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File 2182/1913 Pt 10 'N.W. Frontier: Proposed Russian zoological expedition' [‎485ar] (564/664)

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The record is made up of 1 item (330 folios). It was created in 28 May 1919-13 Jan 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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pyoceedei w.tto aa it la coasiderel Hewaaary and t^t a
light Cruiser my he seat to dgypt to amit deveD^eate
(?rt<fuir6i to) take BE 0 Y place tempo^rily
otoaerviDg if operations (Tare) necessai*y at Jeddah
BHSfOJff baa not sufficient equipm nt to cope with situation. T'dPAZB is not available as a he la at HOdeida (?where,
villitary Garrison are without (kxns or consawnication
and similar situation to Jeddah Is not nlikely to arise*
Appreciation of situation mu contained in my 1050 14th <?
June I am proceeding to Cairo 17th June to (ycommlt with)
Hi^h COis ;issioner 4 # nnd Hr?*b Bureau and will make further
reoort there* Letters of an unsatisfactory nature were
received from (?Ihn) safud IHth June and pending rep^y
irom H*W.aovt (?it is) hoped thst there will not he
lOTed nte resumption of hoatillties# in the event of
evacuation of Jeddah Transport (? would, he) required for
(?at ler ^t) 7000 end 1 consider Light Crulaer as suggested
above together with K.E.S. CLIO would he sufficient to
cover embarkation* (?in event of) at0 ck hy forces {?Ihn,
Safud on je dab consider larger Mav^l force© would he of
little v^se as Town is now entirely defenceless and would
he rushed at night distance of anchorage frora shore and
extreme s^lhI lowness of water for h^t work ^ke lia^l co
oper tion very difficult. Jhovld it he deciaei to f^xuijon
and hold jfeddnh large (tl^litary) force would he mommry
together with cruisers as suggested above*
Sent, to Admiral tv* i.eposted to C-in-* iiiedn Afloat*

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The title provided at the beginning of this item does not relate in any way to the item's contents. Part 10 is in fact concerned with the dispute between Bin Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] and King Hussein of Hejaz [Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī, King of Hejaz], and British policy towards both.

The item begins with reports that Bin Saud's Akhwan [Ikhwan] forces have advanced to Tarabah (also spelled Turaba in the correspondence) [Turabah], in Hejaz, and includes details of His Majesty's Government's proposed response, which is to inform Bin Saud that if he does not withdraw his forces from Hejaz and Khurma then the rest of his subsidy will be discontinued and he will lose all advantages secured under the treaty of 1915. Included are the following:

  • copies of translations of correspondence between Bin Saud and King Hussein;
  • discussion as to whether the British should send aeroplanes to assist King Hussein;
  • minutes of inter-departmental meetings between representatives of the 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. , the War Office, the Foreign Office, and the Treasury, on the subject of Bin Saud, held at the Foreign Office and chaired by the Foreign Secretary, Earl Curzon of Kedleston [George Nathaniel Curzon];
  • discussion as to how the British should respond in the event of Bin Saud's Wahabi [Wahhabi] forces taking Mecca and advancing on Jeddah, which it is anticipated may result in the evacuation of a large number of Arabs and British Indians;
  • discussion regarding a proposed meeting between Harry St John Bridger Philby and Bin Saud on the Gulf coast;
  • a report by Captain Herbert Garland [Director of the Arab Bureau, Cairo], entitled 'Note on the Khurma Dispute Between King Hussein and Ibn Saud';
  • a document entitled 'Translation of a Memorandum on the Wahabite [sic] Crisis', addressed to the High Commissioner, Egypt, by Emir Feisal [Fayṣal bin Ḥusayn bin ‘Alī al-Hāshimī], in which Feisal implores the British to take military action against the Wahabi movement;
  • copies of translations of letters addressed to Bin Rashid [Saʿūd bin ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz Āl Rashīd], from Bin Saud and King Hussein respectively, which provide the perspectives of both on recent events at Khurma and Tarabah;
  • a memorandum from the Foreign Office's Political Intelligence Department, entitled 'Memorandum on British Commitments to Bin Saud'.

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This item also contains translated copies of correspondence between Hussein and the then High Commissioner at Cairo, Sir Arthur Henry McMahon [commonly referred to as the McMahon-Hussein correspondence], dating from July 1915 to January 1916.

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