
told him that the Saudi counter-draft of article 1 of the proposed Koweit
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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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