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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎5r] (9/434)

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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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11. Saleh Jaffer informed me that the Governor Saif-al-Islam al Hussein,
fourth son of the Iman, was sick and that the Assistant Governor, Kazi Ali Bin
Hussein Al-Amri would receive my call. I landed at 1600 and was met by
a guard and band about 120 strong and several of the principal Officials of the
district were presented to me before proceeding to the Government Offices.
My reception was most friendly and it was obvious that a visit from one of
H. M. Ships was considered an honour. The Governor sent a message saying
how sorry he was not to be able to meet me. He invited me to send a telegram
to the Iman which I did expressing pleasure at the opportunity of visiting
HOD El DA and appreciation of my reception. The Iman replied thanking me
for my message and welcoming our arrival.
Later in the day a dhow came off bringing gifts from the Governor con
sisting of 2 oxen, 3 sheep, chickens, eggs, coffee, and bananas. In return I sent
some cases of tinned fruits, jams and syrup, which it is believed are appreciated.
12. The following morning the Acting Governor accompanied by Saleh
Jaffer and three members of Al Hussein’s Staff returned my call. He was
showm over the ship in which he displayed great interest and expressed a hope
that we would pay more frequent visits to HODE1DA. As he was unquestion
ably acting in the place of the Governor who was sick, I gave him a salute^ of
15 guns on leaving, this being the number accorded by British and Italian
warships on previous visits.
From information obtained from the Political Clerk, it appears that the
Iman, while secretly encouraging the revolt in ASIR, is not giving any open
Proceeded at 1130 and returned to K AM ARAN.
13. Kamaran ,—On 21st November about 95 refugees including 50 male
adults, arrived, mostly from GIZAN ; amongst these were Seyyid Abid,
accompanied by his cousin Seyyid Hussein and a party of 30. Abid had hoped
to receive an answer to his letter with request for an agreement and handed
a further letter to the Administrator with definite suggestions including pro
posals for a grant by the Idrissi of Oil and Salt concessions in FARTS AN and
GTZAN respectively'in return for help. The text of this letter was passed to
14. Abid accompanied by Hussein called on me on 23rd November. He was in
formed beforehand that I could in no way discuss the rights and wrongs of the
political situation ; an arrangement to which he endeavoured to comply but
w r as unable to resist, expressing bitter feelings against Ibn Sa’ud stating also
that all the Idrissians needed were arms and ammunition and that they were
more afraid of the Iman than Ibn Sa’ud.
In the course of conversation he mentioned having visited H. M. S* “ ODIN ”
some years ago at GIZAN and asked why no British Warships came there now.
Abid is a pleasant, plausible fellow with a keen sense of humour and his
troubles do not appear to weigh heavily upon him. Hussein had little to say.
15. On 24th November Abid was informed by the Administrator that he
must leave the island and he sailed for MASSAWA on the 25th. Later it was
reported that, on encountering some Idrissian dhows and hearing that the
Idrissi was about to start a new offensive, he transhipped, sent his family on
to MASSAWA, and landed at MADAYA (about half way between GIZAN and
MEDI). Confirmation of this has been received and it is since reported that
SABI A and the Wells at GIZAN have been recovered by the Idyissians. The
Sa’udi troops in GIZAN are obtaining water from FARISAN.
A wounded Saudi soldier who arrived with two others from GIZAN on 23rd
November is being treated in the hospital.
Proceeded on patrol w'est of the reef area at 1600 on 30th November.
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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.

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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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