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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎207v] (414/434)

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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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who is in charge of the pilgrimage. I am therefore hopeful that any diffi
culties which the Legation experienced in this respect during the last season
or two were personal to the late Vice-Consul and vanished with his depar
ture, and at present I do not fear that under cover of the present regulation
the difficulties will begin again..
4 I am sending copies of this despatch and enclosure to His Majesty’s
Ambassadors at Cairo (No. 125/551/6), and Bagdad (No. 127/551/6), and
to His Excellency the High Commissioner for Palestine and Trans-Jordan
(No. 126/551/6).
Enclosure to Jedda despatch No. 8 (124/551/6) of January 17th, 1938.
No. 101/18/4.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
9th HhuT Qaa’da 1356.
10th January, 1938.
I have the honour to explain to Their Excellencies the Ministers Pleni
potentiaries and the Charges d’Affaires, that the Government of His
Majesty the King, being desirous of facilitating the work of the Legations
at Jedda had previously adopted a number of measures in order to enable
them to maintain touch with this Ministry, and to carry out the formalities
which the said Legations may require from it. It has been observed that on
some occasions, official formalities are carried out between certain Legations
and other offices instead of with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs direct,
and since the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the official channel of communi
cation between the Legations and the Government of His Majesty the King,
I beg that this rule may be observed, and any action contrary to it avoided.
In order to increase facilities of communications between the Legations •
and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of His Majesty think
it fitting that Shaikh Ibrahim ibn Muammar, the Qaimmaqam of Jedda,
shall be entrusted, in addition to his original duties, with the function of
receiving the urgent statements or messages which the Legations may desire
to communicate speedily to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and also that
Shaikh Ali Taha, the assistant of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall
remain attached to him in connection with the work of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs.
This new arrangement will complete the arrangements previously made
for the presence of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, or of his Deputy, in
Jedda, and for meeting the [foreign] representatives there, and I trust
that the result of the same will assist all of us in strengthening the relations
and the bonds of friendship which happily exist between us.
(Received on the 19tk March 1988, with Political Secretary's letter No. 9,
dated the 3rd March 1938.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated the 16th February 1938.
Cypher telegram from Sir R. Bullard (Jedda), to the Foreign Office,
London, No. 12, dated the 10th January 1938.
Fuad Bey informs me in confidence that the foreign representatives
will shortly receive circular saying that political propaganda in holy Moslem
land is objectionable. He says other measures also will be taken to prevent
spread of propaganda as far as possible.

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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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