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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎14r] (27/434)

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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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(7) If any dispute arises between the Government and the Company, which
cannot be settled by the parties, then one arbitrator will be appointed by the
Government and the other will be selected by the Company from the Nation of
which it is the subject. The arbitrator may be a European or an Indian ; the
decision given by the arbitrator to be binding on the Government as well as on the
(8) This agreement will be for a period of fifty years, at the present, to which
the present Government, their Successors and Representatives will adhere.
(9) As soon as the conditions between you and us are settled and signed, the
work will commence after three months.
The Government will help the Company as far as possible and will not refuse
to do so.
{Received on the 1st July 1933, with the Political Secretary’s'letter No. 24, dated the
15th June 1933.)
Letter from the Resident, Aden, to the Colonial Office, No. 22, dated the
25th January 1933.
I have the honour to report for your information that Sheikh ’Abdunnabi bin
’Ali Nasir, Sheikh of the ’Alawi Tribe, who was admitted in the Civil Hospital,
Aden, suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculosis of the lungs, died on the 22nd Janu
ary 1933.
2. He was stipendiary Chief, and as soon as a successor has been elected by hi s
tribesmen a further communication will be addressed to you.
Enclosure to Serial No. (24).
Letter from the Resident, Aden, to the Colonial Office, No. 88, dated the
19th April 1933.
I have the honour to refer to Lieutenant-Colonel Lake’s despatch No. 22,
dated the 25th January 1933 [Serial No. (24)], and to state that I have now received
a declaration signed by the customary electors in the Alawi tribe that Sheikh
Muhsin bin Ali Nashir A1 Alawi, brother of the fate Sheikh, has been duly elected
as his successor.
2. Believing this election to have been in order, I have accorded recognition
to Sheikh Muhsin bin Ali Nashir and authorised the payment to him of the stipend
previously enjoyed by his late brother, in accordance with the authority contained
in Colonial Office despatch No. 22, dated 30th May 1929.
{Received cm the 8th July 1933, with the Political Secretary’s letter No. 25, dated the
22nd June 1933.)
Letter from His Majesty’s Minister, Jedda, to the Foreign Office, No. 113,
No. 1.
Sir A. Ryan to Sir John Simon.—{Received May 8th).
In paragraph 5 of my despatch No. 23 of the 17th January, I stated that,
so far as I could make out, the frontier between Azir and the Yemen appeared to
abut on the sea at the mouth of the Wadi Tashar and to run inland in a direction
which I proceeded to indicate. On re-reading the relevant papers I find that I was
probably too guarded as regards the terminal on the sea. Although it is quite
uncertain whether the frontier has been agreed as regards its whole length and
certain that it has not been delimited, the Saudi official communique published
on the 6th January and forwarded with my printed despatch No. 10 of the 8th
January, speaks definitely of the Wadi Tashar, to which the Saudi troops claimed
to have advanced, as being the furthest district on the coast. It may therefore

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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.

Extent and format
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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