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Coll 6/36(1) 'Transjordan-Nejd Frontier Affairs.' [‎8r] (26/932)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (462 folios). It was created in 9 Jul 1932-15 Nov 1932. It was written in English and French. 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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part the Amir ^ould prospt Ihn Baud t® demand some
mrt of reciprocity in Trans-Jox’dan^, as there wm
nothing in f frane«Jordan similar to the Bashimite
property in the Hedjaa* In this connection Mr«Williams
called attention to a recent rexport from Baghdad that
the Saudi an Government had just passed a law forbidding
agents to administer the properties of absentee land
lords e Sir A 0 Wauchope pointed out that the property
in question was not Abdulla 3 s own 9 hut belonged to
the Sherifian family and that in fact exalting All ms
mors directly oonoerned^ It was decided that a way
might be found to meet Abdulla*s wishes in this respect
by appointing an agent whose duty it would be to watch
over the interests of all the Bherifian properties in _
Saudi eh e Sir Andrew Eyan considered^ and the meeting
agreed* tlmt this arrangement might well be negotiated
at the same time as* but not as part of, the Treaty,
(b) Permission to perform the pilgrimage *
Sir Andrew Byan thought that there was no
doubt that even in present conditions Xbn Baud could
not^ in view of his special position among Moslems,
refuse Abdulla permission to perform the pilgrimage^
although in the unlikely event of its being sought, he
might not be received with honour appropriate to his
position® If a Treaty were concluded* no difficulty
need be anticipated in this respect*
(©) Recognition by Xbn Baud of the dg fagtg
southern frontier of T0ans«lordan•
This particular request of the Amir had been
discussed at the previous meeting and it had been agreed
that it must he ruled out. Further discussion, however,

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This volume, which largely consists of copies of Foreign Office and Colonial Office correspondence, concerns affairs on the Nejd-Transjordan frontier and relations between Hejaz-Nejd (later Saudi Arabia) and Transjordan generally.

The beginning of the volume's correspondence follows on from IOR/L/PS/12/2096, documenting the British Government's response to a revolt against Ibn Saud [‘Abd al-‘Azīz bin ‘Abd al-Raḥmān bin Fayṣal Āl Sa‘ūd] in the northern part of the Hejaz, led by Ibn Rifada [Shaikh Hamid Ibn Rifadah].

The correspondence includes discussion of the following:

  • Reports of tribesmen crossing the frontier from Transjordan into the Hejaz.
  • Accounts of meetings between the High Commissioner for Transjordan (Arthur Grenfell Wauchope) and Amir Abdullah [ʿAbdullāh bin Ḥusayn al-Hāshimī].
  • Suspicions that Amir Abdullah could be assisting the revolt.
  • Reports of the death of Ibn Rifada and his two sons.
  • Reports of an alleged conspiracy against Ibn Saud, attributed to Hussein ad-Dabbagh.
  • The likelihood of an agreement being concluded between Hejaz-Nejd and Transjordan, possibly along similar lines to a recent agreement between the Hejaz-Nejd and Iraq governments.
  • King Feisal of Iraq's proposal to intervene to improve relations between Ibn Saud and Amir Abdullah.
  • Plans for the expulsion of Beni Atiya [Beni ‘Atīyah] tribesmen from Transjordan into Saudi Arabia.

The volume's principal correspondents are the following: His Majesty's Minister at Jedda (Sir Andrew Ryan); the High Commissioner, Transjordan (Arthur Grenfell Wauchope); the High Commissioner, Egypt (Sir Percy Loraine); the High Commissioner, Iraq (Francis Henry Humphrys); the British Resident, Transjordan (Charles Henry Fortnom Cox); His Majesty's Chargé d’Affaires to Jedda (Cecil Gervase Hope Gill); the Secretary of State for the Colonies (Philip Cunliffe-Lister); officials of the Foreign Office and Colonial Office.

In addition to correspondence, the volume contains the following:

The French material in this volume consists of one newspaper cutting.

The volume includes a divider which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the volume by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.

Extent and format
1 volume (462 folios)

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

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the first folio with 1 and terminates at the last folio with 458; 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 148-191; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled. The foliation sequence does not include the front and back covers, nor does it include the two leading and ending flyleaves.

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