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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎199v] (398/434)

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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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{Received on 1st January 1938, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 50, dated
the 16th December 1937.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated the 9th December 1937.
(No. 2587/2587/1.)
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 documents.
British Consulate,
November 23, 1937.
Description of enclosure.
Translation of an extract from the Damascus newspaper “A1 Ayvam’ ,
of the 14th November, 1937.
Copies sent direct to Cairo and Jedda.
Extract from “Al Ayyam”, No. 1508 of November 14, 1937.
Translation :
Cairo 12th: Special:—«
Special news has been received in official circles to the effect that Jamil
Bey Mardam Bey, the Syrian Prime Minister, has decided to make the
pilgrimage this year, upon the invitation he received from Ibn Sa’ud
through His Majesty’s special Chancellor, Shaikh Yusif Yasin, when the
latter visited Damascus. Jamil Bey Mardam will also go by way of Egypt
on return from the Hejaz, in order to pay a visit to the Egyptian govern
ment, and arrange negotiations for a commercial treaty with that country.
It is also said that the Prime Minister will negotiate with Ibn Sa’ud
a political treaty which they intend to conclude between Hejaz and Syria,
as suggested by Shaikh Yusif Yasin.
(Received on 9th January 1938, with Political Secretary’s, letter No. 51,
dated the 23rd December 1937.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated the 16th December 1937.
(E. 7209/22/31.) i
No. 8 (334/21/37.)|
Hm Majesty’s Consul at Benghazi, presents his compliments to His
Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and has the
honour to transmit to him the under-mentioned documents.
British Consul,
30th November, 1937.
Reference to previous correspondence.
No. 7, of 327/21/37.
Dated, 20th November 1937,

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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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