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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎64v] (128/536)

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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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Chapter VIII.— Slavery.
222. Five male and three female slaves took refuge in the Legation in May
and June. They were disposed of as follows :—
Manumitted and repatriated : 3 males.
Locally manumitted : 1 male and 1 female.
Left the Legation voluntarily before being dealt with : 1 male.
On hand at end of June : 2 females.
223. The cases of two women of presumed Abyssinian origin were referred
by telegraph to His Majesty’s Minister in Addis Ababa, in pursuance of the
arrangements recommended last year (November-December report, paragraph 78),
with a request that he should ascertain whether the Ethiopian Government would
make itself responsible for them. The matter was still pending at the end of June
and seemed unlikely to go smoothly owing to the difficulty of supplying adequate
particulars, a difficulty likely to arise in the case of all slaves captured in early
childhood and brought up in Arabia.
224. The Hejazi Mission in London made no attempt to reopen the question
of Royal slaves nor was it adverted to in Jedda. The mission took with them as
servant an ex-slave, possibly though not certainly manumitted ad hoc. He proved
an intelligent observer of things seen on the tour.
Chapter IX.— Miscellaneous.
Legation Staff.
225. His Majesty’s Minister returned to Jedda on the 30th May, as already
stated. Probationer Vice-Consul Gamble arrived on the 6th May to take up the
post of an acting vice-consul, attached to the Legation, for the sole purpose of
studying Arabic, subject to a proviso that he might be employed for a strictly
limited time daily on other work in order to learn the routine. Mr. Hope Gill and
Mr. Furlonge both proceeded on leave on the 3rd June, a coincidence resulting
from Mr. Hope Gill's long detention during Sir A. Ryan’s absence.
226. The Malay pilgrimage officer returned to Malaya on the 14th May.
There were some changes in the subordinate personnel of the*me'^cal section.
227. Certain questions of principle connected with deportation were
discussed in a Foreign Office despatch to Jedda of the 4th May. In view of the
arbitrary attitude sometimes taken up by the Hejazi authorities in connexion
with the deportation of British subjects, the Legation was authorised, if it should
think it desirable, to endeavour to obtain some reciprocal agreement with the
Hejazi Government for a more rigid application of the usual international
procedure, but the Foreign Office expressed the view, which Sir A. Ryan shared,
that it would be better, instead of inviting a general discussion of principles, to
try to get that Government to apply such practice in individual cases.
228. In one case the Sudan Government sent to Jedda a person, believed to
be a Hejazi, who had entered the Sudan irregularly, without awaiting the formal
assent of the Hejazi Government. The latter asked rather insistently that he
should be sent back to the Sudan, but it was possible to put the matter to them in
such a way that they did not return to the charge up to the 30th June. The man
was at least half-crazy and had assumed many names (including that of President
Hindenburg) at various times, so that his actual origin was hard to determine.

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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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