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File 2182/1913 Pt 11 'Arabia: relations with BIN SAUD Hedjaz-Nejd Dispute' [‎361r] (276/678)

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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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155* (a) Wh have roughly 8 n| upward mail every 8 days and a
d own ward mail every 14 days. Last downward mail failed to
turn up, this leaves much to be desired. There is ample scope
here for two boats from India per week and one b oat to Indi a.
(he hopes as shipping is released that Bahrain will get its
share of more steamers. S .S J 1 Palitana" arrived today Sunday
7th and leaves for Basrah tomorrow 8 th.
(b) I still have complaints of grave over-crowding on the
British India coastal steamers. I personally witnessed m
instance of this on my journey here from Basrah. (hr ship
the " Faljat sna" was authorised to carry somewhere ab cut 6 00
deck passengers but actually had on board 1200 between Euwait
and Bushire . The fault was not with the Captain but rather
with the .Agents at Basrah, Muhammerah and Kuwait who put
passengers on board against the Captain's will.
(c) Merchants in-Bahrain have recently complained about the
many ^bberies which take place on the coastal steamers
between Bombay and Bahrain. They say bags of such articles
as sugar rice etc. are frequently filled with sand or gram
and often are missing altogether.
(d) The I „G J 1 .S "Patrick Stewart” recently ran down and sank
a local dhow, m enquiry has been held today 6 th December
and the Court has found the Commander of the "Patrick Stewart"
ft ,
n ot^ b 1 ame •
154. No rain has fallen yet. The weather is slightly overcast
and for the last week a slight South wind has blown. The
temperature is muggy and unpleasant. The sea is c&lm - a
little rain has fallen on the Qatar peninsula , but noae yet
in Nejd.
155. (cU) Shaikh Muhammad al Bahama Al Bashri of Bandar Towan a,
Nakhl Lenir (Persia) arrived here on 29th November on a visit

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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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