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File 2182/1913 Pt 11 'Arabia: relations with BIN SAUD Hedjaz-Nejd Dispute' [‎350r] (254/678)

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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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that a great deal of his big talk was
w hakki
diwan i.e. meatlt^
for the public ears* He said that 300,000 rifle men were >■’
now at his beck and calli He had only to say "Jehad* and the
whole of Arabia would blaze. (l saw a veiled threat in this)
At the end of the meeting I asked for a private interview.
This was at once granted. I conversed for 2 hours on confident-
ial matter. This converstion will be reported separately.
I left the audience chamber at l.P.M. and at 3 rode to the hot
springs 4 miles from Hufuf. A pretty sight. Water quite hot
many people bathing including several pretty women discretly
garbed. At 5 P.M. I returned to write my despatch to Baghdad.
Most difficult to put all Bin Baud said in report form. He
dealt with so many subjects and talked such a lot. Hufuf is
now full of the wildest looking Bedouin I have ever set mg ysss
eyes on. They are mostly Manesir, A1 Hurrah Bani Yas, Bani
Hajir and Qahtan tribesmen. Wilder than anything I have yet
seen. My presence in Hufuf of course causes much gossip and
not a little staring. Bin Baud and Bin Jiluvi are kindness
itself, and could not be more hospitable. I am allowed to
purchase nothing in the food line and an armed guard and 5
personal servants are at my disposal from morning till night.
Qusaibi also cannot do enough for me. Yufiuf Kanoo is a host
in himself.
Again spent quiet morning working at telegrams. In
afternoon Imam called on me and sat for 1 hour explaining his
methods of Government, and telling me of his wars with Bin
Kachid the Turks and recalcitrant^ Arabs. His story of the
captures of Riadh and Hufuf were very interesting. The former
ran as follows. He left his standing camp in the Batin between
Kuwait and Hail as a bait for Bin Rachid. He knew the latter
was moving to round him up, he himself with 40 men by long
and strenuous marching one fine day fatched up at Riadh. He
entered the town secretly and seized the house next to that
in which was the wife of the Commander of the castle. That
night his party entered the ladies house and occupied it till

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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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