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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎200v] (400/434)

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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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Spain to the Mussalmans. It was the Arabs and not the Jews who helped
England to take Neapolis. Who was it who destroyed the Railway lines
during the Great War? it was not the Jews, but the Arabs!
We sent away the Turks from Palestine, with the intention that we
should be allowed to stay there. We have helped England also in the
taking of Aleppo, and we Mussulmans are upset because England has given
the best part of the country to the Jews, leaving the other to the Arabs.
Enclosure No. 2 to No. 8 (334/21/37).
Dated 30th November, 1937.
Benghazi Arabic Journal.
“Berid Barca”,
25th November, 1937.
Foreign News :—The son of Ibn Saud, and all the Muftis have called a
meeting and decided to declare war on Great Britain, but Ibn Saud said
wait in order that he could write to the British Government through his
minister in England, to see if he could come to terms about Palestine and El
Ugbab. Ibn Saud is now waiting for an answer from the British Govern
(Received on 29th January 1938, with Political Secretary's letter No. 2,
dated the 13th January 1938.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated the 8th January 1938.
Letter from Sir R. Bullard, to Mr. Eden.—(Received December
(No. 173), Jedda, November 29, 1937. 11
As the period of one year mentioned in article 9 of the Saudi “In
structions concerning Traffic in Slaves” (sent to you in my despatch No. 278
of the 6th October, 1936), expired on the 2nd "October last, this Legation
has since that date been endeavouring, by discreet enquiries, to ascertain
what the exact position is. I have the honour to report the following
information, which is intended to complete that contained in my despatch
No. 102 of the 24th May last. I must emphasise, however, that the indirect
enquiries which I have caused to be made have been quite unofficial, so that
the resulting information, though I believe it to be correct, must be regard
ed with reserve.
2. Nothing has been heard of any six-monthly report on the lines
of article 14, nor of any supplementary observations of the Inspector of
Slave Affairs (who, it wil be remembered, is the Director-General of Police
at Mecca). It is not laid down, however, that such reports should be pub
lished. ^
3. Certain licences ha\e been issued to slave-brokers in accordance with
article 12. Two brokers, named Hassan Amudi and Muhammad-bin-Seif,
say that they obtained licences from the Jedda police authorities against
the payment of £1 gold per licence.
4. One or two slaves only have been registered at Jedda. But the Jedda
brokers say that a large number of slaves have been registered at Mecca.
British Consulate,

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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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English and French in Latin script
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