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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎211r] (421/434)

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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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Letter from H. M.’s Minister, Jedda, No. 89 (951/391/10), dated the
3rd May 1938.
It is now possible to complete the story of the death of the Amir Khalid,
nephew to Ibn Sand, which I had the honour to report to you in my despatch
No. 64 (715/391/8), dated April 4th. The details given in the Kuwait
Intelligence Summary for March 16th to 31st bear out the information
obtained from Shaikh Hafiz Wehba, who was in Nejd at the time. A
violent check to the car which he was driving at high speed flung the Amir
against the wind-screen with such force that he died of his injuries a few
days later, but he lived long enough to be seen alive by an American Mission
ary doctor who had been sent for from Kuwait.
2. The Hejazi malcontent whose complaints I reported in my despatch
No 78 (875/287/14), dated April 24th declared that the death of the Amir
Khalid was not due to an accident, but had been planned long beforehand.
The death of the chief rival to the Heir Apparent might well appear to hostile
Arab eyes too fortunate to be accidental, and the fact that the cause of death
was not mentioned in the reports in the Mecca press could be quoted as addi
tional evidence. I do not think that any unprejudiced person here would
accept the theory of a planned murder, but with persons so closely protect
ed by armed guards as Ibn Saud or the Amir Saud, a hasty gesture of anger
by a known enemy might possibly be misinterpreted by an armed slave and
provoke a fatal shot or dagger-thrust. However, there is no question of this
m the present case..
I ( 28 )
Foreign Office,
Reference demi-official letter P. Z.-2887/38, May 3rd.
With Mr. Baxter’s compliments.
J. P. Gibson, Esq.
June 24th, 1938.
Copy to Bushire and Bahrein.
P. Z.-4417/1938.
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, No. E.-2829/150/91 dated
June, 24th, 1938.
Demi-official letter from Sir R. W. Bullard, H. M.’s Minister, Jedda
to C. W. Baxter, Esq., M.C., Foreign Office London No pf '
2829/150/91), dated the 12th April 1938. ’ ^ [E -‘
In my last conversation with Shaikh Hafiz Wahba before his departure
for England j spoke of the various questions on which we were trying to
give Ibn Saud advice or assistance. Shaikh Hafiz said that the Kine still
telt very sore about the Qatar boundary, and unable to reconcile our attitude
with our profesmons. The King, according to Shaikh Hafiz aUr bu^s the
attitude of H. M. Government on this point entirely to the fact that the oil
company operating in Hasa is American, and feels this all the more uniust
in that he repeatedly tried to get British oil interests to put in for a conces
sion there I said that our attitude was based on historical considerations
going back long before the days of oil, and spoke highly of the California
Arabian Standard Oil Company., ^ ^ alitornia
The final decision will probably have been taken before this letter reaches
jou, but I send the information nevertheless “to complete the record”

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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.

Extent and format
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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