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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎28v] (56/434)

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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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Custom and other charges, besides, he sends his soldiers every now and then
with various warnings if I fail to do so, so I beg your honour to kindly see into
this matter and approach the Imam Government and see the Chiei Commis
sioner of Aden and speak about my grievances and recommend that I may have
a rifle and 50 rounds, as well as my soldiers who are ten in number in Bir
Sokeiya, for our own defence. I understand that the load between I erim to
Sokeiya’vio Sheikh-Said is not allowed to be used by us, and if I happen to pass
through there, I shall be put in prison by the chief of Sheikh-Said. Sir, I
understand your honour is sailing this afternoon, and if you do not try and come
to our shores and see our circumstances personally I shall come along with your
honour also, if you would like to give me a lift. If the amberi chief of Sheikh-
Said will take customs dues on dhows callings, then where are we to go as it
would not be paving to dhowmen with their scanty freight that they get to call
anvmore to Sokeiya, and besides this the Chief of Sheikh-Said closed the road
for us, as to why we are in favour of British, but we know from our forefather
that British rules from Aden to Sokeiya but the treats of the chief of Sheikh-
Said makes us nervous, and we are in danger any time.
I need not say more, and I leave it to your honour to judge this, and give us
Enclosure 3 to Serial No. (49).
Enclosure to E. M. S. “ Penzance ’’—Report of Proceedings for the period 2nd
September to 1st October 1933.
Visit of ’Aqil of Bir Suqaiya.
I have the honour to report that the ’Aqil of Bir Suqaiya visited H. M. S.
“ Penzance ” this morning and presented the enclosed letter. It appears that
he came to Perim on Saturday last with the intention ot seeking an interview
with Mr. Sinclair, but was recommended instead to call on me.
2. I interrogated the ’Aqil with the object of elucidating his complaints, and
gathered the following information :—
{a) A small force of Yemeni troops at Sheik-Said forbid the passage of
traffic from the Protectorate to Perim through that port. The
’Aqil had on this occasion made the entire journey by sea.
(5) Since the visit of Lieutenant Hamilton to Suqaiya (about 14th
instant) an armed Yemeni soldier appeared and demanded arrears
of tax, in compliance with which 50 MT dollars were accordingly
(c) Five days ago, a further demand was made for camel and goat tax,
but there being no money in the exchequer the envoy was told that
payment must be deferred.
3. I could see nothing to be gained by visiting Suqaiya in the ship, and
therefore told the ’Aqil that my programme would not permit of this deviation.
If weather conditions permit, I propose to visit Suqaiya for a few hours on
Thursday 28th September, while on passage to Aden.
Enclosure 4 to Serial No. (49).
Enclosure to E. M. S. “ Penzance ’’—Report of Proceedings for the period 2nd
September to 1st October 1933.
In amplification of my wireless message timed 12-40 of this date and in
continuation of mv report No. 1115i6, dated 25th September, I have the honour
to inform you that H. M. S. “ Penzance ” arrived off Bir Suqaiya at 09-00 this
2. Accompanied by my Interpreter I landed immediately and was cordially
received by Shiekh Ahmed Ali Fateh, who had himself only arrived one hour
previously, in a Perim dhow.
3. No further developments in the situation in the village have occurred
since the ’Aqil’s departure, neither is there any local intelligence of a recent

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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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