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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎186r] (371/434)

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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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it before every line. The perspiration poured off his nose and out of his
beard as h.3 worked himself into paroxyms of loyalty, but the drops did not
obliterate the writing and he let the audience have "the full benefit of every
word. The heat was not the only thing he had to contend with ; aeroplanes
swooping down over the shed with a deafening roar, just missing the roof,
drowned his voice ; bursts of clapping in the middle of elegant lines spoiled
the effect of the final vowel; but he was deteimined to let us have it all, and
repeated, sometimes three times, those parts of the poem which he thought
had not been properly heard. After him a little boy, with a squeaky voice,
repeated, from memory this time, a long poem of welcome from the school
boys of Jedda ; and then an older boy gave us another eloquent address of
welcome, ending by a series of what might be called antiphonal responses
from his comrades in the assembly. An aged poet from Medina also read a
poem, full of eloquence but without so much of the fire which had distinguish
ed the previous speakers.
7. The ceremony was now drawing to its close. The Amir Saud address
ed a few words to the Diplomatic corps, thanking them for their attendance,
and I believe that the dean of the Diplomatic corps, Monsieur Hakimoff, the
Soviet Minister, replied shortly in suitable terms. The Amir then rose and
shook hands with all the members of the Diplomatic Corps in their order of
precedence ; and I was able to offer him congratulations in Arabic. He, in
reply, said what an excellent time he had passed in the United Kingdom and
asked me again to thank all who had been so kind to him. We were then
able to depart, and to take off the collars and ties which are so seldom worn
here, and which aggravate the unpleasantness of living in a moist heat which
has not gone much below 90 degrees Fahrenheit for several days and nights.
8 . As we drove back through arches decorated with green and white
Mr. Gault told me that he had heard from a member of the French Legation
that a demonstration against the Palestine Report had been staged for just
after the ceremony of greeting. Nothing of the sort happened, however.
9. I was much impressed by the dignified appearance and bearing of the
Amir Saud. It also appeared that everyone was very pleased to see him
back ; old inhabitants of Jedda say that all these ceremonies are engineered
and ordered by the government ; but it really did appear that the people who
attended the reception were genuinely glad to see the Heir Apparent return.
Much dancing and jollity has been arranged in the streets of Jedda during
the past few days ; perhaps Arabs are used to dancing round fires in a moist
heat of 90 degrees ; but it seemed to me that everyone was really quite pleas
10. At 3 p.m. that afternoon I was received by Sheikh Yusuf Yasin at
the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. I found him attired only in a large white
towel; he did not explain this costume until the end of our interview when
he said he was going to Mecca to perform a ‘ towaf ’ or circumambulation.
He was very agreeable, and repeated how pleased the Princes had been at
their staj 7 in England. I understand that all the returning party left Jedda
for Mecca on the evening of the day they arrived.
Enclosure in Colonial Office covering 1 etter dated the 27th August 1937.
Received on 18th September 1937 with Politi c l Secretary's letter No. 35, dated
the 2nd September 1937.
Letter from 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. , to Governor, Aden, No. P. Z. 5686/37,
dated the 12th August 1937.
I have the honour to refer to Colonel Lake’s secret despatch No. 392 of
the 19th August 1936, and also to your secret despatch of the 26th May
1937, on the subject of the internal situation in the Yemen, in which 3 r ou ask
for instructions as to the attitude to be adopted by local British representa
tives if they are approached by contending parties within the State.

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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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English and French in Latin script
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