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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎10v] (20/434)

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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. In view, however, of the uncertainty that must, in the nature of Arab
tribal polity, still exist as to the actual accession of an heir-apparent on the death
of a ruling Chief, I consider that official recognition of a pre-elected successor would
seldom be effective, and ought not to be accorded.
12. While, therefore, I am sympathetic towards the efforts of the Sultan of
Lahej to protect the admirable results of his organisation and industry in Lahej from
disintegration at the hands of a less able, and possibly hostile, successor who might
be elected from another branch of the family, after his death, I do not recommend
any departure, on our part, from the existing procedure in regard to succession.
13. I propose, therefore, subject to your approval, to limit myself to informing
His Highness that the election has been noted, but that formal recognistion of his
successor must be deferred until the latter’s actual accession to the Sultanate ;
and I intend to avoid the use of any expression that would imply a guarantee by
His Majesty’s Government of the arrangement that has been made.
( 20 )
{Received on 17th June 1933, with Political Secretary’’s letter No. 22, dated the 1st
June 1933.)
Enclosure in Colonial Office covering latter, dated the 22nd May 1933 No. S.
27033/II/S. 6.
Letter from the Air Ministry, to the Colonial Office, No. S. 27003/
Pt. ll/S. 6, dated the 22nd May 1933.
I am commanded by the Air Council to refer to Colonial Office letter No.
17963/33, dated the 17th May [Serial No. (19)], forwarding a copy of a despatch
from the President at Aden regarding the succession to the Sultanate of Lahej and
to acquaint you, for the information of the Secretary of State for the Colonies,
that they are in agreement with the procedure proposed.
Copies of this letter are being sent to the Foreign Office and 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. .
( 21 )
{Received one 24th June 1933, with Political Secretary's letter No. 23, dated the 8th
June 1933.)
Letter from the Foreign Office, to the Clonial Office, No. E. 2581/299/91,
DATED THE 26TH MAY 1933.
With reference to your letter No. 17963/33 of the 17th May [Serial No. (19)
regarding the succession to the Sultanate of Lahej, I am directed by Secretary
Sir John Simon to request you to inform Secretary Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister, that
he concurs in the proposal to approve the course of action suggested by the
Resident at Aden in paragraph 13 of his confidential despatch No. 65 of the 22nd
March [Enclosure to ibid'].
2. Copies of this letter are being sent 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. and the Air Ministry.
( 22 )
Letter from the Foreign Office, 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. E. 3014/347/65,
DATED THE 12TH JUNE 1933.
With reference to your letter No. P.Z. 3310/33 of June 8th, and to our t^lk
on June 10th, about my draft memorandum on the question of Arab unity, I now
enclose a copy of the memorandum as modified as a result of your letter and of
our conversation. I am submitting this memorandum to my higher authorities
here, but do not yet know whether it will be approved.
I am sending copies of the enclosed revised draft to Parkinson at the Colonial
Office, and, at his suggestion, to Peirse at the Air Ministry, with the necessary
explanations.

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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)
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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 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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