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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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the Sharif. These latter are collecting large numbers of
men from among the followers of Mukhlid bin »Afair of
al-’Awafir (tribe) and Zaiyad as-Safaiyani of Nafaah
(tribe) and Hadhlul and al-Hanshar (tribes). There has
been already a sharp figh-^bbtween themi resulting in 30
killed and two country houses burnt in Kilakh, one being
the well-known *^asr-ibn-Salah*. All the above, have
been writing to me recently but their evil intentions
are for•them alone. Robbery and evils prevail among
them. I wanted to go out (touring) as usual at this
time so that I might prevent the robbery and evil acts
Qf these men and the Ashraf at and near Taif who, too,
nave been writing to me. The only answer I have returned
is that whosoever would like to come over to our side
must seve* all connection with Sharif and his subjects
and tnat on doing so, he will have nothing to gear those
who obey the Sharif, I wrote, and who follow his ways
must be regarded as he is regarded himself (enemy) You
understand these affairs too well to need explaining at
length. These cannot be neglected and ignored any longer
or there will be serious consequences. Had I not been
informed that you were going to Hassa, I should certainly
have come and seen you personally about these and other
matters that weigh on my mind. This is all and I await
a reply. Usual Ending.
Translation of a letter dated 18th Bahia*-ath-Thani
1338 (= 11th January 1920) from King Husain to ’Aaidh
bin Muharis.
Monogram Seal
Illegible. Al-Husain bin Ali.
• in the name of God, etc. etc.
From - Al-Husain bin Ali.
To - 1 Aaidh bin Muharris.
After Compliments,

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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)' [‎198r] (397/448), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/10/391/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 22 July 2019]

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