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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎4v] (8/434)

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The record is made up of 1 file (214 folios). It was created in 31 Aug 1933-20 Mar 1939. 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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(Received on 11th March 1933, with Political Secretary’s letter No. 8, dated 23rd
February 1933.)
Enclosure in Foreign Office covering letter, dated 15th February 1933,
Letter from the Admirai/ty, to the 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. , No. M.-0195|33, dated the
15th February 1933.
I am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit
for the information of the Secretary of State for India in Council extracts from
a report of proceedings of the Senior Officer, Red Sea Sloops in H. M. S.
Hastings covering the period 1st to 30th November 1932.
Enclosure to Serial No. (6).
Extracts from a report of proceedings of the Senior Officer, Red Sea Sloops
in H. M. S. Hastings, No. 20!l|8, dated the 5th December 1932, covering
the period 1st to 30th November 1932.
4. Slavery.--■I was unable to gain any real information with regard to slav6
traffic. The Vice-Consul was confident that it was still going on but on a very
small scale. He believes seldom more than 3 slaves at a time are shipped and
often only one. Small Sambouks are used and adults are not as a rule dealt
in. The Chef de Cabinet in the course of conversation only reiterated what
French officials have been saying for years, i.e., that slave traffic through French
Somaliland is non-existent ; that the coast is tob well patrblled. I ascertained
that the coast from the head of the Gulf of Tajura to Raheta a distance of 115
miles was in charge of a District Commissioner with a small party of native
camelry stationed at Obak so it is doubtful if the patrol is in any way effective.
The District Commissioner is the only European official employed in this region.
There seems little prospect of combating the trade until the French take an
active interest. Mr. Lowe assured me that there would be no difficulty in the
French authorities obtaining information if they really wanted to.
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6. Ras-al-Ara. * *****
In the evening of 13th November, having received information of a rising
in Asir by the Idrissi against Ibn Sa’ud’s suzerainty, proceeded to Aden to
Store and fuel.
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On reaching the vicinity of Hodeida it was realised that it would be im
practicable to land so course was shaped for Kamatran arriving at 1600.
Kamaran.—The Administrator, Captain Wickham, visited the ship shortly
afterwards. He had no fresh information regarding affairs in Asir except a
rumour that the attack by the Idflssians on Gizan had failed for the present.
9. On 18th November, Captain Wickham received a personal letter from
Seyyid Abid al Idrissi (nephew of the Idrissi) announcing a revolt due to Sa’udi
oppression, and the restoration of the Idrissi’s authority in Asir. Abid en
quired as to the attitude of the British Government and under what conditions
they would contemplate an agreement. The purport of this letter was passed
to the Chief Commissioner, Aden.
About the same time unconfirmed reports announced the capture of Sabia
and Gizan by the Idrissians.
On 20th November information was received that Ibn Sa’ud had re-captnred
Gizan, having sent troops by sea and attacked under cover of darkness.
10. Hodeida .—The weather having moderated I sailed early on 21st Novem
ber for HODEIDA and arrived at 1115
The Political Clerk, Mohamed Saleh Jaffar came on board on arrival and
a salute was fired on ascertaining that the local authorities were prepared to
return it.

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The file contains the Foreign Office confidential prints of the Arabia Series for the years 1933 to 1938. It includes correspondence, memoranda, and extracts from newspapers. The correspondence is principally between the British Legation in Jedda and the Foreign Office. Other correspondents include British diplomatic, political, and military offices, foreign diplomats, heads of state, tribal leaders, corporations, and individuals in the Middle East region.

Each annual series is composed of several numbered serials that are often connected to a particular subject. The file covers many subjects related to the affairs of Saudi Arabia.

Included in the file are the following:

  • a memorandum on Arab Unity produced by the Foreign Office dated 12 June 1933 (author unknown), folios 11-13;
  • a memorandum on petroleum in Arabia produced by the Petroleum Department dated 5 August 1933 (author unknown), folios 23-26;
  • a record of interviews with Ibn Sa‘ūd, King of Saudi Arabia, conducted by Reader Bullard and George William Rendel between 20 and 22 March 1937;
  • a memorandum on Yemen by Captain B W Seager, the Frontier Officer, dated 20 July 1937;
  • several records of proceedings of ships on patrol in the Red Sea, including that of HMS Penzance , Hastings , Colombo , Bideford , and Londonderry .

Folios 213-15 are internal office notes.

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1 file (214 folios)

The file is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 217; 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 also present in parallel between ff 2-215; 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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