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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎182r] (363/434)

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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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3. I am sending copies of this despatch to the Principal Secretary of
State for Foreign Affairs in the Department of Overseas Trade and to His
Excellency the High Commissioner for Transjordan.
P, Z.-5662/37.
Enclosure in Air Mail letter No. 35, dated the 28th August 1937, from
Secretary, Political and Secret Department, 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. .
Letter from Petroleum Concessions Ltd., London, to 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. ,
Whitehall, S. W. 1., No. (P. C. 26 B/442), dated the 24th August
For the geological exploration of the Trucial Shaikhdoms, which we
hope to continue in the forthcoming season, the Company will be using the
same geologist in charge of the party as before, Mr. T. F. Williamson. To
assist him it is proposed to send Monsieur Rene Pomeyrol, a French subject.
Monsieur Pomeyrol worked for us last season in Saudi Arabia, and enjoys
the confidence of the Company from all points of view. We therefore ask
you to give us your necessary agreement to his employment in this capacity
on the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. .
Monsieur Pomeyrol was born in 1904, studied and obtained his diploma
from the Ecole Normale des Combustibles of Strasbourg, has done his military
service, and has had experience in the Field in Chile, Syria and France.
It is hoped that you will find no difficulty in according us the permission
The Company has not upon its strength, and is not in contact with,
any geologist of equal capacity, of British nationality, who would be avail
able for the work.
Copies sent to Bushire and Bahrain.
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter No. P. Z.-5453/37, dated the 18th
August 1937.
Letter from British Legation, Jedda, to Foreign Office, No. E. 4486/
27/91, dated the 29th July 1937.
Note by Sir R. Bullard respecting King Ibn Saud and the Italians.
When I was at Riyadh Ibn Saud seemed to be more concerned than
ever about the Italians. He referred to M. Mussolini slightingly as the
“ Sw T ord of Islam,” but spoke wdth apprehension about his disposition to
interfere in the affairs of other countries—now Abyssinia, now Spain or the
Red Sea. He said that according to news from the Yemen the Italians were
showdng great activity in the Red Sea and had recently landed men on Hanish
Island and its neighbour. I reminded the King of what Mr. Rendel had
said to him about the Italians and the Red Sea during his visit to Jedda, but
he was only half reassured. I promised to keep him informed of any Italian
move in the Red Sea of which we might become aware. The King said that
only two or three nights before, the Italian wireless had again referred to the
close interest taken by M. Mussolini in Moslem affairs. He quoted with
amusement the neat rebuke administered to M. Mussolini by the Agha Khan
when M. Mussolini claimed to be the protector of Islam, but said that in his
opinion the Italian propaganda was dangerous. He heard about a year ago
that the Grand Mufti of Palestine had accepted Italian help and immediately
asked the Mufti whether the story was true.. The Mufti said that it was
baseless, and that he would tell Ibn Saud the facts when he came on the
pilgrimage. When he came to Mecca the Mufti assured Ibn Saud that he
was not°even in touch with the Italians ; certain people who claimed them
selves to be in touch with Italian circles had asked him why he did not accept
Italian help, but he had refused to have anything to do with the Italians.
As for himself, Ibn Saud did not even want to buy rifles from the Italians.

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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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