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The record is made up of 1 item (223 folios). It was created in 15 Mar 1920-21 Oct 1920. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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franslation of a letter dated Z2nd lajab 1338 (s 12th
April 1920; from x. in oaud to .ajor ... .i .Dickson, ;.X .H# #
Politioel Agent, Bahrain*
The object of this friendly letter is to enquire about
Your honour’s welfare and to state what is incumbent upon
me in virtue of ay friendship for and loyalty to .1. *%
Government with whom i am in treaty and alliance. It is
for this reason that 1 do net delay or hesitate, in
submitting these necessary and important communications,
"knowing well that these concern ..o. a’s Government and
myself. These are as follows : 1 have received a letter
from Amir Faisal together with an enclosure, inviting me
t’o an alliance with him and his adherents. These letters
were accompanied by certain undesiraole instructions and
exhortations in book form that are opposed to our interests,
that is to say, the interests of . . ‘a Government, as we!3
as .';y own. ( The letters ano pamphlet were : e} with
spies of unknown identity, and borrowed Arab names with the
object of promulgating tne views exoreused therein through-
out this our Arabian Peninsula and gaining the participatior
of tr^ba in their evil aims and objects. It is also certair
that they have sent (similar communications and) ien to
Ibn Rashid, Ibn Sha’alan the Imam Yahya and the Idrisi Amir
of ’Assir. This evil oropaganda is likely to gain in bulk
and extent in a short time and if it is once aolaze then it
will be impossible to extinguish and will set us on fire wit
its flames. «egl.edt or inattention of the above will only
injure me and my mend the British Government. Seeing that
it is impossible for me to mix myself up with tne above sort
of ideas, I am left face to face with a serious and irapenair
danger. What prevents my joining *»»*» with them is the
existence of treaty between my friend the British Government
and myself ana it is out strictest religious duty and
obligation to oe faithful to our promisee, just as God the

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Part 12 concerns British policy regarding the dispute between Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd, also referred to in the correspondence as Ibn Saud] and King Hussein of Hejaz [Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, King of Hejaz]. Much of the correspondence relates to (unsuccessful) efforts by the British to arrange a meeting between the two rulers. The correspondence discusses conditions and arrangements for a proposed meeting at Mecca (as suggested by Bin Saud), immediately after pilgrimage [Hajj].

The correspondence goes on to discuss details of an armistice agreement made between King Hussein's committee and the Nejd deputation, at Mecca. A translation of the agreement states that the two parties agree to end all hostile movements and resume negotiations as soon as possible through the British government.

Also included are the following:

  • details of a proposed gift of £5000 from the British government to Bin Saud (plus an honorary GCIE – Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian Empire);
  • proposals of a payment of £30,000 by the British government to King Hussein, on the condition that the King signs a treaty with Turkey [the Treaty of Sèvres, which began the partitioning of the Ottoman Empire];
  • a copy (in Arabic) of the aforementioned Treaty;
  • news of reports that King Hussein's son, Sherif Feisal [Fayṣal bin Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, also referred to in the correspondence as Amir Feisal], has been crowned King of Syria, and copies of translations of correspondence between Feisal and Bin Saud.

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File 2182/1913 Pt 12 'ARABIA: RELATIONS WITH BIN SAUD (AMIR OF NEJD) (HEJAZ-NEJD BOUNDARY DISPUTE)' [‎183r] (366/448), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/391/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 25 August 2019]

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