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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎8r] (15/536)

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The record is made up of 1 file (266 folios). It was created in Jul 1931-Dec 1934. It was written in English. 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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form to the Dahra Agreement of 1925, i.e., signed by the Hejazi Govern
ment and a British Plenipotentiary on behalf of the Trans-Jordan Govern
ment. In that case Sir A. Ryan should negotiate and sign as plenipoten
tiary, Mr. Kirkbride acting merely as his expert adviser. The High
Commissioner for Trans-Jordan replied on August 21 that the Amir
Abdullah would not agree, but that he insisted on requesting that the agree
ment should be made by His Majesty’s Government as Mandatory and
subsequently applied to Trans-Jordan by local legislation. There the
matter has rested.
28. Mutual Recovery of Loot .—The Hejazi Government’s statement
that, although many Trans-Jordan raiders were entering the Hejaz-Nejd
with the loot they had previously taken from Hejaz-Nejd tribesmen, the
Government were prepared to forego its recovery until Captain Glubb and
Ibn Seyd had met and agreed thereon, provided that Trans-Jordan should
do likewise (see May-June Report paragraph 30), was but coldly received
in Trans-Jordan. The latter preferred to keep a free hand, suspecting the
proposal as designed to seduce Trans-Jordan tribes from their allegiance.
The matter was accordingly allowed to drop in the hope that it would soon
be superseded by the happy results of the Glubb-Ibn Seyd meetings.
29. Allegations against Captain Glubb .—On July 5 the Hejazi Gov
ernment reminded His Majesty s Minister that they nad not received any
reply to their note of June 3, in which were enumerated various misdeeds
alleged against Captadn Glubb (see May-June Report paragraph 29). At
the end of July His Majesty’s Charge d’ Affaires received from the High
Commissioner for Trans-Jordan a copy of Captain Glubb’s remarks on the
allegations, dated June 14 and running into a dozen close-typed sheets. A
few days previously he had received instructions form His Majesty’s Gov
ernment to base on this report a reasoned reply to the Hejazi allegations of
June 3, and at the same time to make it clear that His Majesty’s Govern
ment strongly resented such baseless accusations levelled against a British
officer whose reply showed the patience and loyalty with which he had work
ed and justified the confidence which His Majesty’s and the Trans-Jordan
Governments originally placed in him and continued to hold.
30. Before the draft of a reasoned reply, there were two points of
detail on which His Majesty s Charge d’ Ana'ires had to seek eniigntenment
from Trans-Jordan (in a telegram dated August 1), and also a point of
principle concerning one case of “retaliatory confiscation” to use the Hejazi
term, which he referred to His Majesty’s Government at the same time for
further instructions. The latter replied that they preferred for reasons of
policy not to have conveyed to the Hejazi Government any endorsement of
Captain Glubb’s action in this case, even though the confiscation was made
in exceptional circumstances, but rather to let the gist of his report on the
incident speak for itself. No reply having been received from Trans
jordan, further telegraphic enquiry was made on August 13 but no reply
was forthcoming by the end of the month. Mr. Hope Gill’s reply to the
Hejazi Note of June 3 was therefore held up.
31. MacDonnelVs Investigation .— His Majesty's Government’s arbitral
finding on raid claims prior to the 1st August 1930 was communicated to
the Hejazi Government on August 12. It was worded as follows :
His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom have considered
the report submitted to them by Mr. MacDonnell on the
results of his investigation into the claims arising from raids
from the Hejaz-Nejd into Trans-Jordan and from Trans-Jordan
into the Hejaz-Nejd which took place before August 1, 1930.
Owing to the insufficient and often contradictory nature of
the information and evidence furnished to Mr. MacDonnell;
to the length of time which has elapsed since the dates of many
of the raids involved; and owing moreover to the fact that the
conditions under which Mr. MacDonnell was obliged to carry

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The file contains intelligence reports on the Kingdom of Hejaz, Najd and its Dependencies (after September 1932, Saudi Arabia) written by the British Legation at Jeddah.

Between July 1931 and December 1932 the reports are issued every two months, with the exception of the January-March 1932 and April 1932 reports. From January 1933 the reports are sent on a monthly basis.

Between July 1931 and December 1932, each report is divided into sections, numbered with Roman numerals from I to IX, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions; Relations with States outside Arabia; Air Matters; Military Matters; Naval Matters; Pilgrimage; Slavery; and Miscellaneous. Each section is then further divided into parts relating to a particular matter or place, under a sub-heading. Some reports contain an annex.

From January 1933, when the reports become monthly, they take a new format. Each is divided into sections, as follows: Internal Affairs; Frontier Questions and Foreign Relations in Arabia; Relations with Powers Outside Arabia; Miscellaneous (often containing information on slavery and the pilgrimage).

Most reports are preceded by the covering letters from the Government of India, who distributed them to Political Offices in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and elsewhere, and the original covering letter from the Jeddah Legation, who would send them to the Government of India and Government departments in London. From May 1933, most reports were sent directly to 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 from Jeddah.

Up until January 1933, each report began with an index giving a breakdown of the sections with references to the corresponding paragraph number. From January 1933 onwards no index is included.

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1 file (266 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover and terminates at the back cover; 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 incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 6-11; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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