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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎6v] (12/434)

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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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15. Bal Haf. —I reported the complaint to the Chief Commissioner and pro
ceeded to BAL HAF. The Sultan was friendly but somewhat deaf and loqua
cious. 1 believe he felt that the ship had been sent specially to BAL HAF
on account of the existing circumstances. The result of my proceedings are
reported in Enclosure No. 2 herewith. At both places we were well received.
Gifts of honey, fruit and a goat were presented during our visits to
MUKALA. BIR ALI and BAL HAF, and suitable presents sent in return.
Enclosure 2 to Serial No. (10).
Admiralty, S. W.
Enclosure No. 2 to 8. 0. R. S. 8., No. 7\A.-1 of 8th January 1933.
Telegram from Hastings, to Chief Commissioner, Aden, dated the 20th
December 1932.
Important. Representative Sultan Bir Ali reports 2 dhows and 6 villagers
from Bir Ali detained illegally at Bal Haf. Do you wish any action taken to
obtain release.
Telegrajm from Chief Commissioner, Aden, to Hastings, dated the 20th
December 1932.
Important. Your 1249. Please advise Representative BAL HAF to
release Bir Ali dhows and villagers if report confirmed. He may be told that
if they have not been released before your departure he will incur my dis
Enclosure 3 to Serial No. (10).
Letter from the Captain H. M. S. Hastings at Sea., to the Chief Commissioner,
Aden, da<ted the 21st December 1932.
I beg to report that I interviewed the Sultan of Bal Haf this morning and
informed him of your message 1956 of 20th December, having ascertained
previously that the report from BIR ALI was correct.
2. On request I gave him written instructions to release the dhows and their
crews*. He then stated that the crews had already been released shortly before
the arrival of H. M. S. “ HASTINGS ” (1600—20th December), but that the
dhows were still at BAL HAF. After some discussion he promised to send a
message to BIR ALI forthwith requesting that men should be sent to take them
3. It apears that the dhows were detained as a reprisal for the theft of four
canoes from the fishing village of JILLAA. The canoes were not actually stolen
by the Bir Ali but by a Bedouin tribe (Ahl-el-Adin from AL-HAMIA). Bal
Haf stated that this* Bedouin tribe were close friends of the Bir Ali and that
the latter had incited and paid the former to commit the crime.
4. He also stated that he is always ready to obey the instructions of the
British Government but that hfs tribe are very indignant at the loss of the
canoes and he fears there may be trouble if the canoes are not returned or
compensation paid.
Memorandum from His Majesty's Minister, Jedda, No. 20 (626jl60|5), dated the
3rd March 1933.
His Majesty's Minister at Jedda presents his compliments to His Excellency
the Viceroy of India, (Foreign Department), New Delhi, and has the honour to
transmit to him the undennentioned documents.
Description of Enclosure.
Name and date. Subject.
Foreign Office. Dcsoatcb No. 72 (618! Economic Development in Sa’udi
15015) of the 3rd March 1933 and Arabia,

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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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