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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎190v] (380/434)

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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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translation of the note-verbale which His Royal Highness the Amir Faisal
sent to me on September 12th under cover of a personal note asking me to
communicate it to you as soon as possible.
2 . I have done my best with the rather obscurely-worded text. The
two parts of the translation about which I have the greatest doubt are the
part dealing with the delay in Sheikh Kamil el Qassab’s arrival and depar
ture, and the last sentence. The former is not of great importance. As for
the latter, I suspect that there is a misprint and what the King really meant
was that the promoters of the conference contented themselves with" making
as few arrangements as possible, in deference to His Majesty’s disapproval
of the whole idea of the conference.
3. The general meaning is I think clear. Ibn Sand is anxious to show
His Majesty’s Government that he continues to do nothing contrary to their
policy, and that in pursuance of that aim he is not afraid to stand up to Iraqi
and Syrian extremists.
4. I am sending copies of this despatch with enclosures to His Majesty’s
Representatives at Cairo (No. 1354/384/340), Bagdad, (No. 1356/384/340)
and the Officer Administering the Government of Palestine at Jerusalem
(No. 1355/384/340).
Enclosure to S. No. (57).
Enclosure to Jedda despatch No. 149 (1353/384/340) of I3th September
Note Verbale.
H. M. the King has read Mr. Eden’s reply to the royal message which
I communicated to you on the 19th Jumad-ath-Thani 1356 (August 26th
1937), and I have to say that H. M. the King wishes to make it clear to the
British Government that Sheikh Kamil el Qassab left here convinced that
there would be no need to convene a general Arab conference as he had pre
viously intended : but owing to a delay which resulted in his not arriving
in Syria at the time which he had originally fixed for his return, persons who
were desirous of holding the conference had without delay issued invitations
for the 8th day of September : and that persons from Iraq who shared their
interest in the conference had already agreed to convene the conference.
The conveners of the conference have therefore apologised to us saying that
though they approved of our idea, and wished to comply with our desire, the
arrangements which were made had already progressed so far that it would
have been impolitic to change them entirely. They were therefore content
to make as few arrangements as possible.
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter No. P. Z. 6601/37, dated the 6th
October 1937.
Received on 30th October 1937 with Political Secretary's letter No. 41, dated the
14th October 1937.
(Notes by G. W. Rendel, dated the 29th September 1937.)
Signor Crolla, the Counsellor of the Italian Embassy, raised this question
With me again on September 27th. He said that he had at first thought of
sending in a formal note on the subject, but that the Italian Government
did not wish a formal written communication to be made at this stage in
advance of the proposed Rome Conversations. He had, however, been
authorised to explain their views in a preliminary and informal way, and he
suggested that perhaps the best plan would be for him to do this orally and
for us to have an agreed record of the conversation.
2 . I replied that this seemed to me open to any objections. An agreed
record would be an even more formal and committing document than a
written note and would need very carefully working out. I added that while
I should be very glad to hear anything he had to say I doubted whether there
was really much advanatge in discussing the matter further until we knew

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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.

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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