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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎156r] (311/536)

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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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40. Mr.Bates remained in Jedda throughout the month
and had by the end of it collected some 300 specimens of
birds comprising nearly a hundred distinct varieties,
some.extremely rare. Mr.Gent was in Jedda on the
business of the Ford Co. (See para.29 above) and left on
February 28. The same day there arrived Mr. D'Arcy
7/eatherbe to stay a few days at the Legation and inter r i' 1
explore the possibilities of Jedda as a place for fisn: : ...
in which he is an expert. Mr.D.Black of Gellatly,Han:;:;y
& Co. arrived on February 14 to take over the managemcrv,
of their local branch from Mr.A. J.Varner, who lias been in
charge of it for some three years.
41, Mr. A. S.Calvert left Jedda on February 4 intending
to visit the Transjordan desert, by arrangement between the
various authorities concerned before proceeding on leave.
42. Pilgrimage prospects continue to be distinctly
better. Talaat Pacha Haro (para,8 of the January report)
abandoned a plan for bringing over a hundred Egyptian
notables on a trial trip to Medina in February but he is
still active in Egypt and it is understood that some 30C0
pilgrims may be expected from that country. There is no
local confirmation of the statement in the Near East and India
of February 15 that arrangements have been made to bring
some of them by air. Persians are expected to be a good
deal more numerous than in 1932 nnd 1S33.
:he
important arrivals of British pilgrim^ ships in February vw.w,
43. From India 3 ships carrying a total of 3,855
British Indians and 878 other pilgrims. From the Strait.:.
Settlements 2 ships carrying a total of 559 pilgrims.
44. , The position in regard to the manumission of slaves
in February was as follows
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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)
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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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