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'22/16 Mr Philby's Mission to Najd - 1918.' [‎113r] (225/538)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (269 folios). It was created in 2 Feb 1918-2 Nov 1925. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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The volume comprises telegrams, despatches, correspondence, memoranda, and notes relating to the Najd mission to Ibn Sa‘ūd by Harry St John Bridger Philby, Political Officer. Correspondence mainly concerns the dispatch and arrival of supplies for St John Philby: tea, tobacco, film, ammunition and arms, camping equipment, and medical supplies. After some correspondence (folio 64) St John Philby, signs his name and 'Pol Dept' thereafter. St John Philby also requests tents for Ibn Sa‘ūd. After St John Philby's mission is finished, arrangements are made to send his kit to his brother Ralph Montague Philby, Naval Transport Officer, Basra.

Correspondence also discusses the dispatch of geological and natural history specimens to the Bombay Natural History Society. The volume includes correspondence in Arabic with Ahmad El Jaber Es Subah and Abdullah en-Nafisi who were helping with the supply operation.

Correspondents include: Harry St John Bridger Philby, Political Department, 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 Kuwait; (Percy Gordon Loch; Daniel Vincent McCallum) Director of Sea Transport, Basrah; Deputy Civil Commissioner, Basrah Wilayet; Officer Commanding, H.T. Kalika .

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1 volume (269 folios)

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volume.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 269; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 1-267; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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'22/16 Mr Philby's Mission to Najd - 1918.' [‎113r] (225/538), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/R/15/5/66, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 23 July 2024]

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