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'File 8/7 I Jidda Intelligence Reports' [‎243r] (485/536)

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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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not e«a*e ia bo j*c-..ardva \y British tuthoriUefi ec
Sul^e^o or British Proteutsd Persons *pcr«ly because -clity had
acquired Saudi nationality under Article X of the Saudi National!
LaT7. his Ilaiesty’a Government \mld not, however, claim to
afford protection to these persons v:hile they remained on Saudi
250. The Saut al 'eja^ early in October published a abort
para-ranh, obviously reproduced .^rom the Egyptian or Palestine
press in rliich similar notices had already appeared, stating that
a Japanese mission is reported to intend paying a visit to this
country to select a largo number of younc men, between the ages o
20 and 25 years, of a certain education with a view to sending the
to Japan co complete their studies. ‘hat appears to bo an
lusty "canard" also emanated from Egypt that the Japanese
Government have appointed a certain Muhammad Al Sanoaf to be
choir representative in Saudi Arabia.
257. Oelal Bey, the ‘furbish Charge and M,Adriaanss, the
, returnecy'
Dutch Charge, to Jed da from leave in Europe on the 14-th
and 2Gth October respectively.
25S. ‘The first pilrgim ship to arrive was the 8. 3. "Polyphemus"
bringing on the 31 st October 732 pilgrims from the Dutch Bast
Indies and Malaya.
259. The Saudi Oovernnent in spite of sevcial reminders,
had not at the end of the month been able to supply the Legation
vith their official tariff of dues. etc. for the forthcoming Taj
season. vhc Ministry of finance, however, informed his Majesty’s
Charge d’Af-aires caGegortcariy that the official tariff for 1935,
which v/as In course of being printed as part of the Pilgrimage hrU
published annually in Mecca, was exactly the sane as that of last
year. British authorities concerned have been, therefore,
notified to that effect.

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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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