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File 2182/1913 Pt 11 'Arabia: relations with BIN SAUD Hedjaz-Nejd Dispute' [‎323r] (200/678)

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The record is made up of 1 item (336 folios). It was created in 16 Oct 1919-28 May 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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Armenians which made them to cry out and excited the inhabi
tants of the valley whey were in their vicinity, whom God
helped against him and madd him run away and they took back
’’Tarabah” and I went to it. And I received $ etter from His
MajestyVs representative at Jeddah which was not fit to be
addressed to me from the High Government, Then I returned and
informed all the people in Najd that His Majesty’s Government
requested me to withdraw as the Shareef had begged them, and
I was not expecting from Government except two things: firstly
that they would remonstrate with the Shareef for his a,ggre-
ssive acts against my territories; secondly, that they would
help me in accordance with the treaty concluded between them
and myself; but I saw nothing of this. On the contrary, they
stopped the subsidy about which every body came to know.
Furthermore, last year we intended to proceed to Mecca for the
performance of n Haj” (pilgrimage), which is one of the most
important duties of a Moslem, but the High Government reques
ted me to give up the intention, which I did for their sake
only, a nd po stponed, it for the next year, and afterwards gave
it up entirely owing to Government having been very busy with
War and Peace affairs. On the return of my son, Faisal A1
Abdul Aziz and Ahmad A1 Thanyan from their journey, they
submitted to me copy of the conversation, and informed me that-
they did not notice any mention of me in those quarters. This
really displeased me and it is not through any fear of my
reputation or any covetousness for the world that I desire
this. My honour and reputation is patent to &11, high and low
and as for means of living, Almighty God alone is responsible
therefor ; but then I percieved disregard and coolness incre%-
sing in regard to all questions and my assistance and actions
during the great war were not mentioned any where, as I have
stated above, while the actions of others are mentioned in
every conference and assembly of His Majesty’s Government*
I am , therefore, afraid that lest, by negligence, any
harm should occur or any evil movement should take place which
I have explained to your honour now. God be praised I I am

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Part 11 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] over Khurma and Tarabah [Turabah]. Much of the correspondence documents the efforts of the British to persuade the two leaders to agree to meet. It is initially proposed that the two should meet at Jeddah; however, it is reported by the Civil Commissioner, Baghdad, that Bin Saud refuses to meet King Hussein at Jeddah, Aden, or Cairo, and suggests a meeting at Baghdad instead. A number of other possibilities are discussed, including the following: the Secretary of State for India's proposal of a meeting of plenipotentiaries, either at Khurma or Tarabah, as an alternative to a meeting between the two leaders themselves; a suggestion by the High Commissioner, Egypt, that the two leaders meet in London; a proposal from Lord Curzon [George Nathaniel Curzon], Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, that Bin Saud should be induced to meet King Hussein on board a British ship at Jeddah, or, as is later suggested, at Aden.

Also included are the following:

  • an account from Captain Norman Napier Evelyn Bray, political officer in charge of the Nejd Mission, which recounts the last days of the mission's stay in Paris, in late December 1919;
  • a report from the High Commissioner, Egypt, on his recent meeting with King Hussein, which relays the latter's views on the allocation of control of Syria to France;
  • discussion regarding the growing power and influence of Bin Saud's Akhwan [Ikhwan] forces;
  • a note on the dispute by Harry St John Bridger, in which he volunteers to induce Bin Saud to agree to a meeting at any place (outside of Hejaz) suggested by His Majesty's Government;
  • memoranda and diary entries written by the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Bahrain, Major Harold Richard Patrick Dickson, all of which discuss at length Dickson's interviews with Bin Saud at Hasa [Al Hasa] in January and February 1920;
  • extracts from a report by the British Agent, Jeddah, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Edwin Vickery, which recounts his recent interviews with King Hussein and the King's son, Emir Abdullah [ʿAbdullāh bin Ḥusayn al-Hāshimī].

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