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'File 8/15 Arab Series - 1933-1939' [‎52v] (104/434)

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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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40. A considerable increase in the exportation of salt to the Far East has
recently been noticeable ; Japanese steamers call frequently and during the month
a British ship loaded 6000 tons for Vladivostok.
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(Received ov 19th May 1934, ttrith Political Secretary's letter No. 18, dated the
3rd May 1934.)
Letter from the Admiralty, 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. M.-0952j34, dated the
30th April 1934.
[ am commanded by My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to transmit
for the information of the Secretary of State for India in Council, extracts from
a report of proceedings of H. M. S. Penzance covering the period 4th to 30th
March 1934 [cf. Serial No. (48)].
Enclosure to Serial No. (49).
* • • • •
Extract from a Proceedings of H. M. S. Penzance for the period 4th to 30th
March 1924.
5. Arrived at 1600 on 6th.
* * * • *
Stare Trade.
8 . With reference to Hasting’s Report of Proceedings for August, 1933,
(No. 7-A.'8 of 6th September, 1933, the Resident in conversation re-affirmed his
conviction that the efficiency of his military patrols prohibits the export of slaves
from the Eritrean coast. These patrols are stated to be employed mainly on the
Abyssinian frontier, and their function from an anti-slavery aspect is therefore
the prevention of the entry of slave caravans into Eritrean territory. Doubtless
all innocent traffic follows well-defined routes through the mountains of the
interior, which may be adequately watched, but to regard the frontier as being
closed effectively to small gangs engaged on this or any other illegitimate trade
appears optimistic when the total military force is but 130 strong.
Italian posts in the Red Sea.
9 . The Italian posts on Jebul Zukur and Great Hanish were referred to in
casual conversation by the Resident, under whose orders they are maintained.
He stated—as has been said before—that their function is to “ protect ” the
fishing boats working there, as the area falls within the limits of a fishing con
cession, covering most of the Eritrean coast, which has been granted to an Italian
10 . By what stretch of imagination the Hanish Group can properly be con
sidered to lie within Italian jurisdiction and against whom protection is required
are points upon which comment is superfluous. As, however, Doctor Oaraccioli
appeared somewhat ill at ease on this topic, and the facts having already been
fully reported, the matter was not pressed to the point of posing such embarras
sing questions. The information was volunteered that the visit of “ Penzance ,r
to the posts on 11th May, 1933, had been reported in writing—presumably by
the Askari N. C. O.’s.
11 . Through the kindness of the Manager, a party of ratings visited the Salt
Works, remarks on which are included in the Intelligence report referred to in
paragraph 7. A contract for the supply of 80,000 tons to Japan before Decem
ber, 1934, has recently been secured, the negotiations being conducted through

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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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