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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎199r] (397/434)

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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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We should be grateful, therefore, if on receipt of this letter you could
let us know by telegraph whether you have any information tending to con
firm this report.
( 2 )
(Enclosure in Air Mail letter No. 51, dated the 22nd December 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. .)
Enclosure in Foreign Office, covering letter, dated the 20th December 1937.
No. 2586/2586/2.
His Majesty’s Consul at Damascus presents his compliments to the
Eastern Department, Foreign Office, and has the honour to transmit to him
the under-mentioned document.
British Consulate,
November 23, 1937.
Reference to previous correspondence :
Description of Enclosure.
Translation of an extract from the Damascus newspaper “Alef Ba” of
the 16th November, 1937. Arab Convention at Mecca.
Copies sent direct to Jedda and Cairo.
Extract from “Alef Ba”, No. 5040 of November 16, 1937.
Translation :
An Arab convention at Mecca during the pilgrimage.
Our special agent says:—
I learn from a reliable -source that negotiations have taken place in
Damascus, Palestine, Egypt and Hejaz, for the purpose of
arranging an Arab convention in Mecca during the pilgrimage season, in
order to discuss the Palestine problem, as well as other 'matters relative to
Arab countries. It is said that Amir Shekib Arslan wishes to go on pil
grimage this year and to arrange for this. Discussions have taken place
with King Ibn Sa’ud and, if he allows it, Iraq, Palestine, Syria and Egypt
and other Arab lands will be asked to send delegates to Mecca" Many letters
were sent last week to various Arab countries in connection with this con
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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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